Spatial Planning and Research in Europe 1945–1975, ARL Academy for Territorial Development, Berlin, 06.10.2022 – 07.10.2022

Spatial planning is typically European in its attempt to shape the development of societies by ordering their territories. It emerged in the 19th century: from colonial settlement plans and conquest projects, urban reform and conservative or even fascist fantasies of order. Bearing this legacy and further burdened by the Soviet planned economy, spatial planning entered a new epoch after 1945. Since then, the attempt has been to find a role for spatial planning in the reconstruction of Europe, along the path into modern society, mass democracy and mass prosperity. Therefore, parallel to social changes between 1945 and 1975, reform of spatial planning began from Spain to Germany and from the Netherlands to Italy.

At the conference, the history of spatial planning will be discussed under four main aspects with the participation of numerous renowned experts from all over Europe.

1) What was the influence of spatial planning in endeavours to cope with the extensive war damage after the end of the Second World War and how was its often-burdened legacy dealt with?

2) To what extent did spatial planning contribute to overcoming the new challenges brought about by the postwar boom and the development of modern mass democracies, especially in Western Europe?

3) How did European integration and the Iron Curtain affect the theories, methods and practice of spatial planning, especially since the 1950s?

4) What is today’s legacy of the three decades of post-1945 spatial planning? How do we deal with failures and achievements, and can we identify role models and directions for action for the future?

The conference language is English.


Thursday, 6 October 2022

12:00 noon Lunch buffet

01:00pm Opening session of the conference
– Sabine Baumgart (President of the ARL – Academy for Territorial Development in the Leibniz Association)
– Petra Wesseler (President of the German Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning (BBR))
– Markus Eltges (Head of the German Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR))
Scientific introduction: Detlef Briesen and Wendelin Strubelt

01:45 pm Coffee break

Panel 1: The years of reconstruction 1945 to 1960

02:00 pm Keynote lectures on …
– Spain (Joaquín Farinós Dasí, Universitat de València)
– Austria (Gerhard Schimak, University of Technology Vienna)
– Federal Republic of Germany (Detlef Briesen, Justus-Liebig-University Gießen)
Moderation: NN

03:30pm Coffee break

04:00pm Keynote lectures on …
– France (Guy Baudelle, Université Rennes II, Jean Peyrony, Transfrontier Operational Mission, Paris)
– Poland (Grzegorz Gorzelak, University of Warsaw)
– The Netherlands (Len de Klerk, University of Amsterdam)
– German Democratic Republic (Wendelin Strubelt)
Moderation: Andreas Klee (ARL)

06:00pm End of day one

07:30pm Evening programme: Berlin Buffet
Intercity Hotel am Hauptbahnhof
Katharina-Paulus-Straße 5
10557 Berlin

Friday, 7 October 2022

Panel 2: The age of progress 1960 to 1975

09:00am Keynote lectures on…
– Switzerland (Martina Koll-Schretzenmayr, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich)
– France (Frédéric Santamaria, Université Grenoble Alpes)
– Italy (Maria Prezioso, Tor Vergata University of Rome)
– Barcelona (Andreu Ulied, Multicriteria Planning, Barcelona)
– Luxembourg (Markus Hesse, University of Luxembourg)
Moderation: Heinz Faßmann (Austrian Academy of Sciences)

10:45am Coffee break

Panel 3: The beginning of the spatial integration of Europe

11:15am Keynote lectures by …
– Peter Ache (Radboud University Nijmegen)
– Klaus R. Kunzmann (Potsdam/Templin)
– Kai Böhme (Spatial Foresight, Heisdorf (Luxembourg))
– Karl Peter Schön
Moderation: Jörg Knieling (HafenCity University Hamburg)

01:00pm Lunch

Panel 4: 1945/1975 – Balances and perspectives

02:00pm Keynote lectures by …
– Andreas Faludi (Delft University of Technology)
– Roberto Camagni (Politecnico di Milano)
– Patsy Healey (Newcastle University)
Moderation: Klaus R. Kunzmann (Potsdam/Templin)

03:30pm Summary and outlook
Detlef Briesen and Wendelin Strubelt

04:00pm End of the conference


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