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Methodology and framework of comparative urban planning law +
Jinwon, Jeon

This study argues for establishment of a realistic goal for comparative planning law by focusing on the planning law's modifiability. The author argues that comparison in planning law should not attempt to find universally desirable principles or better solutions. Rather, the goal should be to identify a motive for devising a solution. This is because it is not only difficult to establish legal values that are universally applicable to planning law but also inappropriate to determine superiority of planning laws that have been developed over time by each jurisdiction’s sovereignty and policies on land use.

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Condominium to the Country: The Sprawl of Ownership within Private Local Government in British Columbia +
Douglas C Harris & Guy Patterson

This paper reveals how the condominium form, which brought an architecture of ownership and government from the homeowners association of the American suburbs to the North American city, has spread back from the city into the suburban, exurban, and rural, producing a sprawl of ownership within private local government.

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Shrinking Cities as European Capitals of Culture: Has this Status enabled their Reurbanisation? +
Branislav Antonic, Aleksandra Djukic & J. Marić

The aim of this paper is to analyze whether the status of European capital of culture has had an impact on population trends in the selected shrinking cities.

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Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Rural Development in China over the Past 40 Years +
Ying Lu & Walter Timo de Vries

Over the past 40 years, rural China has witnessed drastic changes in its spatial and socio-economic development. In this study, the authors adopt a quantitative approach to analyze the spatio-temporal patterns of the rural development process. The paper builds an indicator system with nine indicators from population, land, and industry dimensions and calculate the change rate of each indicator of 31 provinces in seven five-year development cycles from 1980 to 2018. Overall, the authors suggest that development policies and strategies should coordinate the relationship between population, land, and industry to achieve rural revitalization.

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Plural planning theories: cherishing the diversity of planning +
Benjamin Davy, Meike Levin-Keitel & Franziska Sielker

The authors present two approaches to planning theories that help understand why and how planners can address plural rationalities. One approach asserts that polyrationality is inevitable and planners need to listen to other voices, other rationalities. The other approach admonishes planners to choose wisely which worldview, rationality or bias they wish to follow and pursue. Finally, the authors invite the academic planning community to provide environments that allow for more theory-led debates.

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