Frameworks for citizens participation in planning: from conversational to smart tools

Donagh Horgan, Branka Dimitrijevic

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The paper concentrates on tools and technologies used for participatory processes in sustainable urban planning. Scotland’s Place Standard, BREEAM-Communities assessment tool and the Smart City technologies for co-production in urban planning and design are analysed through literature review. Aktivniy Grazhdanin, a citizen engagement portal, established to devolve decision-making on aspects of Moscow’s urban planning to citizens, provides a case study on the potential use of online tools to solicit citizens’ views on the city management and transformation. Tools were selected as they provide participatory frameworks for developing consensus among decision makers and stakeholders on planning strategy, but use different methods - Scotland’s Place Standard initiates a dialogue with interested groups; BREEAM-Communities includes a consultation with stakeholders at a later stage; and Aktivniy Grazhdanin attempts to solicit stakeholders’ views by using online tools. Comprehensive criticism in the research of Kitchin (2014) and Angelidou & Psaltoglou (2017) identified themes around ownership, governance and participation that informed the line of questioning in the case study. The research highlights the strengths and weaknesses of the analysed tools. It recommends how frameworks can be best shaped by such tools to achieve local ownership and provide structure for a more inclusive urban planning.
Original languageEnglish
Article number101550
Number of pages9
JournalSustainable Cities and Society
Early online date12 Apr 2019
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2019


  • social Innovation
  • engagement tools
  • smart city technologies
  • frameworks
  • resilience


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  • Socially innovative frameworks for socioeconomic resilience in urban design

    Dimitrijevic, B. & Horgan, D., 18 Sept 2018, International Conference for Sustainable Design of the Built Environment SDBE 2018: Proceedings. Elsharkawy, H., Zahiri, S. & Clough, J. (eds.). London, p. 1033-1044 12 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution book

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  • Social Innovation Systems for Built Environment Planning taking Scotland forward

    Branka Dimitrijevic (Speaker)

    12 Nov 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

  • Architecture(s) for Resilience

    Branka Dimitrijevic (Organiser), Ashraf M. Salama (Speaker), Donagh Horgan (Speaker), Brian Evans (Speaker), Robert Mull (Speaker), Daniel McKendry (Speaker), Phillip Revell (Speaker), Lucille Tetley-Brown (Speaker), Jamie Cooke (Speaker), Immy Kaur (Speaker), Dominic Campbell (Speaker), Martin Fleischmann (Speaker), Alessandra Feliciotti (Speaker), Je Ahn (Speaker) & Andy Summers (Speaker)

    3 May 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganiser of special symposia

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