Planning and Complexity

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15th meeting: Crossing over with Complexity: Co-evolution in Planning

Published at: 19 June 2016

Inspiring 2017 meeting at Ghent University!
April 12th-14th, 2017, city of Ghent, Belgium

Spatial planners and governance experts find inspiration in the Complexity Sciences for understanding the increasingly fuzzy and dynamic world in which they operate. During this meeting we explored in what way complexity enables planners to act in co-evolution with this ever-evolving world.

With co-evolution we refer to the continuous reconfiguration of actor-networks and/or systems as a consequence of continuous interactions between multiple actor-networks and/or systems. As became clear during the meeting, such co-evolutionary processes may involve spatio-functional configurations, actor-coalitions as well as institutional arrangements. Participants presented their ideas on strenthening the ability of planners to act in co-evolution with a multitude of domains and milieus as well as the opportunities to generate productive co-evolution between planning theory and practice.

A special contribution was made by keynote speaker prof. Robert Geyer. He gave a very enthousiastic and interdisciplinary talk on the potentials of the Complexity Sciences for organizational leaderschip and public management. Our sincere thanks goes to the  Department of Mobility and Spatial Planning (AMRP) at Ghent University, Belgium, and in particular to Dr. Beitske Boonstra and Dr. Barbara Tempels for organizing this interactive and inspiring event.


14th meeting: Taking Stock of Complexity Sciences: Evidence of Progress in Urban Planning?

Published at: 6 July 2015

During the 11th and 12th of February 2016 the University of Bamberg hosted the 14th thematic group meeting. At this workshop presenters discussed the recent progress and gaps in the planning & complexity debate, in particular on research methods, complexity-friendly governance arrangements, translating complexity to practice, and information technology and planning.

A special contribution was made by keynote speaker Dr. Andreas Duit, critically discussing the concept of resilience as part of complexity theory. From this discussion he identified several key steps for the further development of complexity thinking in governance and spatial planning. Our sincere thanks goes to the Chair for the Governance of Innovative and Complex Technological Systems, at the University of Bamberg, Germany for organizing this interactive and inspiring event.

Here you can find the programme and all presentations.