Interdisciplinarity in Planning Education

Ljublana, 27 - 29 March 2019

University of Ljubljana
Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering (Department of Town & Regional Planning)
Biotechnical Faculty (Department of Landscape Architecture)
Jamova 2, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

The 14th AESOP Head of Schools meeting in 2019 will be hosted by University of Ljubljana (UL), jointly by the Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering and Biotechnical Faculty. The date coincides with the 100th anniversary of the UL, and the topic of ‘Planning and the Disciplinarity Question’ was chosen to celebrate the contribution of planning disciplines to the challenges of transition of the academia towards ‘Xdisciplinarity’.

The notions of single-, multi-, trans- and interdisciplinarity (jointly referred to as Xdisciplinarity) have been introduced over the past decades and has been addressed by AESOP at numerous occasions and various outlets. However, due to the changing nature of issues planning is facint, the topic continues to be relevant at various levels, including the input of applied knowledge into planning education. In practice, Xdisciplinarity requires both a good understanding of the planning discipline and of other disciplines it interacts with; and skills and competencies for collaborating with different professionals. These requirements are translated to planning programs. The question is what kind of Xdisciplinary knowledge makes students sufficiently equipped to tackle contemporary and upcoming urban challenges and what are the implications for the planning curricula. In addition, it is important to consider the roles of the planning practice, the market needs, and the academia in shaping these curricula.

Therefore, this 14th meeting of the heads of AESOP institutional members is taking on the perennial theme of Xdisciplinarity with an intention to grasp the shifting meaning and scope of it for planning education. The program will include five sessions, two plenaries and three break-out session.

We are looking forward to welcoming you all in Ljubljana in the end of March.

Local Organising team:

Naja, Mojca G., Alma, Mojca F. and Gašper

Register online here

Registration fee: 85€



(a more detailed programme will be added soon)

Day 1, March 27th
 2019 - AESOP ExCo Meeting

(only for members of the Executive Committee)

Location: Biotechnical Faculty

09.00 -18.00: ExCo meeting

Day 2, March 28th 2019 - AESOP CoRep Meeting

(only for members of the Council of Representatives)

Location: Faculty of Civic and Geodetic Engineering

09.00 - 17.00: CoRep meeting, coffee breaks and lunch included

19.00: Cocktail Reception at the Ljubljana City Hall

Day 3, March 29th 201914th AESOP Heads of Schools Meeting

Location: Faculty of Civic and Geodetic Engineering

08.30 - 09.00: Registration

09.00 - 09.15: Welcome speeches

09.15 - 11.00: Plenaries

11.00 - 11.30: Coffee break

11.30 - 13.00: Break- out sessions

a) New (additional) disciplinary knowledge to be included planning education
b) Capacities, skills and competences for future Xdisciplinary planners
c) Innovative approaches in planning education to prepare students for contemporary and future urban complexities

13.00 - 13.45: Lunch

13.45 - 15.30: Plenary and conclusions

15.45 - 18.00: City tours walks (start at the Faculty of Civic and Geodetic Engineering, Jamova 2, Ljubljana)

19.30: Gala dinner in Hotel Cubo

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More detailed information is available in the attached document.