Integrated Planning in a World of Turbulence
ŁÓDŹ - POLAND // 11.-15.07.2023
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Integrated Planning in a World of Turbulence
ŁÓDŹ - POLAND // 11.-15.07.2023
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Integrated Planning in a World of Turbulence
ŁÓDŹ - POLAND // 11.-15.07.2023
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Unlocking the Future of Planning. Knowledge, Action, and Reflection for Urban Sustainability, Health, and Well-being of Future Cities and Territories

Organizers and speakers:  

  • Enza Lissandrello, Aalborg University, Ecole d’ Urbanism de Paris (EUP)
  • Nacima Baron, Gustave Eiffel University
  • Marcus Zepf, Ecole d’urbanisme de Paris (EUP), Université Paris Est Créteil (UPEC)

Health, well-being, and urban planning are inevitably linked. Urban planning, since its origin, has traditionally addressed issues related to urban health and well-being. However, the multiple crises intertwined with the climate in the post-
pandemic, such as the energy crisis as well as threats to peace in the world, new migration trends, and widespread urbanisation, are worsening the human conditions for urban health and well-being. This special session aims to address research on rethinking the paradigm of knowledge, action, and reflection that will keep planning as an idea of value in the contingency of multiple crises. Interrelated aspects have become urgent issues for human survival due to the  acro- dynamics of the global urban society. Moreover, micro-practices of citizens in the everyday pose several socio-economic and socio-environmental threats to urban infrastructure. Planning knowledge, action, and reflection must become transformative to address this complexity and the interrelated issues of sustainability, health, and well-being.

This session invites planning scholars to present fundamental, practical, and applied research on:
Interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary knowledge co-production and interfacing academic disciplines to the understanding of vulnerabilities of urban sustainability, urban health, and well-being in cities and their spatial relationships. 

Challenges combining disciplines and approaches seem to be a condition for developing knowledge. However, questions remain on which factors and evidence-based assessments and evaluation, the development and transversal  approaches would improve a progressive planning paradigm to address interrelated aspects of urban sustainability, urban spatiality, and health, unequal urban geographies of spaces and people.

Methodologies that utilise deliberative and participatory approaches to unravel inequality in urban infrastructure, urban health and well-being that materialise in progressive methodologies of action and reflection in spaces, infrastructures and citizen-science opening perspectives and re-orientations to understand urban ecosystems and urban health, health inequities in urban areas and interrelatedaspects of climate change including urban governance for
health and well-being in cities.

Case studies research on urban inequalities operationalised in urban infrastructure, the environment and the urban lifestyle of citizens that focus on the uneven distribution of socio-environmental pressures in different social groups and attempt to address the complex factors that influence the possible urban health trajectories of communities and citizens.

The session invites presentations on questions aimed to advances in knowledge, action and reflection that consider but are not limited to:

  • Approaches grounded on the Anthropocene or “planetary limits” of widespread urbanisation
  • Approached that aim to break dichotomies and oppositions between culture and nature, which tends to de-structure the dominant paradigms of action and thought
  • Approaches grounded on political ecology, “ecological humanities," and ecofeminism
  • Approaches grounded on ‘the right’ to urban health and well-being in urban environments and the climate effects of human activities
  • Approaches to Urban Governance, mutual learnings and reflexivity for Urban health and well-being in Cities and territories

The session intends to establish a platform for a dialogue to think of planning as a triangulation of knowledge, action and reflection. The aim is to combine disciplines and perspectives to understand the links between urban aspects of sustainability, health and well-being and to articulate questions that have the potential to unlock the future of planning. 

Keywords: Transformative planning; Power and Public Deliberation; Infrastructural Citizenship; Mutual Learning and Reflexivity.



Congress Program

July 10th - July 15th 2023

ExCo Meeting
CoRep meeting, Congress Opening, and Welcome Reception
Regular Congress Day, AESOP GA, and Gala Dinner
Regular Congress Day, YA GA, and YA Social Event
Regular Congress Day, and Mobile Workshops
Congress Closing, and Post Congress Tours


The 35th AESOP Annual Congress 2023 addresses the following scientific tracks

The 17 Tracks
Smart and agile planning: smart cities and regions
Planning for mobility: accessibility, affordability and sustainability
Planning for resilience: territories, communities and environment
Planning for Culture and Tourism: Public Spaces, Heritage, Identity, Regeneration
Interdisciplinary planning education: challenges, dialogues, innovations
Turbulent Urban Futures: uncertainty and adaptability
Territories under pressure: geopolitics and planning


All the sessions that take place online


These are the specials sessions organised at the 35th AESOP Annual Congress 2023

What about the people? A holistic and multifaceted approach to active travel.

