2014 Sociotechnical Transitions and Urban Planning: A Case Study of Eco-Cohousing in Tompkins County, New York


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Sociotechnical Transitions and Urban Planning: A Case Study of Eco-Cohousing in Tompkins County, New York
by Robert Boyer
Journal of Planning Education and Research 34(4): 451- 464. 2014

Author's Abstract
The sociotechnical transitions framework describes how novel practice emerges from marginal “niche” contexts to the mainstream. Scholars of various fields have used sociotechnical transitions to explain processes of structural change for sustainability, yet little research examines the role of local plans or planners in transition processes. The author offers an in depth case study following the evolution of an eco-cohousing model from its grassroots origins to its current application in the housing market of Ithaca, New York. Planners used existing planning documents to translate innovative practices to the public, defying assumptions of the rational-linear model still common in planning scholarship.

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