16th and 17th of November the 10th meeting of the Thematic Group on Complexity and Planning was held in Groningen, The Netherlands. The theme of the event was ‘Complexity and the collaborative reationale to planning’. A keynote presentation was given by prof Judith Innes, Berkeley University, US. The event was hosted by the Department of Spatial Planning & Environment, Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen.
Key Note prof. Judith Innes: Regional Sustainability Through Networks: A Complex Systems Perspective
Friday, 16th November 2012
Concrete Machines: Collective Decision-Making Processes in Complex Planning Situations as Practices of "Closure" - Matthias Loepfe [No video available]
Saturday, 17th November 2012
Strategic governance and planning as a fractal - Lucia Dobrucka [no video available]
CALL FOR PAPERS
THE ASSOCIATION of EUROPEAN SCHOOLS of PLANNING (AESOP)
Annual Conference 11-15 July 2012 /
Special Session AESOP Thematic Group Public Spaces and Urban Cultures
(Under Conference Track / 9: Heritage, Urban Cultures, Urban Design) Working Theme: “Conviviality”
Abstract submission deadline: 15 January 2012
About working Theme Conviviality: A definition
Conviviality is a term which originates from the latin “convivium”, where it used to mean “live with”, and as such meaning sharing a living space, in which meal used to have an important role for the cohesion of the community. The term means also “banquet”, usually hosted as a celebration of a community event. In more recent times, the term has also been to refer to meal sharing, dinner parties, or other jovial and merry moments among friends or community of interest.
Convivial moments have been termed either local festivals/markets with social purposes (i.e. fundraising for local charitable programmes, such as the Milanese Convivio), or simple grass-roots initiatives organised in the streets (for example: The Big Lunch, Breakfast in the street).
The topic of conviviality has recently seen a growing interest among urban scholars. Not only conviviality as a spontaneous social activity is in danger, in the recent popularity of privatised spaces, but it tend to be substituted by forms of regulation of urban spaces which lead to exclusion of social groups (for example the banning of drinking in parks outside very expensive café’ premises, in Italy), the enforcement of health and Safety regulation, interpreted in very instrumental way, to reduce spontaneous community gathering larger than a family (for example in UK), or the wide privatisation of streets and squares and their embedding into shopping centres, which introduce new forms of ownership, and reduce the tolerated non-consumption activities.
Nonetheless, we can also observe a raising number of spontaneous forms of re-appropriation of public spaces around convivial activities, such as food growing, food sharing, and food selling. Guerrilla gardeners, spontaneous ethnic gathering for food cooking and selling, or communities gathering around food markets are becoming more frequent, and a wide range of convivial practices are becoming part of the everyday life on the street.
We are interested in:
Knowing what convivial practices are emerging in your city. Who organise them? Where? Which resources mobilise? How are the local authorities or competing groups reacting to this? We are in particular interested in agency-structure dynamics.
What is “conviviality” in these projects? What social meanings are embedded in these practices? What forms of sharing? Are these site –specific, therefore built around a specific public space, or type of space, or are them relatively mobile?
How can a reflection on research and practice (in planning, architecture, cultural studies, and critical geography) add new insight into the trajectories of these convivial projects?
About abstract submission
The abstract submission for this thematic group special session will be via AESOP Conference website (https://www.arber.com.tr/aesop2012.org/index.php/page,57,call_for_papers) following the official procedure of the conference organization. The abstracts should be submitted for Track 9: Heritage, Urban Cultures, and Urban Design with a short notice on the text “Thematic Group Public Space and Urban Cultures / Special Session” which indicates your interest to present your work in this session. These abstracts will be judged as all other abstracts of the track by track co-chairs.
Important note: Participants who are not member of the Thematic Group are very welcome to submit an abstract to present their work in this session.
HUMAN CITIES II: Reclaiming public space
Workshop in LJUBLJANA, Slovenia, 26/27th May 2011
Hosted by Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia, Trnovski pristan 2, 1000 Ljubljana
The project Human Cities II: Reclaiming public space aims to highlight the values of public spaces in European cities and an understanding of different approaches that contribute to innovative and effective provision of public space in cities. It focuses on the users of public spaces in cities and examines how they experience, interpret and consequently use spaces. Special attention is given to urban equipment, in particular its role in (not) encouraging the activities in public spaces. Public spaces are not understood only as a physical form, but also as a social network to be established between users. Partners involved in the project are coming from Brussels (La Cambre, ProMateria), Milano (Politecnico di Milano), Saint‐Etienne (Cité de design) and Ljubljana (Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia – UIRS).
