Cities of the imagination: science fiction, urban space, and community engagement in urban planning

Collie, Natalie (2011) Cities of the imagination: science fiction, urban space, and community engagement in urban planning. Futures, 43 4: 424-431. doi:10.1016/j.futures.2011.01.005


Author Collie, Natalie
Title Cities of the imagination: science fiction, urban space, and community engagement in urban planning
Journal name Futures   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0016-3287
1873-6378
Publication date 2011-05-01
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1016/j.futures.2011.01.005
Open Access Status
Volume 43
Issue 4
Start page 424
End page 431
Total pages 8
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Stories, dreams, histories and myths, Michel de Certeau argues, connect people to particular places and makes place concrete and inhabitable. These narratives generate an imaginary, poetic geography that haunts the abstract city of street maps and development plans, and makes it socially meaningful. This paper is concerned with one particular kind of story-telling – science fiction – and its relationship with the city, urban planning, and questions of community engagement. The paper argues that the ‘cities of the imagination’ generated by science fiction and other forms of narrative provide a powerful means of understanding, communicating and enriching the connections to place in urban communities. Moreover, science fiction is often characterised by its ability to explore the future of cities. This gives the genre a fascinating and potentially useful resonance with urban planning as a discourse and set of practices; and, in particular, strategies for engaging communities in the design process and, thus, designing for future social sustainability. These ideas will be tested through a reading of near-future urban spatiality in the cyberpunk stories of William Gibson. The theorisation of the relationship between urban space and narrative in the work of de Certeau and other theorists will be used to help frame this discussion.
Keyword Cities
Science fiction
Community engagement
Urban planning
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collection: School of Communication and Arts Publications
 
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