Linking territorial foresight and urban planning
Purpose ‐ This article aims to show the opportunity and benefits of linking territorial foresight tools to urban planning procedures. Additionally, it suggests ways to reinforce the scenario design method with more in-depth analysis, without losing
its qualitative nature and communication advantages. Design/methodology/approach ‐ These assumptions are tested in a scenario design exercise that explores the future evolution of the sustainable development paradigm and its implications in the
Spanish urban development model. Findings ‐ Major findings are obtained on the feasibility of a systematic approach that provides anticipatory intelligence about future disruptive events that may affect the natural environment and the socioeconomic
fabric of a given territory. In addition, the study confirms that foresight offers interesting opportunities for urban planners, such as anticipating changes, fostering participation and building networks, in contrast to its perception as a mere story-telling technique that generates oversimplified
visions without the backing of rigorous analysis. Research limitations/implications ‐ In order to boost the perception of scenario design as an added value instrument for urban planners, three sets of implications ‐ functional, parametric
and spatial ‐ are displayed to provide substantial information for policy makers. Originality/value ‐ The value of the present work lies in the synergy that can be generated between territorial foresight and urban planning, offering a great
opportunity for policy makers to use futurists' output as input for urban planners' work.