URBAN FUTURES. Multiple visions, paths and constructions?
This conference is centred around the observation that current urbanization trends are leading to multiple futures affecting global development. One of the challenges is how to understand these uncertain processes from cross and multidisciplinary perspectives. No single discipline can fully comprehend and tackle the complexity of urbanization, or support policymakers in designing and preparing for better envisioned futures. Above all, conflicting paths will impede the realization of a better quality-of-life and environment for all. Having a prospective vision in current times of economic crisis -and under scenarios of greater social and political inequality- represents a challenge for the city management due to the difficulty to imagine a prosperous future in the longer term.
This conference aims to transcend the divide between research strategies (and epistemological/ontological stands) by encouraging participation from different strands of academic discourse on urbanization issues and reflecting on the different stands. A range of possible futures and the consequences for human well-being, built and natural environment will be explored. Four sub-themes will be addressed:
a- Spatial information and urbanizing futures:
Spatial information is promoted as an important facilitator of transdisciplinary and participatory work: stakeholders at all levels, from policy makers through to individual citizens, can take part in planning, design and decision making processes. Spatial information provides a ‘common language’ for communicating ideas across social groups at different stages and scales of the policy process. Investments in data collection, visualization, and utilization by government have been substantial in the global south. The utility of spatial information in developing and implementing urban policies requires rigorous analysis and debate. The aim of this session is to move beyond the uninformed hype and the scepticism surrounding spatial information and urban policy. We seek to identify empirical cases of success and failure, and seek to synthesize innovative approaches, drawing attention to the underlying drives of outcomes and impacts.
Some guiding questions for contributions on this sub-theme are:
How spatial information guides urban policy design and implementation?
What are the benefits and risks of utilizing spatial information and tools to better understand, plan, design, create, and manage complex urban environments? What are the tools and applications that are used to better understand the current urbanization processes and inform the modelling of possible futures?
Who controls the adoption and use of spatial information resources? How does the adoption of GIS, participatory GIS and voluntary GIS affect outcomes?
b- Crises and Futures: How cities and urban regions prepare to cope with socio-economic and environmental crises.
Most cities are confronted with various forms of crises from time to time. These may be related to local issues such as some types of natural or technological hazards, but they can also include regional or even global scale crises such as climate change or the global economic crises that has gripped much of the world since 2008. Irrespective of the scale issue, crises by their nature cause substantial disruption to the normal functioning of cities, their residents, workers, businesses and economic and social lives. The combination of crises with growing urban inequalities and associated social conflicts also contribute to the emergence of new social actors and modalities of management and production of the city.
Some guiding questions for contributions on this sub-theme are:
Are specific processes needed as preparations for crises? What methodologies have proven their worth in crisis mitigation and adaptation? Should and how can local governments institutionalise crisis planning and crisis management? Do crises create opportunities as well as threats to sustainable urban development? How growing urban inequalities exacerbate the disproportionate vulnerability of certain groups?
c- Planning, Policy and Futures: How at local scale we design for better urban futures development.
The test of futures planning is its ability to generate improved concepts for local urban development and to facilitate and guide its realization. Design processes make a direct contribution to this ability. Contemporary and innovative concepts, methods and practices for local area and neighbourhood design may contribute to better urban futures. Some guiding questions for contributions on this sub-theme are:
How are concepts of resilient and sustainable cities translated into local design practice? What innovative approaches to local design are emerging and in what way do they improve the quality of urban life? Does collaborative design improve local development? How can uncertainty be accommodated in local design processes and practices?
d- Tales from the future: innovative approaches both in methodological terms and theoretical perspectives.
This sub-theme highlights cutting edge contributions related to theories, methods and techniques for spatial planning in rapidly changing and uncertain contexts. Some guiding questions for contributions on this sub-theme are:
Does scenario based planning increase or decrease stakeholder uncertainty and in so doing, public and private investment? What are the state of the art tools for collaborative spatial planning and under what circumstances can they be successfully used? How will internet based mapping and planning services affect local spatial planning practices? Do high-tech spatial planning tools contribute to stakeholder and social exclusion and undermine transparency in spatial planning and decision making? How are digital city technologies changing the nature of spatial planning and decision making? Examples of cutting edge tool development and case studies illustrating their applicability are encouraged.
Papers are encouraged in any of these sub-themes. A poster session will be prepared in particular to engage students in the information exchange process of the conference.
Some pre-conference workshops/meetings can be arranged for a small fee can also be facilitated. Should there be a desire for these please contact the local organization committee before 31 March 2013 (email@example.com)
N-AERUS is a network of European researchers working on urban issues in the south. It has approximately 400 members and operates since 1996 with the objective to mobilise and develop the European institutional and individual research and training capacities on urban issues in the south. Another important objective of the network is to increase the visibility and lobby in the EU on urban research in the south considering the fact that European governments in recent years have been reducing their support for research and aid focusing on the developing countries and urban issues.
ITC, The Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation of the University of Twente provides international postgraduate education, research and project services in the field of geo-information science and earth observation using remote sensing and GIS. The aim of ITC's activities is the international exchange of knowledge, focusing on capacity building and institutional development in developing countries and emerging economies
GISDECO is an international network of GIS experts, planners and project managers engaged in GIS applications in developing countries that provides a forum for the exchange of knowledge about emerging research and practical experiences with GIS-applications by organising seminars and workshops in various countries. These events are a forum for the exchange of ideas and progress in problem solving for GIS
Paper guidelines (All submitted papers must follow these guidelines)
Abstracts and full papers will be selected by an independent scientific committee composed by ITC, GISDECO and N-AERUS representatives, though a blind refereeing process.
The proceedings will have an ISBN number.
Deadline for abstract submission: 15th April 2013 12:00 PM CET
Notification of acceptance: 15th May 2013
Deadline full paper submission: 15th August 2013 12:00 PM CET
Conference: 12th to 14th September 2013
The host conference team:Javier MARTINEZ, Richard SLIUZAS, Rohan BENNETT, Saskia TEMPELMAN (Local Organising Secretariat ITC)
The N-AERUS Coordination committee: Eva ALVAREZ DE ANDRES, Viviana D'AURIA, Javier MARTINEZ, Luisa MORETTO
The GISDECO Coordination group: Richard SLIUZAS, Brent HALL, Neil STUART, Suan Pheng KAM, Reinaldo Perez MACHADO
Hotel accommodation for participants of N-AERUS/GISDECO Conference
We have guaranteed rooms at 3 different hotels; you may book there yourself using a code.
To book a room at the ITC International Hotel, please send an e-mail indicating your date of arrival and date of departure to firstname.lastname@example.org, using the code: "N-AERUS".
Price: € 75,- per room per night (single room), including breakfast (restaurant facilities available).
Price: € 72,- per room per night (double room, shared shower/toilet), including breakfast.
To make a reservation via the Drienerburght website, you need a credit card number with expiration date. If you do not have a credit card, please contact Drienerburght by phone (+31-53-4802666) or e-mail (email@example.com) directly.
Below you will find a list of hotels that you may book yourself. We have not made any arrangements and therefore we have no guarantee that rooms are available.
Hotel de Broeierd
Eden STAR Hotel
In case you need additional help, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration form for conference attendance:
Registration fees will be € 40 which covers attendance and lunches.
Method of payment:
If you are unable to pay the registration fees by bank, you may pay cash on arrival. Please make sure that you indicate this on your registration form.