The Arts District in Los Angeles and the Lyon Confluences Project (France)

Regeneration is not seen as a rigid sequential planning process but rather as process of translation or “an innovation that needs to be promoted, developed and shaped by creating associations between individuals” (Arnaboldi and Spiller, 2011). In that sense, governance arrangements are an important component of innovative regeneration processes.

The data for Los Angeles was collected in November 2013 through semi-structured interviews with the stakeholders involved the social production of urban space. The main planning documents related to the Adaptive re-use ordinance (1999) were analysed.

The research for the Lyon Confluences project – the largest regeneration project in Europe with 150 ha of industrial land being redeveloped in two phases – happened in December 2014 in Lyon.

The data collection was also based on semi-structured interviews with urban stakeholders and on the analysis of the main planning documents – including Master Plans – the semi-structured interviews focused on the governance arrangements as well as on the financial mechanisms in the French context to enable the redevelopment of large industrial areas.

Lecturer in Planning Dr. Sébastien Darchen from the University of Queensland identifies the factors that foster innovative regeneration processes by looking at two international case studies.



Arnaboldi, M and Spiller, N (2011). Actor-network theory and stakeholder collaboration: The case of cultural districts. Tourism Management 32, pp. 641-654.


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26 July 2016