ABSTRACT (ENGLISH) In order learn about planning in a world increasingly characterised by resource interdependencies and a plurality of governing agencies, this paper follows the processes of becoming for two co-housing initiatives. Self-organisation - understood as the emergence of actor-networks - is the leading theoretical concept, complemented by translation from actor-network theory and individuation from assemblage theory. This theoretical hybrid distinguishes four forms of behaviour (decoding, coding, expansion and contraction) that are used to analyse the dynamics of becoming in the two cases. As a result, information is revealed on the conditions that give rise to co-housing initiatives, and the dynamic interactions between planning authorities, (groups of) initiators and other stakeholders that gave shape to the initiatives. Differences between these actors become blurred, as both try to create meaning and reasoning in a non-linear, complex and uncertain world. The paper concludes with a view on planning as an act of adaptive navigation, an act equally performed by professionals working for planning authorities and a case initiator.

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Keywords assemblages, co-housing, complexity, self-organisation, spatial planning, translation
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.3828/tpr.2016.20, hdl.handle.net/1765/123433
Journal Town Planning Review
Citation
Boonstra, B. (2016). Mapping trajectories of becoming: four forms of behaviour in co-housing initiatives. Town Planning Review, 87(3), 275–296. doi:10.3828/tpr.2016.20