chapter  6
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Developing shared terms for spatial quality through design

ByMARLEEN GOETHALS, JAN SCHREURS

Strategic spatial projects emerge through a complex interplay between different actors, each of whom has his or her own interests and perspectives (Loeckx 2007: 116). Experience acquired in professional practice has shown that actors find it difficult to look beyond their own interests, to empathise with each other’s perception of the situation or with the yearnings of users (Kaplan et al. 1998: 27). This results in drawn-out processes, which sometimes do not lead to implementation at all, or in situations in which the quality of implementation is viewed differently by different parties.