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Book chapter - Peer-reviewed, 2012

Case Studies in Renovation and Urban Regeneration: Learning by Doing

Johansson, Rolf


This chapter addresses the role of case-based reasoning in the field of architecture and planning. Professionals in the ‘making professions’ who need to handle problems which have many possible solutions—so called wicked problems—makes use of a repertoire. Access to a repertoire enables them to act. One of the most important components of a professional’s repertoire is socialized cases. What architects and planners know is embedded in what they do. The author argues that more attention should be made to learning by doing, in a broader sense, through systematic development of a repertoire that is socialized within the profession and that constitutes a common ground. Evaluative case studies make important contributions to a shared repertoire. This chapter elaborates on the characteristics of case study methodology and how it can be adapted to the study of artefacts. The case of Hammarby Sjöstad is used as an example.


case-based reasoning, case study, evaluation, methodology

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Book title: Requalifying the Built Environment. Challenges and Responses
ISBN: 978-0-88937-430-0
Publisher: Hogrefe Publishing

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Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Urban and Rural Development

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