Author Archives: Ian Babelon

About Ian Babelon

Ian Babelon is a PhD candidate at Northumbria University in Newcastle, UK, working on the topic of virtual cities for public engagement. His research interests cover public engagement, Public Participation GIS (PPGIS), Impact Assessment, renewable energies, and urban ecosystem services. He has an international academic background in anthropology, human geography and urban planning, which makes it excruciatingly hard for him to think "inside the box".

Participatory budgeting made in France

Participatory budgeting is increasingly popular among local councils, and is now also adopted by regional and even national governments across the globe. The influential American non-profit Participatory Budgeting Project defines participatory budgeting as such: Participatory budgeting (PB) is a democratic … Continue reading

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Public participation: databases and resources

Here is a list of resources, repositories and models that can help to design, conduct and evaluate effective public participation in spatial planning. The list is meant to grow and be crowdsourced, so please leave a reply or send an … Continue reading

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Welcome to the cyborg: hybridity in place-making, Part 1

This is the first of two posts about cyborgs: what they are, and how they manifest as the hybrid objects and forms of knowledge that characterise much of place-making today. Is cyborg place-making a reality in-the-making? Or is it all … Continue reading

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Social Enterprise, made in France – helping people and planet?

Spatial planning, at its best, can facilitate sustainable development. Planning policies, however, are no silver bullet for the implementation of sustainable development goals. Where spatial planning might sometimes fall short of leveraging solutions on the ground, the emerging trend of … Continue reading

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Call for blog posts

The blog of the AESOP Young Academics network is looking for regular and occasional contributors to write on diverse topics related to spatial and territorial planning. Contributions can be made on just about any aspect of spatial planning. Detailed examples … Continue reading

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#Spacematters – List of planning-related blogs v. 1.0

“It doesn’t matter what country or what political system you are from. Space brings you together” Valentina Tereshkova, retired Russian cosmonaut, engineer and politician; first woman to have been in space (1963). As the YA AESOP blog will be entering … Continue reading

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Minimalism

In this blog I explore the value of minimalism for many aspects of our urban lives. I draw parallels between such varied phenomena as urban acupuncture, resource-optimised engineering, consumption practices, communication and personal philosophies. Aesthetics Minimalism is most famous for … Continue reading

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