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This is the website of the Department of European Planning Cultures at the Faculty of Spatial Planning at the Technical University of Dortmund, Germany.

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Stellenausschreibung/ Job Announcement

EPC is seeking a research assistant. Qualifications and responsibilities, as well as further information on the job description can be found in the text.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Conversational Cuts featuring Bish Sanyal from MIT

Conversational Cuts featuring Bish Sanyal from MIT

Robin Chang, 22 Jan, 2018

What does planning culture (PC) mean? How does it influence our way of sense-making within our communities and also beyond our borders? With an interest to extend the discussion on comparative planning cultures, we reached out to our North American counterpart last year – Bish Sanyal – to connect, and together, consider the values and practicalities which scholars and professionals might encounter through planning culture. This discussion informed preparations of our chapter on Planning Culture: Research Heuristics and Explanatory Value in Planning Knowledge and Research edited by Thomas W. Sanchez.

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Researching Urban Resilience & Planning II

Resonance of Urban Resilience in the Ruhr Region

Summary Post  by Robin Chang

Following up on an excursion and workshop in March 2017 with members from F01 Project Resilient Cities: Risks, repercussions and Realities for Resilience Planning in Metro Vancouver, a second workshop was hosted on campus from June 26th to 27th. In a format that mirrored the initial visit to Canada, this second workshop received visitors from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver and served as the bookend to a cross-cultural exchange between German and Canadian partners.

While the Canadian guests designed their own two-week excursion to learn about urban climate resilience in the Rhein-Ruhr region, TU Dortmund students along with Nadine Maegdefrau from IRPUD and myself coordinated a concluding event to learn from local and regional experts about the relevance of resilience. A social barbecue concluded the event and also celebrated Canada Day which with a guest lecture from another Canuck – Dr. Bryon Miller from the University of Calgary. The Canadian finally was hosted in cooperation with Dr. Samuel Moessner (University of Münster), Dr. Ludger Basten (TU Dortmund) and sponsored by the Association for Canadian Studies in German-speaking Countries (GKS).

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Neuerscheinung: International Society and Sustainable Development Goals

Neuerscheinung/ New Publication: International Society and Sustainable Development Goals

Edited by Carlos R. Fernández Liesa, Cástor Miguel Díaz Barrado, Paloma Durán y Lalaguna.

The Chair on Development and Poverty Eradication aims at promoting the engagement of universities around the world in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through training, advocacy and research. It was established by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals
Fund (SDG-F) As part of the Chair’s work, this book introduces an overall view of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Authors have conducted specific studies on each of the SDGs, as well as introduction and conclusions, which could be extremely useful to readers. The international community needs to make an authentic effort to achieve the SDGs. To accomplish this task, academic studies should play a key role. By researching and studying the SDGs, in all their different dimensions, academia can contribute to inform policy making for eradicating poverty and ensuring the welfare of everyone, leaving no one behind.

These are the main finalities of this book. The analysis and recommendations of this report do not necessarily reflect the official views of the SDG Fund Secretariat, the United Nations or its Member States.

Neuerscheinung von Cities as Political Objects- New Publication

Neuerscheinung/ New Publication: Cities as Political Objects

Historical Evolution, Analytical Categorisations and Institutional Challenges of Metropolitanisation

Edited by Alistair Cole, Professor of Comparative Politics and Renaud Payre, Professor of Political Science, Sciences Po Lyon, France

Focusing on the city’s role as the nexus for new forms of relationships between politics, economics and society, this fascinating book views the city as a political phenomena. Its chapters unravel the city’s plural histories, contested political, legal and administrative boundaries, and its policy-making capacity in the context of multi-level and market pressures. (further information)

Smart cities MOOC

Smart cities MOOC

Smart Cities is a Massive Open Online Course that offers an introduction to the principles of management of smart urban infrastructure systems. It addresses the main challenges in management of Smart Cities during the transition and operation phases in the life-cycle of a Smart City. The course is structured into 5 blocks. In the first three blocks, general principles of management of Smart Urban infrastructures are covered. The last two blocks of the course focus on the management of Smart Urban Energy and Smart Urban Transportation systems as concrete cases. (further information)

Themen für Abschlussarbeiten (Master und Bachelor)

Themen für Abschlussarbeiten (Master und Bachelor)

Thema 1:

Europäische Infrastrukturplanung – TEN-T
Die im Rahmen der Transeuropäischen Verkehrsnetze geplanten und gebauten großen Infrastrukturvorhaben (Gotthard Basistunnel, Brenner Basistunnel, Ostsee-Tunnelverbindung im Baltikum/Finnland) deuten einen Zeitenwechsel im Bereich der TEN-T Planung an. Die Arbeit soll sich mit den veränderten Bedingungen und neuen Herangehensweisen im Bereich der europäischen Korridorplanungen befassen.

