This chair is chaired by Petra Hirschler (TU Vienna) and Roberto Rocco (TU Delft).
There is no single “best practice” for how to do successful spatial planning. The timing and process will differ depending on location, society, economy, market pressures, and the size and the particular planning culture. Spatial planning is typically oriented to the legal framework, the institutional circumstances as well as the particular time in its history. In addition, power and responsibility shift and cities and regions are in constant change.
However, the transfer of ideas and practices in urban and regional planning happens all the time around the globe and it is increasing with higher connectivity between individuals, governments and institutions across nations and continents. Furthermore, many “best practices” adopted in the developed world are transferred to the developing world without necessary critique and adaptation. Successful experiences embedded in very specific contexts are exported as panaceas.
This tracks looks for innovative planning projects and practices on different levels (transnational, national, regional and local) that foster responsible and critical knowledge transfer in the planning practice in both developed and developing countries, and that contemplate common challenges of implementation, understanding of specific contexts and differences in planning cultures. Attention to the local political economy and governance frameworks is essential.
The following issues will be highlighted:
1. Attention to context and governance frameworks, power and responsibilities
2. Smart approaches and innovative methods, products, processes that rely on an understanding of differences in planning cultures and practices
3. Challenges and gaps between formal planning and informal development
4. Lessons learned
5. Discussion of transferability hurdles
6. Accounts of success stories where the transfer of ideas and practices was successful and a discussion of the elements that made success possible.

For further information, please write to Roberto Rocco or visit the AESOP website. Deadline for submission is 19 JANUARY 2015.

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