Online Conference| 2nd of October 2020 by AESOP Thematic Group on REGIONAL DESIGN Part of the Shaping Regional Futures Conference Series 2020
Regional Design: A Transformative Approach to Planning
The conference “Regional Design: A Transformative Approach to Planning” brings together empirical research and theoretical reflections on spatial visioning and regional design-led planning practices. Its main aim is a deeper understanding of how these practices contribute to emerging transformative and adaptive planning approaches and to resilient regional spatial development.
Host of the conference
University of Florence, Department of Architecture
Valeria Lingua, University of Florence
Verena Elisabeth Balz, Delft University of Technology
Agnes Förster, RWTH Aachen University
Cristina Cavaco, Universidade de Lisboa
Joao Pedro Costa, Universidade de Lisboa
Giuseppe de Luca, University of Florence
Carlo Pisano, University of Florence
Alain Thierstein, TU Munich
Wil Zonneveld, TU Delft
Objectives of the conference
1 – Understanding regional design in the context of transformative planning approaches Attention to critical issues such as urban sprawl, climate change, and growing socio-economic disparities – all affecting areas that comply with neither fixed administrative boundaries nor traditional government-led jurisdictions – has triggered demands for new, more transformative, soft and adaptive planning approaches. Spatial visioning and regional design-led planning practices have been gaining momentum world-wide in this context. Practices involve knowledge about spatial particularities to foster tailored place-based spatial solutions while also envisioning the position of places in wider, regional settings and mediating between views in often contested multi-actor settings. A first objective of the conference a more sophisticated understanding of the performance of regional design in the realm of emerging modes of regional spatial planning and of the processes that support their institutionalization.
2 – Spatial planning for resilience – learning from the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic The advancement of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic renders regions as important planning arenas for the provision of basic needs, the organization of daily life, and the safeguarding of a resilient economic base. It also underlines that regional spatial development requires strategies that address social, economic, political and societal change coherently. The conference will raise questions concerning the pandemic’s assumed effects, and how these reinforced or disrupted prevailing regional spatial development, planning, and governance. Its second objective is to learn lessons on how planning for resilience can be supported by involving spatial knowledge, foresight and imagination.
3 – Preparing a special issue on “Regional Design: A Transformative Approach to Planning”
The AESOP Thematic Group Regional Design currently prepares a special issue on “Regional Design: A Transformative Approach to Planning” @ Planning Practice and Research. Extended abstracts presented during sessions of the conference will be considered for publication in this issue.
1 – Roles of spatial design and visioning in regional spatial planning: Theoretically founded and/or empirically observed relations between design-led approaches and regional spatial planning, with particular attention to the position of design in planning procedures.
2 – Tools and instruments / ways to involve spatial design and visioning in regional spatial planning processes: Ways to involve spatial design and visioning in regional spatial planning processes such as design studios, international exhibitions, and design competitions.
3 – Roles of spatial design and visioning in regional spatial planning / governance and actor constellations: Theoretically founded and/or empirically observed relations between design-led approaches and regional spatial planning, with particular attention to the position of design in governance, and/or wider institutional settings.
4 – Performance of spatial design and visioning in regional spatial planning: Evidence of the impact of design-led approaches on regional spatial planning, expressed in for instance new allocations of resources, actor constellations, frames of reference, and/or fields of action.
5 – Tools and instruments in design-led approaches / visualisation and communication: New tools and instruments in regional spatial analysis; elaborations of visualisation and communication techniques in design-led approaches.
6 – Regional spatial planning and design in the context of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic: Impact of the recent SARS-CoV-2 pandemic on political-administrative jurisdictions and the real geographies of spatial development patterns.
Call for abstracts: RegionalDesign2020_Call for abstracts (pdf)