The NYMA assemblage: A development between becoming & being. Bringing assemblage theory to urban practice

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Previous research has shown an increasing interest in conceptualizing assemblage thinking for urban studies, human geography and sociology. Based on the Deleuzoguattarian philosophy, this new perspective on urban planning and design can be applied to enhance explorational thinking in the realm of urban practice. In order to make practical use of assemblage theory, the ontological focus needs to shift to a more methodological approach. The creative potential that lies in this methodology can bring new insights on the application of assemblage thinking to contemporary planning and design practices. Here, this research builds upon the double articulation, using (de)territorialization and (de)coding, to elucidate the coming together of the assemblage system and its urban concepts. So far, little is known about the roles that the two articulations of the theory play in regard to the placemaking- and identity formation processes of urban (re-)development projects. This study provides insights on a practical application of assemblage theory to urban practice with a case study of an urban redevelopment project in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. The framework of this research consists of a multi-method approach. Herewith, earlier conceptualizations of assemblage thinking are attempted to overcome, while a new visual methodology is created.
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