actors – developers and corporations – to demonstrate the ‘public purpose’ and ‘economic impact’ of their prospective projects, which often leads to the transmission of public land and financial subsidies for development. In this sense, consultants are one of the strategic bridging agents between state and economy, providing the glue that has allowed myriad public–private partnerships to flourish (Weber and O’Neill-Kohl, 2013 ). In this chapter I will discuss how the anticipatory gaze – what some call ‘expectancy’ – is formalised in the tools and techniques used
This book uses an international perspective and draws on a wide range of new conceptual and empirical material to examine the sources of conflict and cooperation within the different landscapes of knowledge that are driving contemporary urban change. Based on the premise that historically established systems of regulation and control are being subject to unprecedented pressures, scholars critically reflect on the changing role of planning and governance in sustainable urban development, looking at how a shift in power relations between expert and local cultures in western planning processes has blurred the traditional boundaries between public, private and voluntary sectors.
sectors use their own technical knowledge and modalities to influence place-making. Contributions under this theme examine how private corporations, real-estate brokers, banks and land investors actively mobilise expert knowledge to shape urban projects and public policymaking. In Chapter 7 Rachel Weber focuses on the power of accountancy technologies and models of economic impact assessments used by development corporations and consultants in Chicago to shape urban development projects. These specialised forms of knowledge create an ‘anticipatory gaze’ under which