Public Accountability to Residents in Contractual Urban Redevelopment
Contracts are increasingly used as planning tools to regulate the actions of public, private, and civil actors involved in urban regeneration. PARCOUR argues that there are important implications of contractual planning for sustainable urban development, public accountability, and the public interest at large.
PARCOUR explores how previously used land is redeveloped. The project includes nine case studies across three countries: Brazil, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Previously developed land, or brownfield sites, offer towns and cities the opportunity to create new infrastructure that can be used as public, office or industrial space and housing to meet the needs of the community. PARCOUR is designed to provide new ways of understanding the importance of how the redevelopment process is governed, with a particular focus on the contracts between the public sector bodies and private developers who deliver the new schemes. The project is designed to explore how the public can benefit from public-private contracts in terms of what is delivered through the partnership. The important question to be answered is: how does using contracts impact on public accountability and the public interest?
University of Amsterdam
The University of Amsterdam is the Lead Partner with Tuna Tasan-Kok as Project Coordinator.
University of Sao Paolo
The University of São Paulo is a public university in the Brazilian state of São Paulo.
The University of the West of England is a public university located in and around Bristol, United Kingdom.
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