The theoretical background in this chapter is process aesthetics, inspired by Deleuze’s philosophy of becoming, expressed, for example, in recent theories in landscape urbanism and emergent urbanism. The concept of design is defined as a process of becoming negotiated between different social and material agents. The illustrative case study discussed an attempt to replace traditional master planning with ‘potentiality planning’ in the parallel commissioning process for Varvsstaden, Malmö, Sweden. The contribution to a general core of design research is an understanding of urban design practices as cross-disciplinary, processual and situated practices of developing urban potential.
Design Research: Synergies From Interdisciplinary Perspectives, 2010, p. 172-186