Thursday, July 13th, part 1 at 11:00-12:30 and part 2 at 13:30-15:00, room 111
RE-CITY: Reviving shrinking cities – innovative paths and perspectives towards liveability for shrinking cities in Europe

Wednesday, July 12th, at 13:30-15:00, room 316
Comparing urban contractual policies for integrated transport and land-use planning in the Nordics: A Discussion on Practical Implications

Thursday, July 13th, at 13:30-15:00, room 109
Accountable strategic planning in the age of decarbonization

Thursday, July 13th, at 09:00-10:30 and at 11:00-12:30, room 109
Involving the Civil Society into Integrated Planning at the Regional Level: a Regional Design Perspective

Wednesday, July 12th, at 13:30-15:00, room 111
Future Narratives of Small Towns

Thursday, July 13th at 13:30-15:00 room 316.
Planning for Digital Justice

Friday, July 14th, at 11:00-12:30, room 111


Join one of the following roundtables during the 35th AESOP Annual Congress 2023

Navigating Planning Theories

Wednesday, July 12th, at 13:30-15:00, room 309
30 Years of European Planning Studies: What Future?

Wednesday, July 12th, at 11:00-12:30, room 309
Market Forces, Regulation and Ethics of Environmental Consulting Towards Sustainable Development

Thursday, July 13th, at 11:00-12:30, room 104
Law and Planning – Productive Partners or Distant Cousins?

Friday, July 14th, at 11:00-12:30, room 311
Global South (and East) Thematic Group Meeting

Thursday, July 13th, at 09:00-10:30, room 111
Socially Responsible Research – Reflecting the Way We Are Doing Research

Thursday, July 13th, at 13:30-15:00, room 309
The Potential of Spatial Planning for Transformative Change to Preserve and Restore Biodiversity in Urban and Rural Areas

Thursday, July 13th, at 11:00-12:30, room 309
Futuring the European Metropolitan Region – Between Strategic Positioning and Everyday Life Worlds

Thursday, July 13th, at 11:00-12:30, room 311
Planning Across Borders in Times of War and Geopolitical Conflict

Wednesday, July 12th, at 15:30-17:00, room 203
Accessibility Research for Promoting Active Transport in Urban Streets and Neighbourhoods

Friday, July 14th, at 11:00-12:30, room 309
What (and How) Revitalisation of Cities and Neighbourhoods Can Contribute to Urban Sustainability Transformation

Wednesday, July 12th, at 13:30-15:00, room 311
The Role of Knowledge Transfer Between Universities and Urban Practice for Resilient Transformation, Case Study Ukraine

Wednesday, July 12th, at 11:00-12:30, room 311
While this ‘critical’ strand of literature has made the scientific planning community more self-reflective, it might be time to address some major questions.

Thursday, July 13th, at 13:30-15:00, room 311
The roundtable aims at eliciting short presentations from up to ten contributors on community-led planning across different countries of the world.

Wednesday, July 12th, at 13:30-15:00, room 104

Keynote Speakers

Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
National University Polytechnic of Lviv
TU Kaiserslautern
University of Gdansk


The Local Organising Committee

University of Lodz
Maciej Turała
University of Lodz
Beata Banachowicz
University of Lodz
Justyna Danielewicz
University of Lodz
Dominik Drzazga
University of Lodz
Tadeusz Markowski
University of Lodz
Tadeusz Marszał
University of Lodz
Filip Moterski
University of Lodz
Katarzyna Leśniewska-Napierała
University of Lodz
Agnieszka Orankiewicz
University of Lodz
Iwona Pielesiak
University of Lodz
Janusz Reichel
University of Lodz
Wawrzyniec Rudolf
University of Lodz
Dorota Sikora-Fernandez
University of Lodz
Magdalena Wiśniewska
University of Lodz
Małgorzata Żak-Skwierczyńska
Society of Polish Town Planners
Tomasz Majda
Society of Polish Town Planners
Anna Pyziak
Committee for Spatial Economy and Regional Planning
Tomasz Komornicki