REAL CORP conferences are held annually since 1996. Some hundred experts from around the world from the fields of urban planning, smart cities, mobility and transport planning, information and communication technologies, architecture, social and environmental sciences, real estate, GIS, surveying and remote sensing and more meet to discuss the latest tasks and topics on urban planning, regional development and information society in an international and extremely interdisciplinary conference.
Between 150 and 180 expert lectures, presentations, round table discussions, workshops and small exhibitions are offered on the conference days, composed by a traditional extensive social programme with informal welcome, evening reception, tours to companies or to implemented urban solutions in the region etc.
15-18 September 2020, RWTH Aachen, Germany (virtual conference)
SHAPING URBAN CHANGE – Livable City Regions for the 21st Century
Urban regions around the globe are developing in very different manner. Nevertheless, the are several common themes:
In numerous European cities and agglomerations, in particular, we can currently see two kinds of processes which may appear to be contradictory at first glance: reurbanisation and regionalisation. City centres and centrally located urban quarters become more attractive, especially for people who (re-)discover the benefits of urban life. This return to core cities as a place of life has a lot of reasons, but it is strongly linked to changes in the working environment and the trend to combine working and living much more as it waspossible in suburban fringe areas. In this regard, well equipped and multi-functional urban quarters do have their advantages. At the same time we have a regionalisation of urban issues, mostly because cities get more and more under pressure.
Even if cities and villages are changing, they keep being places of (collective) memory and recognition; places where bonds are established. Identity and homeland – terms that are supposed to designate such qualities of a city – are, however, not based solely on the familiarity of a living environment whose essential characteristics have hardly changed over a long period of time, but can be traced back to the specific atmospheric qualities of a city, a neighbourhood or a region. Therefore, not only the architectural heritage with its historical buildings, streets, open spaces and districts is decisive for the identity of a city, but also the ability to create new, convincing and in the best case unmistakable atmospheres within the framework of urban development.
REAL CORP 2020 aims to discuss strategies and concepts for quality change management in the light of the challenges outlined above, which arise in neighbourhoods, cities, urban regions and metropolitan areas in Europe and around the globe. Questions of who the actual actors of current urban, regional and metropolitan regional development are and what role planners can play in the corresponding scenarios will also be explored.
2-4 April 2019, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
IS THIS THE REAL WORLD? “Perfect Smart Cities” vs. “Real Emotional Cities”
Cities have been created by mankind for thousands of years now, as places for people to live and where they can best develop their talents and activities in work-sharing societies.Although there is still a huge demand for physical structures, lately lots of the discussion on the future of cities has been focusing on bringing digital technologies into cities. The term “Smart Cities” has been excessively used and bears the hope and promise that cities will become more efficient but also more livable.“Smart Cities Solutions” has also become a major industry with a huge future potential.
Cities do not just consist of bricks, mortar, steel, glass and – recently – ICT. A city has an identity, a “spirit”, it is emotional, and this is often something very important for a city and its places and districts, and of course for its citizens. Cities are “home”, there can be feel-good places as well as areas rather to avoid, depending on many factors: common and individual ones. What makes the “spirit of a city” or a place?
Whereas renderings in the Smart City context all too often show almost perfect cities, real cities have their shiny places, but most probably also their “dark sides”. What is the situation and the future of “THE REAL WORLD”? What is the relation between longing for “Perfect Smart Cities” and “Real Emotional Cities”? Will cities and neighbourhoods be “standardized” and more look and feel like each other or will they keep their identities? Will this be just decided in market values?
Can urban planning support keeping and creating places, spaces and cities – “Real Emotional Cities”? What are the tools for the 21st century city? Of course we must not forget that sustainability and resilience stay primary goals for urban development.
REAL CORP 2019 wants to explore the relations and differences between standardisation trough technical innovation on the one hand and the quest for uniqueness and peculiarity on the other hand.
4-6 April 2018, TU Wien, Vienna, Austria
EXPANDING CITIES – DIMINISHING SPACE. Are “Smart Cities” the solution or part of the problem of continuous urbanisation around the globe?
The world’s total population is expected to hit the 10 billion point in the 2060s, more than 70 % living in urban areas.
Cities are not only growing in population, but are expanding in area. Also transport infrastructure, industrial zones, shopping centres, logistics centres, event and leisure facilities etc. consume additional space. As a consequence cities also grow into 3rd dimension: “up into the sky” and “going underground”. Many cities kind of expand in time, become “cities that never sleep”, extending their urban activities to 24 hours per day all the year round – 24/365. Even in countries and regions with constant or declining population numbers, it is still the cities that attract people.
While the “hunger” in the literal sense for food and resources is growing, the “spaces in between”, especially agricultural land, but also natural retreats and buffer zones are diminishing.
These aspects of city expansion do not only lead to massive changes all over the world, they also arise multiple challenges, chances and risks which have to be dealt with in planning processes. On the one hand there is the threat that the permanent demand for more space leads to a number of consequences such as scarcity of resources, infrastructural bottlenecks, pollution and devastation of land or social conflicts. On the other hand more and more unprecedented (urban) technologies are available to monitor and manage cities. Monitoring is as well done by remote sensing in stunning precision, and by extensive sensor networks in (almost) real time.
