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Conversational Cuts on research about the german metropolitan regional governance
Jingxian Tang, 27 June, 2018
As a researcher from East Asia, I – in addition to my friends in the academic field of planning, have long been curious about the relatively balanced polycentric spatial structure of Germany. The equalization of life and environmental quality is a fascinating inspiration for the generally economically and socially polarized Asian cities. With a strong motivation to better understand the comprehensive characteristic of the German system (not specifically limited to the planning system) that encourages a balance between qualities of life and environment, I left Tsinghua for one year and started a solo academic exploration at the TU Dortmund. I will share the insights I have collected since last November, which also serve as a “Thought Adventure” for a young Chinese scholar in the Cooperative-Federal world.
Given the current remarkable regional policy updates in China, it did not take long for me to turn my focus to German metropolitan regional governance. After 7 months of documentation collection, regional organization survey, more than a dozen interviews on practical regional projects, and repeated framework adjustments, I think my grounded perspective could definitely reveal some systematical features in addition to existing drawbacks of governance in Germany.
Neuerscheinung/ New Publication: New Media and Transformation of Social Life in China
The field of media and communication has expanded substantially in China over the last few decades. New Media and the Transformations of Social Life in China covers in detail the main aspects related to media in China, including new media technologies, social networks, media convergence, smart cities, digital media, information and communication technology (ICT), and risk society. A major strength of this book is its coverage of the role of ICT for social participation in urban policy and management areas, which include e-governance, social security, and decision support systems. The book also addresses issues such as the financial crisis, the global energy crisis, and environmental pollution. (further information)
The field of media and communication has expanded substantially in China over the last few decades. New Media and the Transformations of Social Life in China covers in detail the main aspects related to media in China, including new media technologies, social networks, media convergence, smart cities, digital media, information and communication technology (ICT), and risk society. A major strength of this book is its coverage of the role of ICT for social participation in urban policy and management areas, which include e-governance, social security, and decision support systems. The book also addresses issues such as the financial crisis, the global energy crisis, and environmental pollution.
Edited by Xinxun Wu , Han Zheng and Xiaokun Wu.
Conversational Cuts on the Planning Committee at Regional Association Ruhr (RVR)
Rogério Lopes, 05 Apr, 2018
What does regional planning in the Ruhr region look like? What happens at RVR? And to which extent do political parties in the Ruhr have different opinions on regional cooperation?
As a researcher for the ZUKUR project at Dortmund School of Planning, I was invited by our colleagues from Regional Association Ruhr (RVR) to make an observation of the Planning Committee Meeting (Planungsausschuss) on February, 28th. The observational opportunity is part of the methodological approach for a working package of ZUKUR which focuses on the formal and informal components of the regional governance in the Ruhr region.
Founded in 1920, the RVR has for a long time been responsible for planning purposes and processes on the regional tier. One of the main contributions for the Ruhr region was the implementation of so-called Regional Green Corridors. These are supposed to slow down the urbanization process on the fringes of the bigger cities in the Ruhr and especially contribute to less significant tendencies of urban sprawl. Despite RVR’s experience in coordinating the regional development of green infrastructure as well as of urbanized space, in the late sixties the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia decided that the new established Administrative Districts (Regierungsbezirke) of the state would become responsible for the Regional Plans. For the Ruhr region, this decision ended up being the beginning of a more than 40-year long administrative division into three planning regions (Arnsberg, Münster and Düsseldorf).
Neuerscheinung/ New Publication: HANDBOOK OF European Policies
This definitive Handbook addresses the current lack of research into European policymaking and development using an interpretive perspective. Questioning areas that mainstream approaches tend to neglect, contributors target the ways in which ideas, arguments and discourses shape policies in the institutional context of the EU. (further information)
Conversational Cuts on European planning systems
Patricia Feiertag, 29 Feb, 2018
How are planning systems in different European countries evolving? Do they show convergent or divergent dynamics? And what do these differential dynamics mean for existing typologies or families of planning traditions?
During the 2018 Dortmund Conference (5th-6th February at TU Dortmund), a session on “European Perspectives” chaired by Prof. Karsten Zimmermann and Prof. Maros Finka took place, including contributions about:
- the recent changes in Swiss Planning Legislation (Andreas Hengstermann, Universität Bern),
- Macro-regions in the Baltic Sea, Danube and Alps (Jens Kurnol, BBSR),
- new Planning approaches in the Netherlands (Dr Sebastian Dembski, University of Liverpool) and
- Metropolitan cooperation in France (Patricia Feiertag, TU Dortmund).
The core aspect of the session’s debate was the current development of planning systems.
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.
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).
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/ New Publication: Cities as Political Objects
Historical Evolution, Analytical Categorisations and Institutional Challenges of Metropolitanisation
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 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)