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Urban development involves cooperation

Bringing together parties with different interests

A city is a complex structure, and the process of developing cities is just as intricate. There are always many parties involved. Urban development involves cooperation, the joining of forces.
The main parties involved are public authorities, private housing associations, developers or investors, as well as – obviously – residents and users. Recently citizens, individually or in groups, have been commissioning their own private housing projects, thereby bypassing professional developers.  

There is no recipe for guaranteed successful cooperation. The Netherlands has a strong tradition of public governance controlling private initiatives. Public participation in development processes is very well organized. In the United Kingdom, on the contrary, private parties dominate, negotiating their ideas with public authorities, which in the end are responsible for granting planning permission.

A question that often arises, namely who ultimately controls the process of city development, is not really interesting. Neither public nor private parties have a monopoly on inspiration, insight and decisiveness. In recent, more difficult times the Not Invented Here syndrome is only shameful: it is the result that counts. So the main thing to do is to respect different positions and interests and focus on convergent goals. What goals do we share, how can we join forces to realize a project? How can we simplify and accelerate the process? With whom can we share risks?

Anna Vos Concepts for Urban Change can help you understand your partners’ perspectives, private or public, so that cooperation will be effective and lead to implementation.

Effective collaboration leads to implementation