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REAL CORP 2021

CITIES 20.50 – CREATING HABITATS FOR THE 3RD MILLENNIUM
SMART – SUSTAINABLE – CLIMATE NEUTRAL

26th International Conference on Urban Planning
and Regional Development in the Information Society

25 YEARS of REAL CORP (since 1996)
 

Urbanisation of the world is progressing rapidly and seems to be an unstoppable process. According to current forecasts, more than 6 billion people will live in cities in 2050. Compared to 1950, this is almost a tenfold increase in 100 years, resulting from global population growth and the continuing influx of people into urban areas. As a rule, population growth also means additional land requirements. Urban growth often takes place across administrative borders, cities grow into their surrounding areas, (cross-border) urban and metropolitan regions emerge and also influence the development of rural areas, where in turn numerous initiatives for independent sustainable development emerge.

This dynamic development is accompanied by enormous challenges for the organisation and maintenance of urban processes, particularly in the areas of technical and social infrastructure, affordable housing, mobility, recreation, security of supply, etc. Sustainability, resilience and smartness are essential characteristics of cities and regions and are often compared by means of benchmarks. The key question is how quality of life can be maintained and improved in the face of dynamic development of living space.

Even though the world is currently under the spell of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is clear that climate and environmental issues will be decisive for urban development in the coming decades. Climate adaptation strategies will play a central role, because especially in cities, high density, increasing land sealing, lack of greenery and inadequate ventilation increasingly lead to the formation of urban heat islands and the problem of urban overheating.

How can urban and spatial planning and all related disciplines contribute to maintaining urban flows, functioning infrastructure and preserving and improving the quality of life? How can urban and rural living spaces actively cross-fertilise each other's development?

REAL CORP invites for contributions from all areas of expertise to gain a holistic and multi-faceted view on challenges and future scenarios in the urban realm. Next to science-based contributions we also welcome practise-based reports on short term actions and/or long-term strategies on urban and regional development.

We will reflect on the global COVID crisis in a special track, asking for contributions dealing with human well-being, public health, green as critical infrastructure and the role of planning and mitigating strategies during and after the pandemic.

Here are the main topics REAL CORP 2021 is going to deal with:

  • Approaching the Big Challenges
    • Climate Adaption and Mitigation
    • Environmental Challenges (reducing emissions, clean environment, biodiversity),
    • Emergencies, Disasters, Epidemics – living, human well being, (home office) working environments, learning, relaxing, socialising, social isolation, green and blue as critical infrastructures
    • Resources (water, energy, clean air, ...)
    • Agriculture, Food Security, Food Governance and Urban Food Systems
    • Welfare; Social Justice; Environmental Justice; Spatial Justice
    • Safety and Security
    • Innovation and Competitiveness
  • Urban Lifestyles
    • Living and working environments
    • recreation, learning and cultural experiences
    • Cities for everyone: diversity, equity, inclusion
  • Real Estate Development and Settlement Patterns (affordable, mixed, resource-optimised)
    • affordable housing
    • mixed urban structures
    • insane real estate prices versus underused office space and residential buildings
  • Transportation and Mobility (multi-modal, climate neutral, resource-efficient)
  • Energy (Extraction, Consumption, Distribution/Storage, Management)
  • Public Space, Blue-Green Infrastructure
  • Technological Innovation and its Impact on Cities (5G, IoT, blockchain, digital twin, AI, VR, 3D printing, robots, BIM, gaming, …)
  • Post-Carbon Economy, Ecologisation of Economy and Society
  • Social Innovation (circular economy, sharing, co-working, co-creation, real labs, common good economy, ...)

For all those topics REAL CORP 2021 asks especially about

  • The role of urban planning and related disciplines
  • Digitisation and technological innovation
  • Short term measures, long range perspectives

Special featured sessions will be organised on

  • Planning Methods, Processes, Tools: governance, participatory planning, formal and informal planning instruments
  • ICT in and for Urban Planning: information systems, decision support systems, simulation tools, scenario building, online participation, data sources
  • Affordable Housing
  • Innovations in Mobility
  • Integrated Spatial and Energy Planning
  • Emergencies, Disasters and Epidemics: preparation, response and urban planning