Ambiguity as an OpportunityCoping With Change in Urban Megaprojects

Authored by: Stan Majoor

The Routledge Handbook of Institutions and Planning in Action

Print publication date:  July  2018
Online publication date:  July  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138085732
eBook ISBN: 9781315111230
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315111230-22

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Abstract

Their long trajectory of decision making and execution makes urban megaprojects that combine investments in real estate, public spaces and infrastructures to create new urban locales, particularly prone to the effects of changing political, economic, technical and social conditions. This chapter analyses how three prominent projects, Amsterdam Zuidas, Copenhagen Ørestad and Melbourne Docklands coped with such turbulence during their delivery phase. It assesses their strategic ambiguity as the presence of a normative ambiguous mission and the organizational capacity to combine institutional reflection and pragmatic action.

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