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Open Access 'What If We All Chip In?' Civic Crowdfunding As Alternative Financing For Urban Development Projects

C ivic crowdfunding has emerged as a viable participatory tool in current urban development processes. While participatory and collaborative planning have become an established means for increasing direct participation in institutionalized planning processes, litt le research has been done on the eff ects of participatory urbanism and the direct involvement of citizens in appropriating and shaping the built environment in a bott om-up and creative manner. This paper assesses the potential of civic crowdfunding as a form of participatory urban development, detects its limitations at the individual and structural levels, and investigates the practice within diff erent socio-spatial contexts. It aims at bridging the gap between recent research on civic crowdfunding and actual urban planning by exploring the rationales and practices of the actors involved in civic crowdfunding. The paper concludes with explicit recommendations regarding the adoption and use of civic crowdfunding in small and mid-sized urban development projects.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2019

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