Literatur:

Witte, P.A. (2014) The Corridor Chronicles. Integrated perspectives on European transport corridor development, Utrecht University Repository
https://dspace.library.uu.nl/handle/1874/293066

 

Thema 2:

Suburbanisierug der Armut
Insbesondere in den USA wird seit einiger Zeit über einen Trend hin zur Suburbanisierug der Armut diskutiert. Waren die suburbanen Gemeinden einst der bevorzugte Lebensraum der Mittelklasse, so hat die Immobilienkrise viele Hausbesitzer in finanzielle Schwierigkeiten gebracht. Zudem zeigen zahlreiche Suburbs Verfallserscheinungen und werden zum Ziel von Abwanderungen von Gruppen in prekäre Einkommenssituation, die sich steigende Lebenshaltungskosten in der Kernstadt nicht mehr leisten können oder wollen. Für Deutschland ist dieser Trend erkennbar, aber noch nicht detailliert untersucht.

Literatur zum Einstieg:

Hochstenbach, C., Musterd, S. 2017: Gentrification and the suburbanization of poverty: changing urban geographies through boom and bust periods, Urban Geography, DOI: 10.1080/02723638.2016.1276718
Kneebone, E; Garr, E. 2010: The Suburbanization of Poverty: Trends in Metropolitan America, 2000 to 2008. Brookings Metropolitan Opportunity Series. Washington.

 

Thema 3:

Governance der Mobilität in Stadtregionen
Das vorgeschlagene Thema bietet Möglichkeiten für verschiedene Abschlussarbeiten:
Infrastrukturplanung, z.B. RRX im Ruhrgebiet im Vergleich mit dem Südflügel der Randstad (Randstad Railproject). Transit oriented development / TOD
Governance der Mobilität: der Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr im Vergleich mit der Region Stuttgart und der Region Frankfurt/Rhein-Main (RMV)

Literatur:

Giezen, M., Bertolini, L., & Salet, W. (2014). The RandstadRail project: a case study in decision-making strategies under uncertainty. Planning Theory & Practice, 15(3), 414-418. DOI: 10.1080/14649357.2014.935084
Switzer, A. W., Bertolini, L., & Grin, J. (2013). Transitions of mobility systems in urban regions: a heuristic framework. Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, 15(2), 141-160. DOI: 10.1080/1523908X.2012.746182
Gerrits, Lasse (2017): Understanding Collective Decision Making : A Fitness Landscape Model Approach. Edward Elgar.
Bertolini, L. (2017) Planning the Mobile Metropolis: Transport for People, Places and the Planet. Palgrave.
Beckmann, Fabian (2015): Der Öffentliche Personennahverkehr im Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr, in: Bogumil, J./ Heinze, Rolf G. 2015: Auf dem Weg zur Wissenschaftsregion Ruhr. Regionale Kooperationen als Strategie. Essen.

 

Thema 4:

Post-suburban politics and planning
Durch die Diskussion zu jüngeren Entwicklungen im post-suburbanen sind die Planungs- und Wachstumsstrategien kleinerer Städte und Gemeinden um Umland von Großstädten verstärkt in den Fokus geraten. Gleichwohl wissen wir wenig über diese Strategien und kommunalpolitischen Schwerpunktsetzungen. Die Diskussion zu Governance und Planung in Metropolregionen hat sich zumeist mit der Dominanz der Kernstädte befasst. Die Arbeit soll sich anhand spezifischer Fallbeispiele (z.B. Langen in der Region Frankfurt/Rhein-Main oder Sindelfingen in der Region Stuttgart) mit der Thematik auseinandersetzen und Grundzüge eines Typs post-suburbaner Wachstumsstrategien identifizieren.

