27th International Conference on Urban Planning
and Regional Development in the Information Society
Mobility hubs are far from being limited to their function as transport hubs. They are multifunctional and versatile places of encounter. In places where many people come together, information and knowledge are exchanged and new ideas are developed. Since mankind has become sedentary, such hubs have formed where the exchange of people, goods, but also ideas and knowledge takes place. With the rise of cities, this process has intensified and today, when almost 60 % of the world's population lives in cities, dealing with this centre function is more important than ever.
New challenges keep emerging that keep us busy maintaining and developing the functions of such hubs:
- Societal transformation and changes in population and ageing structures require adjustments to both urban structures and rural areas.
- The climate crisis simply does not allow us to continue as before. Ecological footprint, energy performance certificate and climate governance are not mere buzzwords, but important fields of action to steer future developments.
- The increasingly easy access to all forms of mobility on land, water and in the air is not only changing our settlement and social structure. The construction and operation of mobility infrastructure is often resource-intensive.
- Above all this hovers the sphere of digitisation. Much is already possible without having to physically move for it – data, information and knowledge move instead.
- In recent years, the pandemic has shown how quickly our structures can be shaken to their foundations even without "conventional" natural disasters. The diverse reactions and the struggle to return to normality, which continues to this day, have produced some remarkable results.
REAL CORP 2022 addresses the links between society's innovative achievements and the confronting demands of our environment, cities and settlements. In order to achieve acceptable sustainable development, spatial planning and related disciplines need to carefully address current trends and influence them with appropriate governance mechanisms to maintain and improve the quality of life, but also to decisively address the concerns of our ecosystem. We therefore invite contributions from all disciplines involved in urban development in order to analyse the challenges for the future of urban spaces in a holistic manner. In addition to science-based contributions, we also welcome practice-based reports on short-term measures and/or long-term strategies for urban and regional development.
Here are the main topics REAL CORP 2022 is going to deal with:
- Sustainable mobility – how can transport and the environment be brought under one roof?
- Climate change and climate protection – how many minutes to 12 is it, how do we need to change our approach to the ecosystem?
- Natural disasters and extreme weather events: What impact do our actions have on nature? How can we respond to them?
- Ecosystem and resources: energy, clean water, fertile soil and clean air are limited – how do we use them sparingly and efficiently?
- Urban farming – on house fronts, underground, in abandoned farm areas, on balconies?
- Social change and changes in population structure: Different continents have very different starting points, and accordingly the processes of change are also very heterogeneous. What can we learn from each other here?
- Spatial transformation in urban and rural areas – which structures are affected by change, what impact does this have on other areas?
- "Long Covid" thought differently – what long-term effects of the pandemic will accompany us in the future?
- Digitisation brings new forms of work, life and living? To what degree is this useful, what advantages and disadvantages does it create?
- Social innovation – with which measures, ideas and models can social challenges be met? To what extent are social and technical innovation interdependent or merged?
- Technical innovation: What impact does the rapid progress of (especially digital) technology have on the future development of our cities? How smart does a city have to be?
- Real estate of the future: What requirements will buildings and settlements have to meet in the future? Accessibility, low or zero energy, resource conservation, re-use, mixed use, inclusion – what is feasible, where are compromises necessary?
For all those topics REAL CORP 2022 asks especially about
- The role of urban planning and related disciplines
- Digitisation and technological innovation
- Short term measures, long range perspectives