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Planning for Transition

Contemporary cities and territories face significant challenges – natural disasters due to climate change impacts, ecological crises, growing socio-economic unrest, global migration, political rifts including a rise of right wing factions, ambitious public works and mega-projects – all of which require new capacities in dealing with such individual and multiple groupings of such challenging and profound changes. It is a matter of fact that at international level a discourse if not a condition of transition is pervading sectors and societies. This discourse points to alternative patterns and solutions to many of the challenges faced. A quickly changing scenario requires forms of planning, both locally and globally, which bear the capacity to support and manage mutable urban and environmental conditions. In fact, although cities do incessantly change, policy-makers and institutions are never fully prepared to respond to complex and risky situations, as well as relying on planning and policy tools which are often outdated;

in addition, also existing theoretical frameworks, concepts, cognitive abilities and approaches become ineffective or outmoded.
Each unintended or unanticipated change comes as a break to existing social, political, and administrative routines and yet is may be anticipated that mechanisms of collective reflection and action will be generated. The congress invites scholars and practitioners to present and discuss case-studies of cities and projects that have engaged in meeting challenging situations – supporting transitions in urban contexts. Specifically, it is aimed at offering an understanding of the forms of knowledge, concepts, tools, and skills needed to plan and address transition. Furthermore, it seeks to explore whether (and how) managing such changes has brought any overall reconsideration of the city design model and towards more general institutional reconfigurations.


Transforming built heritage and landscapes

Adrianna Kupidura (Warsaw University of Technology, Poland)
Anna Marson (University Iuav of Venice, Italy)
Rozana Darwich (Université Paris-Sorbonne, France; Université Libanaise, Lebanon)

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Urban design for multilevel planning

Ali Madanipour (Newcastle University, United Kingdom)
Valeria Lingua (Florence University, Italy)
Isidora Šobot (TU Vienna, Austria)

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Teaching planning for the transition

Artur Rosa Pires (University of Aveiro, Portugal)
Cristiana Rossignolo (Polytechnic of Turin, Italy)
Ying-Tzu Lin (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)

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Institutional change and regional transition

Giancarlo Cotella (Politecnico di Torino, Italy)
Eva Purkarthofer (Aalto University, Finland)
Carla Tedesco (Università Iuav di Venezia, Italy)

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Methods and technologies for transformative planning

Nicolas Douay (University of Grenoble, France)
Michele Campagna (University of Cagliari, Italy)
Irene Luque Martín (FABRICations/University of Twente, Netherlands)

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Community-based planning and social innovation

Seppe De Blust (KU Leuven, Belgium)
Francesco Chiodelli (Gran Sasso Science Institute, Italy)
Giusy Pappalardo (University of Catania, Italy)

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Theorizing urban change: complexity and ethics

Tijana Dabovic (University of Belgrad, Serbia)
Francesco Lo Piccolo (University of Palermo, Italy)
Christopher Maidment (Anglia Ruskin University, United Kingdom

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Transition paths and urban futures

Peter Ache (Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands)
Adriana Galderisi (University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, Italy)
Hendawy Mennatullah (TU Berlin, Germany)

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Climate proof cities and resilient societies

Kaliopi Sapountzaki (Harokopio University, Athens, Greece)
Eugenio Morello (Polytecnic of Milan, Italy)
Thomas Verbeek (University of Warwick, United Kingdom)

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Urban metabolism and circular economy

Mendel Giezen (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Matelda Reho (University Iuav of Venice, Italy)
Danielle McCarthy (Queen’s University Belfast, United Kingdom)

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Housing, gentrification and socio-spatial dynamics

Gavin Parker (University of Reading, United Kingdom)
Laura Colini (Tesserae, Berlin, Germany)
Yvonne Franz (University of Vienna, Austria)

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Healthy city planning: food, physical activity and social justice

Wang Lan (Tongji University, China)
Maria Chiara Tosi (University Iuav of Venice, Italy)
Angeliki Paidakaki (University of Leuven, Belgium)

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Planning for accessibility and sustainable mobilities

Petter Næss (Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway)
Paola Pucci (Polytecnic of Milan, Italy)
Lara Mottee (University of Groningen, Netherlands)

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Planning, Law and Property Right: in the face of transitions

Rachelle Alterman (Israel Institute of Technology, Israel)
Thomas Hartmann (Wageningen University, Netherlands)
Kim Carlotta von Schönfeld (Wageningen University, Netherlands)

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Tourism, public spaces and urban cultures

Ceren Sezer (Delft University of Technology, Netherlands)
Gabriella Esposito De Vita (National Research Council and University Federico II, Italy)
Stefania Ragozino (National Research Council, Italy)


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Urban and Regional economics of transition

Michael Getzner (University of Vienna, Austria)
Massimiliano Mazzanti (University of Ferrara, Italy)
Egbert van der Zee (Utrecht University, Netherlands)

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Special Session

1. Transition Histories
2. Urban Tourism, Neighborhood Change and Social Conflicts
3. Innovative Agriculture for Healthy Cities
4. Towards Post-Growth Planning Theory and Practice
5. Planning and Designing Green Infrastructures
6. Land Development and Management in Post-Socialist Countries
7. Home Sharing. Short-Term Rentals Affecting Local Housing Markets
8. Dynamic Change, Uncertainty and Planning for Adaptivity
9. Space, Citizenship and Identity: The Eu-Mena Region
10. The Role of The Local in Improving Cohesion and Spatial Justice
11. Friendly Spaces and Mobility for Ageing
12. Emerging Spatialities and Eu Policy Instruments: Cases and Perspectives
13. Facing Migrants Exclusionary Urban Policies
14. Learning Loops in The Public Realm. Enabling Social Learning in Communities to Tackle the
Challenges of Cities in Transition
15. Planning and Biodiversity
16. Acsp-Aesop Special Session: Morsels of Hope: Migration and Urban Planning
17. Spatial Tensions: Urban Microgeographies for Changing Cities
18. Affordable Housing in Developing Countries: a Comparative Perspective
19. Acsp-Aesop Special Session: Learning from Arnstein’s Ladder: from Citizen Participation to
Public Engagement
20. Smart Cities and Regions Informing the Energy Transition
21. Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) In Europe: Challenges in Transition
22. Shrinking Cities and Sustainability
23. Regional Design: Impacts on Territorial Governance and Planning Practice

9 – 13 July 2019

Every year, usually in July, AESOP holds its Annual Congress, hosted by one of member universities. Congresses are a wide platform of exchange in the fields of research, education and practice in planning. They usually run around 20 thematic tracks and host outstanding invited speakers

The event takes place in convenient locations.

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