For more information please visit http://www.humancities.eu.
The project and event is funded with the support from the European Commission – Programme Culture 2007‐
2013, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia.
Intention & structure of the workshop:
Since the project is merging both players from practice and academia, it seems important to promote the approaches from both spheres to complement each other. The workshop focuses on the presentations of Slovenian initiatives that enhance the process of reclaiming the public space with their innovative activities as well as on the scientific approaches in the field of urban design. Therefore the local initiatives were invited to represent themselves in one of Ljubljana parks during the workshop. To highlight the scientific approaches to public space the members of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP – Thematic Group “Public Spaces and Urban Cultures) were invited to participate to the meeting as guests to the workshop.
Two‐day workshop is structured into three sections. Thursday morning is devoted to regular project review and prospective activities. Thursday afternoon is devoted to open‐air presentations of local initiatives from Slovenia and to a public debate related to the role of such initiatives in reclaiming public spaces. Friday is reserved for a study tour of all the partners and invited guests to Slovenian Carst and Coast, where the examples of public spaces will be presented.
The official language of the workshop is English.
Contacts of Human Cities UIRS team:
Project leader: Barbara Goličnik Marušić / barbara.golicnik‐
Biba Tominc /
AESOP Thematic Group “Public Spaces and Urban Cultures”, Annual Meeting 11/2011
Local Coordinator: Gabriella Esposito De Vita, Thematic Group Coordinator: Nikolai Roskamm HostingInstitution: IRAT-CNR (National Research Council of Italy), Via Schipa 91, I-80122, Naples
Topic: Conviviality in Public Places: planning for Security and Multiculturalism
The contemporary city is affected by a profound crisis due to the loss of traditional social networks (with no alternatives), the loss of cultural identities (with no multicultural identities), the loss of a shared way of living spaces and places of the city (with no places for interactions and integrations), the loss of the sense of security (with no any management) - in sum, the loss of the city effect. Public places and spaces are the mirror of this scenario: places of public life are changing images, forms, functions, symbols and perceptions, following new trends superimposed by globalization phenomena. The privatization and commercialization of public and quasi-public places in affluent or well-connected areas of the city, on one hand, and the decay and abandonment of public places in deprived areas, on the other hand, are both causes and effect of the social transformations. The recent economic crash, transformation of the job- market, as well as dynamics and quantities of migratory flows are all strictly related to the tendency to live in gated communities and privatized public places dedicated to a forced conviviality. The idea of convivium could be the umbrella concept for surveying, interpreting, assessing, designing, managing public spaces as places of multicultural identity, security and security perception, democracy and discussions, ethic and aesthetic and human development. The conference – presenting different points of view: architecture, urban planning, anthropology, urban sociology, etc. – will be the place where research, education, marketing, production and politics can meet, improving sense of citizenship.
The specific area of Naples presents interesting aspects of organization, form and functions of public spaces: a historical center crowded and deprived peripheries affected by macro-criminality and the decay of streets, squares and parks. The Meeting could meet the demand of institutions, scholars and citizens for public spaces for building communities, improving security and reinterpreting identity.
Key actors: CNR, key universities of Naples, local governments, charitable associations, stakeholders from the diverse economic sectors and professional associations.
Venue: Villa Doria d’Angri – University of Naples Parthenope, Duration: 10th-12th November 2011
18.00 welcome briefing 20.00 Come together
9.00 Welcome coffee
9.30 Opening session (one representative of the local institution and one representative of the TG) 10.30 Thematic session with invited scholars and local stakeholders (position papers on the Naples experiences and case studies on conviviality)
13.00 Mediterranean Lunch
14.00 Discussion/Presentations by the members of the TG (position papers on the different aspects of the theme of conviviality)
16.00 Discussion about the coming events of the Thematic Group and projects
21.00 Social event
10.00 Site visits and lunch (Positano or other coastal area)
Abstract submission deadline was extended until 13th February 2011
Yildiz Technical University Faculty of Architecture
Department of City and Regional Planning
Phone: 00 90 212 383 26 45 E-mail: