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Rethinking Spaces - Planning in a Changing World



The Dortmund Conference on Spatial Planning and Planning Research 2020 is a two-day event on current topics in spatial planning and spatial research. Since 2012, the conference takes place every two years in Dortmund and addresses an international and interdisciplinary audience. The bilingual conference (German / English) is jointly organized by the School of Spatial Planning at TU Dortmund University and the Academy for Spatial Research and Planning (ARL), Hanover and the Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development (ILS), Dortmund.

You are cordially invite to contribute to the next Dortmund conference on the 17th and 18th of February 2020. The overall theme of the conference is:

"Rethinking Spaces - Planning in a Changing World"


Rethinking spaces and planning concepts appears to be a central imperative in a world of unleashed change, a world with ever shorter innovation cycles, unpredictable structural breaks and rapidly aging certainties. In the European context - and not only here - spatial development is increasingly characterised by a parallelism of growth and shrinkage, by sub-regional upgrading and poverty concentrations, by global integration and inner peripherisation, by high-tech armament and phenomena of disinvestment. This all takes place simultaneously and often in close spatial proximity. More than ever, spatial development is characterised by discontinuous and disparate developments and internal contradictions, which confront actors in politics, planning and economy with deep uncertainty and unpredictability.

At the same time, social liberalisation, economic deregulation, decentralisation and the privatisation of services of general interest have transformed the institutional framework conditions for planning in a lasting way. This is reflected by changed actor and governance arrangements and a shift in planning cultures. Urban and regional planning today is more growth- and competition-oriented than ever before. At the same time, discursive, non-hierarchical forms of management aiming at collective self-control have gained in importance. Urgent tasks such as adaptation to climate change, energy transition or housing demands are confronted with long-lasting planning procedures and an increasingly change-hesitant society.

The Dortmund Conference on Spatial and Planning Research 2020 aims to contribute to answering the questions to what extent these issues have changed the course of action and dirigibility of actors in the field of spatial planning and how this affects the processes of "creating" spaces as a whole. In this context, the results of the cooperative research project "ZUKUR - Zukunft der Stadtregion Ruhr" (ZUKUR - Future of the metropolitan area Ruhr) will also be presented for discussion.


The Dortmund Conference 2020 is structured into eight thematic tracks:

  1. Neighbourhood development

  2. Urban development

  3. Spatial development and monitoring

  4. International and european perspectives of spatial planning

  5. Planning theory

  6. Mobility and transport

  7. Green and blue infrastructures

  8. Climate change and public health


Please submit your proposals for conference contributions in form of an abstract (maximum 3,500 characters) until 31th of August 2019.
In addition, you have the opportunity to submit several contributions for your own session (description about the thematic orientation + 4 Abstracts).
You are also welcome to send a concept for a roundtable (maximum of 3,500 characters + panellist).
To submit your contributions please click HERE!




Concept and organization: Prof. Dr. Rainer Danielzyk, Christina Gollmann, Prof. Dr. Stefan Greiving, Sandra Paßlick, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Siedentop , Dr. Barbara Warner, Prof. Dr. Thorsten Wiechmann