However, with all the technology in focus of course the goals of sustainability and resilience remain as important as they have always been. Cities are mainly about people and not about technology, so it is still “quality of life” that should be in focus.
12-14 September 2017, TU Wien (Vienna University of Technology), Austria
Panta Rhei – a World in Constant Motion
Mobility is a multifaceted topic with a complex past development. Ideological quarrels, almost religious wars have been fought during the past decades when talking about mobility issues: boundless mobility for free citizens or priority to humane, liveable settlements? Can mobility cost transparency start an overdue restructuring or would it bring down or complete economic system? Expansion of transport infrastructure to shrink distances or shrinking of transport infrastructure for a compact city of short distances?
22-24 June 2016, Landesbetrieb Geoinformation und Vermessung, Hamburg, Germany
SMART ME UP! How to become and how to stay a Smart City, and does this improve quality of life?
Smart cities go hand in hand with evolvement and improvement of digital technology. They are a post-industrial reaction to the economic, social and political changes and challenges the world has been facing throughout the last decade – like the demographic change, the financial crisis or scarcity of resources.
5-7 May 2015, Virginie Lovelinggebouw (VAC Gent), Ghent, Belgium
PLAN TOGETHER – RIGHT NOW – OVERALL. From Vision to Reality for Vibrant Cities and Regions
Cities full of life, commited citizens, visionary politicians, a strong economy, attractive universities, a rich arts and cultural scene, joy and fun in the streets, prosperity, curiosity, inclusiveness – dynamic and stable and of course everything sustainable and resilient and “smart” ...
What are the ingredients for VIBRANT CITIES and REGIONS? And how to make them a REALITY?
REAL CORP 2015 dealt with the question:
21-23 May 2014, Austrian Economic Chamber, Vienna, Austria
PLAN IT SMART. CLEVER SOLUTIONS FOR SMART CITIES
“Smart Cities” has become a widely used term for the implementation of information and communication technologies (ICT) into the processes of cities and the built environment, aiming to improve the integration of the physical assets as well as social and environmental capital. Fired by several rankings there seems to be a competition for the title of the “Smartest City”.
This kind of hype raises a lot of questions that REAL CORP 2014 dealt with.
Can we PLAN IT SMART and find CLEVER SOLUTIONS FOR SMART CITIES?
20-23 May 2013, Acquario Romano (House of Architecture), Rome, Italy
PLANNING TIMES – You better Keep Planning or You get in Deep Water, for the Cities they are A-Changin'
The relationship between space and time has been formulated in the most diverse planning theories and has fascinated mankind from the beginning. When planning our cities, when defining projects that may improve the conditions of our society, when proposing decision processes that manage the space around us, when implementing techniques to foster development - the relationship between space and time is something we are constantly working with.
Time and space work on different scales, dimensions and topics – and confront us with questions such as:
REAL CORP 2013 was the occasion to discuss about theories and methods but also hands-on experiences from all over to world on how planning deals with space in time in order to plan our cities and regions.
14-16 May 2012, Multiversum Schwechat, Austria
RE-MIXING THE CITY – Towards Sustainability and Resilience?
Cities worldwide are facing rapid social, economic, environmental, technological and cultural changes such as: rapid urbanisation, aging of society, security issues, housing emergency, new solutions on mobility, integration of immigrants, food and water shortage, etc.
Especially in times of economic crisis and demographic changes in cities, it is necessary to think about how to best handle what we have, and therefore “RE-MIXING THE CITY” is a challenge to manage and re-combine the elements which make our modern cities in order to better respond to change. REAL CORP 2012 in Schwechat will offer the possibility to collectively discuss a wide range of topics in different panel groups and workshops.
REAL CORP 2012 covered the following sections and topics:
18-20 May 2011, Zeche Zollverein, Essen, Germany
CHANGE FOR STABILITY – Lifecycles of Cities and Regions
Changes and diversification are ubiquitous in cities and regions. The quest for continuous renewal and improvement is a driver towards a thriving development, as well as land use impact, displacement and “constructive destruction” with all the side effects.
Urban development is not a one-way street leading towards an ideal end. Changes of the framework – like revival or crisis of economic sectors, the change of social ideals or ecologically driven challenges – demand the adaptation of the system of aims and development strategies. Also changes of the infrastructure and targeted interventions of planning (lighthouse projects, major events, …) lead towards elementary changes of the dynamics and trends of development.
Permanent change takes place – often as continuous, evolutionary development, but sometimes also with huge, dramatic turning points.
Special attention will be paid to the technical possibilities of confronting and forming the changes: planning processes and instruments as well as urban, environmental, transport and communication technologies.
18-20 May 2010, Messe Wien, Vienna, Austria
CITIES FOR EVERYONE – Liveable, Healthy, Prosperous
The role of urban planning and urban technologies on the path towards improved quality of life, health, sustainability and prosperity in our cities.
22-25 April 2009, Design Centre Sitges, Spain
CITIES 3.0: SMART, SUSTAINABLE, INTEGRATIVE.
