Blog posts of 2015

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.

ATLoT Prague Invitation

Published at: 9 May 2015

The AESOP Transportation Planning and Policy group would like to invite you to participate in the AESOP Transport Laboratory of Though 17-20 July at Vila Lanna in Prague.

Call for Abstracts for a special issue in Built Environment: "Public Spaces and Urban Justice"

Published at: 14 April 2015

Following the AESOP TG Public Spaces and Urban Cultures annual meeting Becoming Local Bucharest in June 2014, Matej Nikšič, Gabriel Pascariu and Ceren Sezer initiated a themed issue in Built Environment on "Public Spaces and Urban Justice". The deadline for abstract submission is June 1, 2015. You can find more information about the call in this blog post. For questions, please contact to us from the following e-mail address: . For more information about Built Environment please visit: .

Call for Abstracts: Becoming Local Porto

Published at: 10 April 2015

BECOMING LOCAL PORTO 'Generative Places, Smart Approaches, Happy People'
24th – 25th September, 2015

Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto – PORTUGAL

BECOMING LOCAL – Generative places, smart approaches, happy people– is the topic of the 8thCITTA Conference and AESOP Thematic Group on Public Spaces & Urban Cultures event organized by CITTA - Research Center for Territory, Transport and Environment, held at the Faculty of Engineering, Porto University, Portugal, on the 24th-25th September 2015.

The conference aims to investigate and discuss some main topics: (1) Real and virtual boundaries / Physical dimension (2) (Un)successful mediation / Social dimension and (3) Local identities and meanings / Cultural dimension.

Deadline for abstract submission:30 April 2015
Keynote Speakers: Ali Madanipour – (University of Newcastle, UK / Representative AESOP TG - Public Spaces & Urban Cultures); Carlos Fortuna (University of Coimbra, Portugal); Sako Musterd (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)

AESOP TG Representatives: Burcu Yigit Turan, Gabriella Esposito de Vita

For more information about the call please visit:

Call for abstracts: Becoming Local Glasgow 'The power of places & the places of power'

Published at: 6 February 2015


THE POWER of PLACES and THE Places of POWER (4-6 June 2015, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom)

Contact person: Georgiana Varna at

Deadline for abstract submission: 1 April 2015
Keynote speakers: Matthew Carmona  (Bartlett School of Planning, UCL) and Panu Lehtovuori (Tampere University of Technology, School of Architecture)
AESOP TG Representatives: Celia Ghyka (Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism, Bucharest, Romania) and Ceren Sezer (Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands)

(The event is free of charge, however, we kindly ask you to secure your own travel and accommodation arrangements.)

The Just City: A Roundtable

Published at: 21 January 2015

Moderators Claudia Basta (Wageningen University) and Stefano Moroni(Milan Technical University) report on the round table discussion. Panel members: Michael Gunder, University of Auckland ● Francesco Lo Piccolo, University of Palermo ● Raine Mantysalo, Aalto University ● Alan March, University of Melbourne ● Tore Sager, Trondheim University of Science and Technology.