Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Book Launch: 3-4 pm, Reception following
Sponsored by IURD
Edited by: Karina Pallagst, Thorsten Wiechmann, and Cristina Martinez-Fernandez
The shrinking city phenomenon is a multidimensional process that affects cities, parts of cities or metropolitan areas around the world that have experienced dramatic decline in their economic and social bases. Shrinkage is not a new phenomenon in the study of cities. However, shrinking cities lack the precision of systemic analysis where other factors now at work are analyzed: the new economy, globalization, aging population (a new population transition) and other factors related to the search for quality of life or a safer environment. This volume places shrinking cities in a global perspective, setting the context for in-depth case studies of cities within Mexico, Brazil, Indonesia, Germany, France, Great Britain, South Korea, Australia, and the USA, which consider specific economic, social, environmental, cultural and land-use issues.
Table of Contents and contributors here.
Three of the authors will introduce the book:
Karina Pallagst is profess or for International Planning Systems at Kaiserslautern University's faculty of Spatial Planning.
Helen Mulligan is a director of Cambridge Architectural Research in the UK.
Sylvie Fol is a Professor of Urban Planning at the University of Paris 1 Pantheon - Sorbonne.
Now Online Presentation Slides
It is only a hundred years ago since the history of planning was established as an academic subject and a discipline at the Department of Civic Design at the University of Liverpool. The Town Planning Review journal was founded in 1910 at the same institution and was based on the idea of presenting theory and good practice. A third event at the same time was the start of a planning course at Harvard University.
The author has followed the development of theory and practice in planning for 50 years. He has been a professional planner, a researcher and university lecturer.
He argues that we have witnessed a change in making many examples of good practice into objective science. We are longing for facts, but the crucial issues are what we do with the facts and what types of action do these facts trigger. “We are all practitioners”, claims the author.
But what do planners really do? They listen, read, speak and write when working on theoretical issues in a university, at a municipal planning office or as a private consultant. They all work with language in different and very practical ways. They approach their profession by bridging the gap between theory and practice.
This brings us to the title of the book; The Art of Planning. This does not mean art like a painting in a gallery or art as a work in an auction. Rather art as performance, the good and meaningful use of language, art as understanding the context of time and place, and art as creative and innovative action. So just like the art of engineering or the art of downhill skiing, this book is about skill and excellence.
The first part examines theoretical issues such as
-- Wholeness and the fragment
-- Borders in mind and space
-- The art of rhetorics
-- And the risk society
This is written as a commentary upon on-going discussions in planning theory. The second part of the book presents a concept for teaching planning based on different approaches
by Sigmund Asmervik
Born in 1941, Sigmund Asmervik graduated as an architect and urban planner in 1966 at the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH) in Trondheim, Norway and was awarded a doctorate in traffic planning in 1976 by the same institution.
Since 1990, he has taught planning and planning theory at NTH and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, the Norwegian University of Life Science and the University of Stavanger. He has been active in different ways in the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) since the early 1990s.
Sao Paulo Megacity Sustainability Indicators, Brazil
Professor Carlos Leite describes his two recent research projects, “Indicators of Sustainability on Urban Development” and "Smart Informal Territories Lab in Heliopolis Slum" which look at the challenge of the Sustainable Megacity through Sao Paulo’s experience as a city of 20 million people, with expansion that ranges from formal urban development to the informal context of huge slums. This work signalizes parameters for a city that is reinventing itself through eco-urbanism after the "expanding and exhausting" model of the 21st Century when the city grew by 27,000% in population and 40,000% in urban territory in a country, Brazil, that has the 6th world highest GNP.
by Carlos Leite, Professor, Mackenzie University, Sao Paulo
Presentation Slides now online
Featured Faculty Research
IURD Faculty Affiliate and Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning Chair
Cairo, one of the densest cities in the world, struggles with many urban planning challenges, including heavy traffic, air pollution, a large informal housing sector, and lack of recreational and open green space for its many residents. The city has remarkable opportunities to reconnect its people with the river through increased access to the waterfront, environmental improvements, pedestrian pathways, and attractive public spaces. Except for a few heavily-used areas of public access, the banks of the Nile are currently off-limits for most citizens because of private and military uses. Reclaiming the banks of the Nile for the people of Cairo will provide much-needed green space and make the river once again the heart of this dynamic and richly-textured city.
Confronting a Crisis: A Three-Part Conference Series on Sustainability
This conference series highlights state-of-the-art initiatives to plan the sustainable cities of the future. Three conferences bring together leading practitioners, top academics, and high-ranking state and federal government officials to discuss the barriers to implementing energy efficiency in the residential sector, more sustainable economic development and fiscal practices, and transportation innovations that will reduce its environmental footprint. The conferences are open to the public and will culminate in the production of policy briefs that summarize the discussions and provide action steps to policymakers.
Podcasts, Slides and Summary Report from the Seminar Series: Infilling California Tools and Strategies for Infill Development
Sponsored by the Center for a Sustainable California and IURD, and co-sponsored by the Urban Land Institute of San Francisco, the Association of Bay Area Governments, the California Infill Builders Association, and the Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment at BerkeleyLaw.