Although major parts of the world are blessed to live in peace and economic wealth at the beginning of the 21st century, the world is facing serious challenges like
In a changing world cities have to advance and to adopt to stay what they are and have always been:
REAL CORP 2009 dealt with the challenges and perspectives for cities and asks how they might look like and be organized and managed in the future, with a special focus on the role of information and communications technologies in urban development. The major questions to be dealt with at the conference in April 2009 were:
19-21 May 2008, Vienna International Airport, Austria
Mobility Nodes as Innovation Hubs
Where many people come together, information and knowledge is exchanged and new ideas are created. Airports, train stations and motorway rest stops are not only transportation hubs but rapidly develop as transportation hubs because:
Transportation hubs rapidly develop as business centres, "airport cities" are noteworthy examples of this development.
20-23 May 2007, Tech Gate Vienna, Austria
To Plan Is Not Enough
Main topics: The main topic „To Plan Is Not Enough“ focuses on the relationship between urban development and real estate business, some of the sub-topics are From abstract plans to realized projects: co-operation of urban planning and real estate development in cities;
13-16 February 2006, Congress Center Vienna, Austria
Sustainable Solutions for the Information Society
Sustainability is an essential element of long-term and therefore a basic principle in urban planning, regional development and mobility management. With the Rio declaration and Local Agenda 21 sustainability has become a widely acknowledged and discussed concept and a "megatrend" in diverse economic fields.
22-25 February 2005, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Real Models - Unreal World
25-27 February 2004, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
IT Regions: Innovation and Technology as driving forces for a sustainable urban and regional development
Not only since the Rio summit or local agenda 21 sustainability is a major issue in urban and regional planning. A well-balanced framework of ecological, economical and social conditions for man and environment has to be established and its perseverance has to be secured.
25 February – 1 March 2003, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Major topic 1: “GLOCALIZE.IT!”
The same goods in the same supermarket shelves from the North Cape to Fireland, the “business districts” of cities around the globe are like two peas in a pod and the price for the global product “hamburger” provides information about the economic resources of a country. Also the dream of one's own home with garden is almost the same nearly everywhere. Do the meanings of local and regional characteristics completely disappear?
27 February – 1 March 2002, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
“Who plans Europe's future?”
The motto of CORP 2002 is “Europe goes on - Vienna goes ahead!” Vienna was very dedicated within Europe and within the candidates for accession in the last years. If Vienna attempted to initiate a European region in the multi-city region between St. Pölten, Brno, Bratislava, Györ, Sopron, Eisenstadt and Wiener Neustadt with its “natural” centre Vienna, this could be seen as the approach of planning the direct surrounding of the metropolitan area of Vienna in a European way. Also a lot of other planning actions try to encourage people for participation, give them chances to participate, and take their co-operation politically seriously.
For that reason the relations between the city council and the citizens and the participatory right must be improved and democracy must be developed. Also the city council of Vienna aims at the target of the use of new technologies for a better communication between themselves and the citizens.
These new knowledge and challenges are focused at CORP 2002. We are all planning Europe. Only with the commitment of all, the aims of a mutual thinking and acting can become reality – and CORP makes a major contribution.
14-16 February 2001, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
International Planning & Geo-Multimedia
Information and communication technologies in and for spatial planning are the main focus of CORP 2001. “Border Crossing” is the kewqord of the event and should not be understood only in spatial, but also in professional and organisational terms. The lead questions are:
Cross-border co-operation, the use of GIS in spatial and urban planning and web-based methods like web mapping and geo-multimedia ar the main fields of CORP 2001.
16-18 February 2000, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
State of the art and Perspectives of Planning
CORP 2000 emphasises information technologies in and around spatial planning. The topics of previous CORPs like
are going to characterise also this year’s symposion.
The growing use of the web, geographic information systems and visualisation and multi-media techniques concentrate as “new technologies” in the central focus of spatial planning. From this awareness a new major topic arises for CORP 2000: State of the art and Perspectives of Planning. The submitted papers show new approaches to information technology. Interactive GIS applications, web-based citizen information and participation, traffic telematics, “GeoInfo Austria” and computer-aided efficiency control in spatial planning are only a little amount of manifold contributions.
10-12 February 1999, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Meeting Place for Planners
The aim of CORP 1999 is to act as a kind of communication background for different keyplayers of planning. This means not only the exchange among planners, but also communication between planning and research, private companies, public administration and universites.
Thus, CORP 1999 deals with these major topics:
11-13 February 1998, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Nothing is working without the internet
Also this year’s topics and participants are manifold and varied. The world wide web as central media of communication and exchanve is one of the major themes of CORP 1998. The focuses can be summed up as follows:
12-14 February 1997, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
CORP 1997 deals with the active use of new technologies as well as with the influence of technological changes on the fields of spatial planning. The presentations of CORP 1997 deal with these major topics:
14-16 February 1996, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
First symposion on computer-aided spatial planning
The first CORP in 1996 takes place on the background of the enormous interest from almost all fields of planning to exchange knowledge regarding possibilities and experience with new, computer-aided tools. Therefore, we organised a symposion in the hope to meet these expectations.
The main topics of the first CORP were: