Policies, Plans and Metrics
Edited by Tan Yigitcanlar, Kostas Metaxiotis and Francisco Javier Carrillo
Chapter 20: Afterword: Concluding: Directions for Building Prosperous Knowledge Cities
20. Afterword Concluding: directions for building prosperous knowledge cities Joris van Wezemael KNOWLEDGE-BASED (URBAN) DEVELOPMENT The collection of chapters in this book witnesses both the vibrancy and the challenges of an engagement with the relations of knowledge, space and place. Making policies, plans and metrics for building prosperous knowledge cities meets a number of challenges. Challenges emerge from the intrinsic heterogeneity of the research field that has been coined as knowledge-based (urban) development (KB(U)D). It is heterogeneous because of the multi-disciplinarity of the field, which is nicely reflected by the contributing authors (see their biographical notes). The many facets of knowledge and their ‘natural’ strings to management, psychology, decision-making, planning policy-making or economics give a leverage to the KB(U)D debate. However, the ‘multiplicity’ of the main headliner – ‘knowledge’ – complexifies simple notions of KB(U)D. Furthermore, the relation of ‘knowledge’ and ‘development’ is a fuzzy one. It is commonly acknowledged that much knowledge and learning is retrospective in nature (Weick 1995). Also, knowledge seems to be both an intimate friend and a complete stranger as it slips away when one tries to pin it down. This aspect reminds me of Wittgenstein’s notion that the aspects of things that are most important for us are hidden because of their simplicity and familiarity. ‘Development’, on the other hand, may include diverse issues such as green development, land development, real estate, urban planning, economic development, human development (humanity), social development or sustainable development, to name but a few. Although...
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