TRACK 07: Dealing with Urban and Rural Decline: Interplay of Actors and Responsibilities


Track schedule

July 14, 2015
Session 1: Patterns of decline room: 551
Chairpersons: Pallagst Karina, Wiechmann Thorsten  
Dodging decline: the post-industrial landscape of Niagara Falls, Ontario Ellingham Ian (Canada)
Migration and dispersion: territorial patterns change in the urban - rural fringe in Santa Catarina State, Brazil Moraes Sergio (Brazil)
A comparative study of the European and Japanese definitions of shrinking cities as applied to Japan Uemura Tetsuji (Japan)
Lifecycles and adaptability in mature suburban residential areas Polivka Jan (Germany)


Session 2: Planning responses room: 551
Chairperson: Wiechmann Thorsten  
What drives planning in a shrinking city? Tales from two German and two American cases. Pallagst Karina (Germany)
Urban planning pressures on “Zwischennutzungen”/ “temporary uses” with special reference to Tempelhof airport. Cunningham-Sabot Emmanuèle, Dubeaux Sarah (France)
The role of the architect in the decision-making power on the process of transformation of shrinking cities. Learning of two french experiences. Sowa Charline (France)
Planning responses to shrinking cities: the transferability of strategies Hartt Maxwell (Canada)


Session 3: Actors room: 551
Chairperson: Schretzenmayr Martina  
Diversified tasks and alliances: how planning in Germany responds to urban decline Nelle Anja (Germany)
Research on NGO community construction practice dealing with rural decline in China Zeng Yating (China)
When normative planning fails small towns Mitrea Andrei (Romania)
The role of planning in tackling urban decline: a comparison between Italian and English context Bindo Sara (Italy)


Session 4: Implementation room: 551
Chairperson: Schretzenmayr Martina  
Monitoring planning compliance. Assessment of land use changes in Lezíria do Tejo Region, Portugal. Calor Inês (Portugal)
Planning and democratic structure in oil related development areas on Norway’s West Coast Amdam Jørgen (Norway)
Research on "The trinity model" of the implementation of traditional village planning - a case study of the traditional village Clay Figure Wang in Wuhan City Ning Jian (China)
Changing roles and remits? Coastal resort regeneration on the island of Ireland McElduff Linda (UK)
New planning strategies for shrinking cities: from quantitative to qualitative planning tools Tittl Filip (Czech Republic)


July 15, 2015
Session 5: Opportunities room: 551
Chairperson: Schretzenmayr Martina  
Urban decline as a stimulus for innovations in spatial planning? A case study on temporary uses. Honeck Thomas (Germany)
Young inhabitants - crucial actors to cope with declining developments in rural communities and regions? Case-study based evidences from Austria. Fischer Tatjana, Peer Verena (Austria)
The role of networking, innovation and creativity in social responsibility to connect urban and rural environment Petrikova Dagmar (Slovakia)
(Re)defining the potential of vacant landed properties as common assets in the context of the current economic crisis: challenges in Greek urban areas Galani Myrto (Greece)


Session 6: Integrated development room: 551
Chairperson: Schretzenmayr Martina  
Managing rural decay. Strategies and responsibilities for declining regions in Austria Gruber Elisabeth (Austria)
On renaissance mode of peri-urbanized rural areas in the pattern of urban and rural integration-with the case study of villages on both sides of Huaijiu Road, Fanchang County, Anhui, China Wang Yi (China)
Dimensions of Shrinkage: evaluating the socio-economic consequences of population decline in two medium-sized cities in Europe, using the SULD decision support tool Sousa Sílvia, Saraiva Miguel (Portugal)
Using quality indicators to assess urban regeneration in residential areas Aminian Lida (The Netherlands)



Track description

Co-chairs: Martina Schretzenmayr, Wim van der Knaap 

Planning as profession and institution was established as a means how to manage growth. Now the dwindling population growth and stagnating economies in many of urban and rural regions make planning to cope with decline. To manage and, possibly, to reverse the decline, a collective action of various public and private actors is recommended. Which actors should be involved in dealing with urban and rural decline, which roles they should play and which competences and responsibilities they should regain and what should be their good response?