TRACK 19: Smart Approaches to Responsible-minded Planning Practice


Track schedule

July 14, 2015
Session 1: Community and participation I room: 465
An open game for dissent: Towards critical tools for collaborative processes of production of space Ana Paula Silva de Assis (Brazil)
Crafting new urban assemblages and steering neighbourhood transition: actors and roles in ecourban neighbourhood development Holden Meg (Canada)
How to establish a disaster-resilient ageing community based on local elderly welfare Institutions in Taiwan? Wang Ya-Ting (Taiwan)
Improving resilience of coastal settlements to natural hazards through bottom-up approaches: a case study of Shoalhaven, NSW, Australia Serrao-Neumann Silvia (Australia)
Research on the interrelationship of transitions between the Urban Functional Structure and Resident Population Structure from the perspective of spatial justice Lu Jing (China)
Mediterranean metabolism. A global notion adapted to local conditions of southern European city Russo Michelangelo (Italy)


Session 2: Community and participation II room: 465
Chairperson: TBA  
Empowering segregated Roma communities: lessons from 'From Shack to 3E house' project Smatanova Katarina (Slovakia)
Generative places: a new concept for emerging practices Santos Cruz Sara (Portugal)
Local agenda 21 Plus Josefstadt: projects to share space, talents, knowledge, objects and much more Hirschler Petra (Austria)
Informal urban development: the forming and mechanism of Songzhuang Art Village, Beijing Ye Qiming (China)
Can smart technologies revitalize the Ruhr Kunzmann Klaus R. (Germany)


Session 3: Planning process and leadership room: 465
Chairperson: TBA  
Strategic planning without institutional structures Svanda Nina (Austria)
Territorial innovation. Structural and social bases of re-territorialization processes Zanon Bruno (Italy)
Communicating planning intent: a Geddesian perspective on public leadership Amati Marco (Australia)
Process management of low-carbon urban development in China: the case study of Shanghai Lingang New Town Shuai Yue (China)
A tale of two cities: comparative studies of urban-rural cohesion development policies between Chengdu and Chongqing in China Gan Xinyue (China)


Session 4: Instruments and tools room: 465
Chairperson: TBA  
Geo ICT design for urban resilience Nedovic-Budic Zorica (Ireland)
The image map survey of high school students for Tokyo Metropolitan Area Hattori Keiro (Japan)
Cooperation in Austria’s urban agglomerations: an agenda for Austria’s agglomeration policy Hirschler Petra (Austria)
Searching for spatial sustainability: one goal, multiple paths Orenstein Daniel (Israel)
July 15, 2015
Session 5: Environment, boundaries and waterfront development room: 465
Chairperson: TBA  
Biophilic urbanism - from human nature to urban nature Littke Helene (Sweden)
Hydrological connectivity in the city-region landscape: has planning missed the boat? Serrao-Neumann Silvia (Australia)
The gap of climate adaptation development of the spatial planning system in Taiwan: How the multilevel planning agencies respond to climate risk Lin Yu-Tzu (The Netherlands)
Suburbs and boundaries: the continued push for peripheral expansion in Latin America context Freire Santoro Paula (Brazil)
Biophilic planning and design: creating biophilc cities in the context of high density urbanization of China Gan Jing (China)
Waterfront regeneration as a proxy for climate change planning Saunders Melissa (USA)


Session 6: Urban models and masterplanning room: 465
Chairperson: TBA  
Urban enterprise zones and the Brussels zone of economic expansion in the city (ZEEC) Brussels’ policy instruments and strategies for mixed-use development in a European context De Boeck Sarah (Belgium)
Masterplanning for change: lessons and directions Feliciotti Alessandra (UK)
Approaching a polycentric and compact model of sustainable urban development: the case of Shanghai Chen Jianbin (China)
What can planners do about hardcore land vacancy? Adams David (UK)
Interconnecting urban planning with multi-scale urban quality: Review of macro scale urban redevelopment project on micro scale urban quality in Shenzhen Deng Xiaofan (China)



Track description

Co-chairs: Petra Hirschler, Roberto Rocco

There is no single “best practice” for how to do successful spatial planning. The timing and process will differ depending on location, society, economy, market pressures, and the size and the particular planning culture. Spatial planning is typically oriented to the legal framework, the institutional circumstances as well as the particular time in its history. In addition, power and responsibility shift and cities and regions are in constant change.

However, the transfer of ideas and practices in urban and regional planning happens all the time around the globe and it is increasing with higher connectivity between individuals, governments and institutions across nations and continents. Furthermore, many “best practices” adopted in the developed world are transferred to the developing world without necessary critique and adaptation. Successful experiences embedded in very specific contexts are exported as panaceas.

This tracks looks for innovative planning projects and practices on different levels (transnational, national, regional and local) that foster responsible and critical knowledge transfer in the planning practice in both developed and developing countries, and that contemplate common challenges of implementation, understanding of specific contexts and differences in planning cultures. Attention to the local political economy and governance frameworks is essential.

The following issues will be highlighted:

  • Attention to context and governance frameworks, power and responsibilities
  • Smart approaches and innovative methods, products, processes that rely on an understanding of differences in planning cultures and practices
  • Challenges and gaps between formal planning and informal development
  • Lessons learned
  • Discussion of transferability hurdles
  • Accounts of success stories where the transfer of ideas and practices was successful and a discussion of the elements that made success possible.