Blog posts of 2019

18th meeting: Games for Cities

Published at: 11 October 2019

Games for Cities: Building synergies between games, complexity, simulation, planning and design
7-8 November, 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal. 

The 18th meeting of our Thematic Group aspires to provide platform where interdisciplinary crossovers among policy-making, games, urban design, simulation, analytical models and other digital technologies can harness urban complexity by interlocking theory and practice in planning.

The diversity in city games is growing and presenters will:

  • showcase how games can promote future cities,
  • analyse critical conditions for successful application of games
  • evaluate how games can provide grip on the intrinsic complex nature of cities.

Prof. Juval Portugali, amongst others know from his books on Complexity, Cognition and Cities, will deliver a keynote speech. A second keynote will be delivered by Dr. Ekim Tan, the founder of Play the City and expert of serious game for urban development. 

The full program can be downloaded HERE (print-friendly version). 

Non-presenting participants can still sign up: Registation

Free for all AESOP members participants (Lunch at own expenses).
General public - 35 Euros (Lunch at own expenses).

Annual Report for 2018

Published at: 17 July 2019

Annual Report for 2018
Organized by Stefania Ragozino, Burcu Yigit Turan, and Mohamed Saleh, in collaboration with further TG members
During 2018, the group was coordinated by Gabriella Esposito De Vita and Ceren Sezer

Spatial Strategies at the Land-Sea Interface: Rethinking Maritime Spatial Planning - Call for papers is open!

Published at: 18 March 2019

Spatial Strategies at the Land-Sea Interface: Rethinking Maritime Spatial Planning

11-13th September 2019, University of Hamburg, Institute for Geography


To contribute a paper please a submit a proposed title and an abstract of max. 400 words to Dr. Cormac Walsh at by 15.07.2019. We intend to publish a selection of papers from this work in the form of a journal special issue. Further details will be provided at a later date.

To register for this workshop (required should you wish to present a paper or not), please email Sarah Topfstädt at with your name, affiliation and any special dietary requirements. The deadline for registration is 15.07.2019. Please note that places are limited and preference may be given to those who are actively engaged with the specific topic of the workshop in their own research / practice. There is no registration fee. We may be in a position to subsidise travel costs for early career researchers who will present a paper and do not have access travel funding. Do let us know if this applies to you.

Call for Papers AESOP 2019

Published at: 15 January 2019

Dear Colleagues,
Kind reminder that the deadline for abstract submission has been extended.
Join our track >> 8_Transition paths and urban futures

Peter Ache