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Day 1 - February 4th, 2021

9:00-9:30 Conference opening by the N-AERUS steering committee:

Paola Alfaro - d’Alençon, Dr. Ing., Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) Research Fellow Habitat Unit, Technische Universität Berlin, Prof. P. Universidad Catolica de Chile, Jakub Galuszka, Dr. senior researcher at the Habitat Unit, Technische Universität Berlin, Paola Piscitelli, Dr. post-doctoral research fellow at Hamburg Universität

Philipp Misselwitz, Prof. Dr. Chair of the Habitat Unit, Technische Universität Berlin

9:30-10:25 Opening dialogue “How to plan in a world of uncertainty?”

Marcello Balbo, Prof. (IUAV University of Venice) and Ximena de la Barra, Dr. (international consultant, former UNICEF Latin America Public Policy Advisor)

10:25-10:30 Break

10:30-12:00 Session 1: LEARNING [Education, Experimental teaching, Systems integration]

Panel coordinators: Mfaniseni Sihlongonyane, Prof. (Witwatersrand University) and Lucas Elsner (TUB)


“Critical urban pedagogy. What does convite as a neighbourhood upgrading practice teach us?”

“Urban STUDIO Gugulethu HOPE. Discovering spaces of learning in Cape Town’’

“Rethinking planning education practice in the South through a decolonial lens: building an anthropophagic method to approach vulnerable communities in Brazil”

12:00-13:00 Lunch break

13:00-14:30 Session #2 EXPERIMENTING [Environment, Climate Crisis, Livelihoods, Waste Management, Transport]

Panel coordinators: Oliver Lah, Dr. (TUB/Wuppertal Institute) and Debashish Bhattacharjee (UN-Habitat)


“Measuring Benefits of Urban Heat Adaptation: A case study of the revitalization of Ipiranga Stream in Sao Paulo/Brazil”

“Greening the Infrastructure through Urban Biodiversity and its Post-COVID-19 Implications: The Case of the City of Manila, Philippines”

“Greenway Network Proposal as Natural Based Solution in Limassol, Cyprus”

“What drives electric mobility experimentations? Actors and motivations for motorcycle taxi electrification in Nairobi, Kenya”

“A majority world: human-nature relations in mapping as a performative practice”

“A Safe Space. Architecture and preparedness in the era of uncertainty”

14:30-14:40 Break

14:40-16:10 Session #3 COLLABORATING (ENVIRONMENT)

Panel coordinators: Ana Maria Duran, Prof. (University of California, Los Angeles) and Josefine Fokdal, Dr. (University Stuttgart)


“Responsible Neighbourhood Planner” for micro renewal in Beijing“

“Gaining prominence while addressing uncertainties: Role of community-based organisations during the COVID-19 Pandemic in KHULNA CITY, BANGLADESH”

“Coping with uncertainty through robust and adaptive planning: updating Trento’s urban plan”

“Making digital participation in urban planning a common“

“Making Resilient Plans: Exploring how to download plans to a local level in the context of climate prof urban development”

“Potential of co-design and co-production of space in a multi-layered VUCA


“Promoting Countervisuality On Climate Resilience In A Marginalized District Of Naples (Italy)”

16:10-16:15 Break

16:15-17:45 Roundtable 1 | How to plan in a world of uncertainty? 

Methods and Experimentation on the ground

Moderation: Paola Alfaro-d’Alençon and Jakub Galuszka


Day 2 - February 5th, 2021

9:00 - 09:30 Recap of the first day and introduction to the days to come

9:30 - 11:00 Session #3 CO-PRODUCING AND COMMONING [Planning, Research, Design]

Session Introduction: Horacio Torrent, Prof. Dr. (P. Universidad Católica de Chile)

Panel coordinators: Dagmar Pelger (Udk Berlin) and Luz Vergara d’Alençon, Dr. (TU Delft)


“Place-Based Urban Planning and Design in Sub-Saharan Africa“

“Participatory design and planning to build human infrastructures able to deal with shifting identities and new challenges”

“Taking Care, Being Prepared, Getting Antifragile- Reflections on experiences of co-design in a time of uncertainty“

“The co-productions challenges in slums upgrading faced in São Paulo/Brazil“

“Participatory Design as a Sustainable Approach to Inclusive Housing in Developing Economies“

“Chile’s Pobladores Movement and the redefinition of a neoliberal housing policy from the margins”

11:00-12:30 Session #4 INHABITING [Housing, Policies, Growing, Equity]

Panel coordinators: Hassan Elmouelhi, Dr. (Habitat Unit, Technical University of Berlin)


12:30-14:00 Lunch Break

14:00-15:30 Session #5 MOVING [Human mobility, Patterns/Practices, Environmental migration, Eviction/Displacement]
Panel coordinators: Giovanni Vecchio, Dr. (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile) and Wolfgang Scholz, Dr. Ing. (Universität Dortmund)


15:30-15:35 Break

15:35-17:00 ROUNDTABLE 2 | How to plan in a world of uncertainty? 

Proposals for research and policies

Moderation: Paola Piscitelli

17:00-17:50 Conference closure with guests

Margarita Greene, Prof. (REDUS Lac), Philipp Misselwitz, Prof.

(Technische Universität Berlin), Mfaniseni Sihlongonyane, Prof.

(Witwatersrand University)

Day 3 February 6th, 2021

09:30-10:00 Paolo Perulli, Prof. (Università del Piemonte Orientale),

Diana Shendrikova, Dr. (Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei)
“‘Which Future for the Cities after COVID-19?”

10:00-10:30 Nadine Appelhans, Dr. (TU Dortmund) - book presentation: “Transport Planning and Mobility in Urban East Africa”. Edited By Nadine Appelhans, Wolfgang Scholz, Sabine Baumgart. Routledge 2020

10:30-11:00 TBC

11:00-11:05 Break

11:05-14:00 Annual N-AERUS meeting and election of the new steering committee

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