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Storytelling as a Co-creation Tool for Urban Planning

Video Summary

This video discusses the importance of stories and storytelling as a co-creation tool for urban planning practice. The first part explains how stories provide a rich understanding of the urban conditions and how stories are used to impose dominant agendas.


It then shows how using storytelling as a co-creation tool can be one way through which planning accounts for stories of diverse urban stakeholders, challenging dominant thinking and practices. The video concludes by highlighting the important role of urban planners in contributing to more inclusive planning.


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Carolina Lunetta
Specialist in spatial planning and gender
Department of Socio-Spatial Development
IHS - Erasmus University

Carolina Lunetta is a spatial planning and gender expert at the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS). In the MSc in Urban Management and Development, she teaches in the Strategic Urban Planning and Policy master track. In the MSc in Urban Governance, she coordinates and teaches the Spatiality and Justice in Urban Governance course.


Carolina holds a master’s degree in Urban Management from TU Berlin. She studied Architecture and Urbanism for his Bachelor's at the Universidade Mackenzie in São Paulo and the TU Eindhoven.

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Felipe Moreira, MSc

Architect and Urban Planner with an Intersectional Agenda

PhD student at FAUUSP

Felipe Moreira is a Brazilian researcher, architect and urban planner with an intersectional agenda. He is currently working on his PhD at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism at the University of São Paulo (FAUUSP). For the past 12 years, he has worked as a consultant for many Brazilian cities, focusing on social housing and the Right to City policies.


Felipe holds a master's degree in Housing from FAUUSP. He studied Architecture and Urbanism for his Bachelor's at the Universidade Mackenzie in São Paulo and the TU Eindhoven.

Additional Information


  • Quote 1 "The way we narrate the city becomes constitutive of urban reality, affecting the choices we make, the ways we then might act" (Sandercock, 2003, p. 12).

  • Quote 2 “Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign, but stories can also be used to empower and to humanize” (Adichie, 2009)

  • Quote 3 “are part of a generalized ideology of domination that operates based on an authoritarian logic of power” (Bueno, 2020 p. 117)

  • Adichie, C. N. (2009, July). The danger of a single story [Video]. TED Conferences. 


  • Bueno, W. (2020). Imagens de Controle um Conceito do Pensamento de Patricia Hill Collins.Ed ZUOK

  • Sandercock, L. (2003). Out of the Closet: The Importance of Stories and Storytelling in Planning Practice. Planning Theory & Practice, 4(1), 11-28.

  • van Hulst, M. (2012). Storytelling, a model of and a model for planning. Planning Theory, 11(3), 299–318.

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