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Illustrating spatial policies in Europe

D�hr, Stefanie


Stefanie D�hr


The visualisation of spatial policy options through maps and other cartographic illustrations can be very powerful both in the planning process and in communicating the key messages of planning strategies. However, experience from the 'European Spatial Development Perspective' (ESDP) shows that visualisation can also be the most difficult aspect in transnational spatial planning processes. This paper explores the potential role of policy maps in communicating spatial policy, and the progress made so far in visualising spatial policies in European spatial planning. It suggests possible reasons for the difficulties on reaching agreement on the form and content of planning policy maps at EU and transnational levels. The paper goes on to discuss theories that might assist in improving performance in the use of cartographic visualisations in European spatial planning. The article concludes by highlighting the need for further research on the communicative potential of cartographic visualisations in European spatial planning.


Dühr, S. (2003). Illustrating spatial policies in Europe. European Planning Studies, 11(8), 929-948.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Dec 1, 2003
Journal European Planning Studies
Print ISSN 0965-4313
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 11
Issue 8
Pages 929-948
Keywords spatial policies, Europe
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