Planning and Complexity


19th meeting: Social disruption and urban complexity



Reflective thoughts on how Covid-19 transforms cities and their planning

 Online seminar by Aesop’s thematic group on Planning & Complexity – 27th of Nov 2020

It will be possible to follow the conference actively (plenary and breakout room) on the Zoom platform at the link (that works also as registration after the 20th November)
Please, make sure you to participate, click on the link within than 24 hours before the event. In the form at the link, you are asked to choose the privacy policy because all plenary sessions will be streamed on our YouTube Channel ( The Parallel Sessions will be also recorded and then uploaded to the YouTube Channel.

 14:00 - 18:30 

Detailed programme 

14:00 Openings&Icebreaker

Camilla Perrone | University of Florence

Ward Rauws  | Coordinator of Planning and Complexity Thematic Group of AESOP – University of Groningen


14.20-15.10 Keynote Lecture – Open City 

Richard Sennett | Centennial Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics and former University Professor of the Humanities at New York University

Discussant: Camilla Perrone | Professor at University of Florence 

Questions and Open discussion

15.10-15.20 Short Break

15.20-16.10 Presenting the Handbook on Planning & Complexity: How Covid-19 transforms the debate


15:20 Introduction - Christian Zuidema | University of Groningen
15:25 The Handbook on Planning & Complexity - Gert de Roo | University of Groningen
15:35 Complexity and COVID, three Pitches
            Prof dr. Juval Portugali | Tel Aviv University
            Prof dr. Raoul Beunen | Open University of Amsterdam & WUR University
            Prof dr. Moira Zellner | the University of Illinois at Chicago
15:50 Discussion (Moderator Christian Zuidema)
16:05 Closing words

16.10-16.30 Longer Break

16.30- 17.30 Parallel Sessions

• Parallel Session One (Full Papers)
“How and in which ways does the Covid-19 pandemic expose the complexity of urban systems?”
Chair: Maisa Totry Fakhoury | Ben Gurion University

Stefano Cozzolino | ILS - Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development & RWTH
Aachen University
Cities, cultural actors and the pandemic: it is time to deal with this issue.

Maisa Totry Fakhoury | Ben Gurion University
Nurit Alfasi | Ben Gurion University
Urban Codes and Social Institutions in Self-organizing Urbanity: The Case of Palestinian
Israeli Towns

Guzin Yeliz Kahya | Erciyes University
Civic Role of Artists’ Initiatives in Turkey’s Urban/Cultural Context and Their Collectivizing.
Efforts to Build an Agency within Cultural Scene of Cities

Hermann Haken | Institute for Theoretical Physics, Center of Synergetics, Stuttgart
Juval Portugali | TAU City Center, Tel Aviv University
A synergetic cities’ view on Cities and planning in Time of Corona

• Parallel Session Two (Speed Talks/Video Pitches)
“Which reactions and innovations in response to Covid-19 may advance urban planning in
addressing urban complexity?”
Chair: Flavia Giallorenzo | University of Florence

Inês Boavida-Portugal | University of Lisbon
Changes in attitude and dispositions in relation to travel and tourism induced by COVID-19

Beitske Boonstra | Erasmus University Rotterdam
Conditions and dilemmas of informal initiatives

Flavia Giallorenzo | University of Florence
Reflecting on socio-spatial impacts of Airbnb and revolutionary processes of change in
extended regional domains

Ward Rauws | University of Groningen
Covid-19 & behavioural interventions: the benefits of a complexity perspective

Micael da Silva e Sousa | University of Coimbra
Board games in complexity

Sharon Wohl | Iowa State University
Unraveling Urbanism: Sustainable dispersal after Covid?

• Parallel Session Three (Speed Talks/Video Pitches)
“Which lessons can be gained from Covid-19 on how planning can support urban societies in facing
sudden global crises?”
Chair: Christian Lamker | University of Groningen

Ángel Aparicio | Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Title to be defined

Federico Camerin | Universidad UVA de Valladolid - Departamento de Urbanismo y
Representación de la Arquitectura, IUU Instituto Universitario de Urbanística (Spain) -
Bauhaus-Universität Weimar - Fakultät Architektur und Urbanistik (Germany)
Can be Superblocks a short-term solution for mitigating the Covid-19?

Martina Bovo | Politecnico di Milano
Beatrice Galimberti | Politecnico di Milano
The COVID-19 outbreak and radical uncertainty

Christian Lamker | University of Groningen
Certainly creating uncertainty - a complex post-corona roles puzzle

Mark Zandvoort | Wageningen University/Tauw BV
Adaptive planning, more critical than ever!

Xiaoxu LIANG | Politecnico di Torino
Centralized governance and a top-down process in the Chinese urban heritage management


--- 17.30-17.40 Short Break

17.30-17.40 Short Break

17.40 – 18.15 Keynote Lecture – Covid-19 is over, now what? Urban crises, urban complexity, and the search for planning solutions   

Helen Couclelis | Professor Emerita, Geography Department, University of California, Santa Barbara

Discussant Jenni Partanen | Professor at Tallinn University of Technology 

Questions and Open discussion


18.15 Closing: instant report on the keywords/topic of the day