Ethics, Values and Planning

AESOP TG ETHICS, VALUES & PLANNING - Colloquium: Human Dignity in Planning, November 23rd from 4 to 5pm (CET), with Ben Davy

Published at: 27 October 2021

The AESOP TG on Ethics, Values and Planning continues the conversation and debate on Tuesday 23 November 2021, from 4 to 5 pm (CET) with Ben Davy on Human Dignity in Planning.

We aim for a condensed and vibrant discussion starting from the article Human Dignity: Is there a place for it in planning? by Ben Davy in Transactions. Besides clarifying the reasons why the concept of human dignity should be included in the planning discourse, in his paper Davy raises two main fundamental points: 1) in order to align their plans with human dignity, planners should immerse themselves in the local communities affected by their plans; 2) planners must recognize the tension that exists between social justice and human dignity: a plan that is socially just can still be humiliating. Are these the proper recipes? Is the concept of human dignity absolute or subjective? What values and planning approaches does imply the recognition of human dignity?

You are very welcome to participate. Please consider the following:

  • Prepare yourself by reading the texts in advance (the papers will be provided to participants);
  • Register to the event by sending an e-mail to (you will receive a zoom-link to participate);
  • Participants are invited to send in a question, idea, or comment to be raised during the colloquium via e-mail by Friday 19 November at the latest.

To secure a colloquium in which there is sufficient space for active participation, we limit the number of participants. So please register in time.

Stefano Cozzolino & Arend Jonkman