Postgrowthplanning/ Postwachstumsplanung

Collective for leading common spaces beyond growth

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Post-Growth Planning: A planning in which growth is neither a necessary starting point to plan nor a goal that must be achieved by means of planning. It works on change but does not set economic growth (especially in GDP terms) or competition among public entities (especially for population and for economic numbers) as its goal. Post-growth planning aims to enhance the quality of life for a diversity of people, but not with more of the same growth solutions. It acts within available resources (including land) and planetary boundaries through a multiplicity of roles to enable a good life for all. To achieve this, critical post-growth planners engage and motivate to take honest, just, and democratic decisions.

Starting from open questions in 2016/17, the exploration of #postgrowthplanning continues… Follow on social media accounts (see bottom of the page).

Becoming a Post-Growth Planner: obstacles and challenges to changing roles and practices

Podcast series

Watch episodes of our podcast series: “Becoming a post-growth planner: obstacles and challenges to changing roles and practices“. The episodes interview inspiring thinkers about contemporary planning and potentials for a transformation towards growth-independent roles and practices.

Further episodes upcoming…

Recent Readings

  • Savini, F., Ferreira, A., & Schönfeld, K. C. von (Eds.). (2022). Post-Growth Planning: Cities beyond the market economy. Routledge.
  • Lamker, C. W. (2022, January 15). Postwachstumsplanerin werden – Teil 2. Blog Postwachstum.
  • Lamker, C. W. (2022, January 14). Postwachstumsplanerin werden – Teil 1. Blog Postwachstum.
  • Lamker, C. W. (2021). Becoming a Post-Growth Planner. Rooilijn(September).
  • Lamker, C. W., & Terfrüchte, T. (2021). Postwachstum nach der Pandemie: Gleichwertige Lebensverhältnisse ohne Wachstumszwang. RaumPlanung(3-4), 34–39.
  • Lange, B., Hülz, M., Schmid, B., & Schulz, C. (Eds.). (2021). Social and Cultural Geography: Vol. 49. Post-Growth Geographies: Spatial Relations of Diverse and Alternative Economies. Transcript; transcript Verlag.
  • Brokow-Loga, A., & Eckardt, F. (Eds.). (2020). Postwachstumsstadt: Konturen einer solidarischen Stadtpolitik. oekom verlag.
  • Lamker, C. W., & Schulze Dieckhoff, V. (2020, April 9). Post-growth planning for post-corona times: Reinventing a growth-independent planning in times of crisis. Discussion paper. Groningen, Dortmund. Collective Post-Growth Planning.

Post-growth planning for post-corona times

Post-growth planning for post-corona times: Reinventing a growth-independent planning in times of crisis

What might the current Corona crisis mean from a post-growth planning perspective? This short discussion paper aims at supporting a debate within society and spatial planning about imagining positive growth-independent spatial futures and finding ways to plan and organize for them.


Post-growth from international planning perspectives: Digital roundtable on the future of planning in a post-growth world

Roundtable during the Dortmund Conference 2020 on Spatial and Planning Research at TU Dortmund University | Monday, 17 February 2020

Roundtable: Handout

Christian Lamker (Groningen, Netherlands), Viola Schulze Dieckhoff (Dortmund, Germany), Kim Carlotta von Schönfeld (Wageningen, Netherlands)
Guest speakers: Christian Schulz (Luxembourg), Jin Xue (Ås, Norway), Anitra Nelson (Melbourne, Australia), Yvonne Rydin (London, UK)

The debate on post-growth perspectives for society, economy and space is accelerating. Post-growth thinking and acting is no longer only something for small communities, for local neighbourhoods for islands of alternative thinkers and doers.
What might post-growth planning be? A planning in which growth is neither a necessary starting point nor a goal that must be achieved. One that does work on change, but not on growth. One that works on quality of life, but not with more of the same growth solutions. One in which planners engage and motivate.

Sechs Thesen einer Postwachstumsplanung

Seit Ende 2016 arbeiten wir an der Entwicklung von Rahmenbedingungen für die räumliche Organisation und Planung in einer Postwachstumsgesellschaft. Seit April 2017 haben wir den Begriff Postwachstumsplanung hierfür gefunden. Die Diskussionen der letzten zwei Jahre und das Aufeinandertreffen von Postwachstum und Stadt-/Raumplanung fassen wir in sechs Thesen zusammen:

  1. Postwachstumsplanung braucht neue Erfolgskriterien als Handlungsgrundlage!
  2. Postwachstumsplanung bedeutet gerechte und demokratische Entscheidungen!
  3. Postwachstumsplanung stößt große Transformationen durch kleinteilige Veränderungen an!
  4. Postwachstumsplanung braucht experimentelles und künstlerisches Handeln!
  5. Postwachstumsplanung muss aus Scheitern lernen!
  6. Postwachstumsplaner*innen sind wir alle!

Die Thesen von Christian Lamker und Viola Schulze Dieckhoff wurden in der vorliegenden Form am 29. Juni 2019 auf dem ARL-Kongress „Postwachstum und Transformation: Planen – Steuern – Wirtschaften“ mit einem Sonderpreis des Förderkreises für Raum- und Umweltforschung e. V. (FRU) und der Akademie für Raumforschung und Landesplanung (ARL) ausgezeichnet.

Stay informed, contact & discuss!

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Postwachstumsplanung – Kollektiv für wachstumsunabhängige Räume
Postgrowthplanning – collective for leading common spaces beyond growth


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