Richard Sennett & Helen Couclelis starring as Keynote speakers upcoming TG planning and complexity meeting

Published at: 11 November 2020

AESOP's Thematic Group on Planning & Complexity is pleased to announce that Prof. Richard Sennett and Prof. Helen Couclelis will be keynote speakers during the upcoming event at the 27th of November. We kindly invite the AESOP community to attent the event and enjoy their talks.

The 19th meeting on 'social disruption and urban complexity’, aspires to reflect how crises, like Covid-19, transform cities and their planning.

Next to the World class key note speakers, the event includes a book presentation on the Handbook on Planning & Complexity, traditional paper presentations and speed talks.


If you want to join the meeting, as a presenter or as a participant, then register here.

Complete your registration as quickly as possible. Full is full. Participation in the event is free.

Get the stage: call for contributions

The event aims to foster an intergenerational dialogue among scholars and across fields and topics. We call for contributions that can improve our understanding of the factors influencing the ability of a city to react to the effects of the pandemic (and its discontents). Please read the full call text here.

Three types of contributions are welcomed:

  • Paper presentation (10 min) combined with Q&A discussions ( Traditional presentation of fully develop papers)

  • Speed Talks / pre-recorded video-pitches (5 min) combined with Q&A discussions (Provoking thoughts, personal reflections, initial research findings)

  • Thematic paper / panel sessions (60 min) (Thematic sessions under their own moderation).

13th November – Deadline thematic session

20th November - Deadline Full papers and abstracts for speed-talks

Submissions can be done at or via the registration form.

The keynote speakers

Prof. Richard Sennett is a world-class sociologist, amongst others known for his books The Fall of Public Man(1977), The Craftsman (2008), Building and Dwelling: Ethics for the City (2018). Sennett currently serves as Senior Advisor to the United Nations on its Program on Climate Change and Cities. He is Senior Fellow at the Center on Capitalism and Society at Columbia University and Visiting Professor of Urban Studies at MIT.

Prof. Helen Couclelis is an expert in the field of geographical information science and characterised as a philosophical geographer. She published numerous well-cited papers on the potential of CA, ABM and time geography for today's society. Her recent essay "There will be no Post-COVID city" in Environment and Planning B went viral. Couclelis is Professor Emerita of the University of California, Santa Barbara.

The meeting will be hosted by Prof. Camilla Perrone and her team at the Laboratory on Critical Planning & Design, University of Florence, Italy and is co-organised with the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, and Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia.