26 November 2019, 6-8 p.m. (room 3.13)
Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development (ILS), Brüderweg 22-24, Dortmund
Cities and urban regions across the globe face a series of pressures and challenges, of which many come with uncertainties. These uncertainties are complicating urban planning and policy making as developing productive interventions that establish desired outcomes becomes an arduous undertaking. Uncertainties are hard to avoid, as they affect key dimensions of decision making; they can be a consequence of limited knowledge about the phenomena planners aim to deal with, arise from the ambiguity in how actors perceive certain problems and possible solutions, and can be the result of cascading effects in which changes at one place and moment in time trigger a series of changes elsewhere and at later moments.
To advance urban planning and policy making under conditions of uncertainty, a call for more adaptive approaches is made (e.g. Rauws, 2017; Skrimizea et al, 2019). It is argued that such approaches should enable planning and policy making to work with uncertainties rather than reducing or ignoring them, and as such also increase the responsiveness of cities to foreseen and unforeseen change. However, the debate on adaptive approaches to planning lacks conceptual clarity and frameworks for operationalization are limited (Zandvoort & Willems, 2017).
With the aim to advance the adaptive planning debate, an analytical framework will be proposed to distinguish various types of adaptive planning and how they relate. Moreover, critical considerations in establishing more adaptive approaches will be identified.
Guest Speaker: Ward Rauws
Ward Rauws is Assistant Professor at the University of Groningen (the Netherlands) and coordinator of the AESOP Planning and complexity group. His research interests include, among others, urban and peri-urban transformations, urban planning and governance, local initiatives and active citizenship, and self-organization and complexity science. With the talk “Adapt or Perish: the need for complexity-sensitive planning” Ward Rauws will present some of his most relevant and recent scientific achievements.
Rauws, W. (2017). Embracing Uncertainty Without Abandoning Planning: Exploring an Adaptive Planning Approach for Guiding Urban Transformations. disP-The Planning Review, 53(1), 32-45.
Skrimizea, E., Haniotou, H. & Parra, C. (2019). On the ‘complexity turn’ in planning: An adaptive rationale to navigate spaces and times of uncertainty. Planning Theory, 18(1), 122-142.
Zandvoort, M. & Willems, J. J. (2017). What’s adaptive to what? Defining and using the concept of adaptiveness in planning. In Zandvoort, M. (Eds.), Planning amid uncertainty: Adaptiveness for spatial interventions in delta areas (pp. 49-71). Wageningen: Wageningen University.