Literatur:

Phelps, N.A., Parsons, N., Ballas, D. and Dowling, A. 2006: Post-suburban Europe: Planning and Politics at the Margins of Europe’s Capital Cities. Palgrave-MacMillan, Basingstoke.
Phelps, N. A. 2015: Sequel to Suburbia. Glimpses of America’s Post-Suburban Future. MIT Press.
Phelps, N. A.; Wood, A. M. 2011: The new post-suburban politics? Urban Studies, vol. 48, 12, 2591-2610
Polivka, J. 2016: Maturity, Resilience & Lifecycles in Suburban Residential Areas. City@Region, Dortmund.
Savini, F. 2014: What Happens to the Urban Periphery? The Political Tensions of Postindustrial Redevelopment in Milan, Urban Affairs Review, vol. 50, 2, 180-205.
Savini, F., Majoor, S. & Salet, W. 2015: Urban peripheries: reflecting on politics and projects in Amsterdam, Milan, and Paris. Environment and planning C: Government & policy, 33 (3), 457-474

 

 

Researching Urban Resilience & Planning

Researching Resilient Cities in Metro Vancouver

Summary Post  by Robin Chang

Deutsche Zusammenfassung ist hier verfügbar.

From March 6th to 20th, members from F01 Project Resilient Cities: Risks, repercussions and Realities for Resilience Planning in Metro Vancouver participated in a two-week excursion and two-day workshop involving both academic and cultural exchange with Canadian experts and also students. Through this experience, participants developed insights into Canadian approaches to resilience, understood the diverse range of perspectives, and also collected information relevant to their advanced bachelor research.

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Urban Resilience & Planning

Urban Resilience: A Trilateral Start

Summary Post  by Robin Chang

From February 16th to 18th, colleagues from the Department of Urban Design and Land Use Planning convened a network symposium on Water Resilient Urban and Regional Development in New York. This event provided opportunities to present applied research projects from around the world and build relations for curriculum, practice, and research. I had the generous opportunity to attend with Nadine Maegdefrau from the Institute of Spatial Planning as collaborators.

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Planning and Governing the Metropolis

International Working Group of ARL starts in December

Different processes of rescaling (up, down, trans-scaling) in the EU countries have multi-faceted impact to the metropolitan governance and planning institutions. There is a variety of institutional forms, planning practices and episodes manifested and experimented recently in the metropolitan regions of Europe, but there is a gap of knowledge about these structures and processes – both in academia and practice (policy makers, planers, politicians).

Despite a diversity of books produced in the last few years on metropolitan governance issues presenting collections of case studies, there is no systematic comparison of factors that influence the institutional form of metropolitan governance, the success factors and the performance of metropolitan governance and especially the role of metropolitan planning.

Nowadays, a distinct set of problems and challenges for the metropolitan planning emerge. Included in these emerging hurdles are: non-regulated competition among municipalities to attract new investments, new fragmentations and contradictions under fiscal and economic crisis, unprecedented external episodes, new environmental and demographic problems, uncontrolled migration and refugees flows, increased inequalities, social and territorial segregation, and new poverty in the cities. All these challenges reformulate new requirements for planners and their planning agendas at different scales.

In the past, academics and planning practitioners gave priorities to the issues of entrepreneurship, competition, performance of metropolitan institutions, “market”-led planning, while they undermined the issues of redistribution, local democracy, social justice, and environmental challenges (green infrastructure). Consequently, open questions as to how and whether these new challenges and problems should be addressed by metropolitan planning practices and institutions remain. A critical appraisal is required which will not only focus on criteria of performance, innovation and efficiency, but also on criteria of democracy, transparency, social justice and social cohesion.

Aims and research questions of the International Working Group

  1. Institutions

How can we explain the variety of forms of metropolitan institutions among the EU countries (or even in the same country) and how to interpret their transformations across time? What are the reasons for change, from consolidated forms to abolishment of metropolitan institutions and then again to resurgence of new forms, e.g. London, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Manchester etc.?

How do metropolitan planning institutions deal with the new challenges and problems?

  1. Actors

How important are actor constellations in the rescaling processes? Do they influence transformations and/or continuities of metropolitan governance and planning?

How are actor’s strategies at different scales reconstructing? How are horizontal and vertical power relations transforming? E. g. between national spatial strategies for metropolitan regions and local actor strategies in the metropolitan areas (juxtaposed or negotiated).

  1. Practices/Discourses/ Cultures

How important is the local context? How important are beliefs, concepts/ideas, frames, narratives and knowledge for the public discourse and the metropolitan governance and planning practices?

How is a prevailing/ hegemonic narrative constructed from different and juxtaposed planning practices in metropolitan areas?