2021 Conference - Urban Transformation: Resources

The Call for Papers, Projects and Interventions is intended for researchers, graduates and students from various disciplines, as well as actors and initiatives in applied fields of work, who deal with resources in growing cities and wish to contribute their expertise to the analysis and sustainable development of cities and metropolitan regions.

Call for Papers, Projects and Interventions

Urban Transformation: Resources

Conference Series Urban Transformation: Housing | Resources | Public Spaces
03/03/2021–05/03/2021, University of Applied Sciences Munich, Lothstraße 64, 80335 Munich

The conference series “Urban Transformation: Housing | Resources | Public Spaces” creates a platform for a critical appraisal of current issues and perspectives in the development of the metropolitan regions of Munich, Vienna and Zurich.

The second in this series of conferences will take place in Munich in March 2021 and will focus on the topic of resources, examining the four thematic tracks of TIME, SPACE, ENERGY, MATERIALS from technical, ecological, political and social perspectives.

Held in Vienna during November 2019, the first event addressed the issue of housing.

Public spaces will be the topic of the final conference held 2021 in Zurich.

Key topics

In its 2016 flagship report “Humanity on the Move”, the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WGBU) identified time as one of three “master builders of cities”, in addition to power and hardship. TIME, as a scarce and non-reproducible resource, plays a vital role in the necessary transformation towards sustainability (WBGU 2011). This is particularly apparent in metropolitan regions when considering the issues of climate protection, the provision of housing and preparation for demographic change. How can the necessary transitions be designed such as to preserve democratic participation in urban development, despite the scarcity of time in an accelerated world (Rosa 2012)? The time available to each person places limits on the general resource time, despite its even distribution – each person has 24 hours, every day. From a societal perspective, our modern age has assumed an endless availability of time (each generation is given new time). But the ongoing debate of climate change has undermined this perception of seemingly inexhaustible reserves of time. A sense of urgency has emerged, accompanied by perplexity as to how to manage the pressing challenges.

This Call invites the submission of contributions that address TIME as a resource in metropolitan regions and, for instance, ask questions about:

  • Acceleration and resource consumption
  • Planning under time pressure vs. claims to participation
  • Paradoxical responses to time pressure in the climate debate
  • The time regime of efficiency (growth, acceleration) vs. the time regime of sufficiency (post-growth, resonance)

SPACE is a precious and now fiercely contested resource in metropolitan regions. While more rural regions have sufficient areas for housing, work, leisure pursuits, culture, sport, transport, industry and trade, the living space in cities is becoming increasingly scarce due to the persistent influx of new residents. Concepts aimed at densification, improved and multiple utilisation and the distribution and management of space are in demand and have been promoted noticeably for some time. The thematic track of SPACE as a resource seeks to embrace these concepts, without neglecting the causes and long-term implications of space requirements in metropolitan regions.

Possible contributions in this thematic track will explore the following issues:

  • Parks and parking – free space and land usage
  • Shared spaces – work, housing, leisure and transport
  • Cities and surrounding areas – supply and infrastructure
  • Meeting spaces – identity and appropriation

In future, housing, everyday life, work and mobility must no longer lead to the release of climate-damaging gases – neither locally nor through energy production using fossil fuels and transport over extended distances. The thematic track of ENERGY investigates how energy requirements can be reduced for all life functions and which opportunities exist for the green production, distribution and use of energy. It focuses on sustainable solutions for energy systems in urban spaces: concepts for building design and the use of renewable energies at the building and neighbourhood level, as well as the establishment of smart grids that combine housing with mobility.

Possible contributions in this thematic track will explore the following issues:

  • Urban energy balance – needs and potential
  • Efficient buildings and neighbourhoods – construction, maintenance and management
  • User behaviour – sufficiency and smart cities
  • Regenerative energies – sources, storage and grids
  • Urban energy transition – heat, power, mobility

How do we want to deal with materials in urban environments in the future?

This question covers the entire area of material management. Processes in urban life must encompass complete recycling and not come to an end once a material has been used.

Here, the aim within the construction sector is to create a completely closed loop for building materials: cradle to cradle, urban mining. This focuses on resource-saving, sustainable and dismantlable construction, as well as on the use of reusable and recycled building materials. One of the key aims is to preserve our current building stock.

We approach the use of commodities and consumables in a similar way: extension of service life, reduction in volumes (especially pollutants) and keeping recyclable materials with equal value in the loop.

As a society, how can we create our own incentives for sustainable consumption?

Possible contributions in this thematic track will explore the following issues:

  • Life-cycle – repair, service life and adaptability
  • Urban mining – cities as material warehouses – circular economy – local production and recycling systems
  • Preserving value – transformation without loss
  • Maintaining the building stock, sustainable construction

Submission

The period for submitting contributions is over. Many thanks to all submitters for the interesting contributions.

You will be notified of the acceptance of the contributions in mid-April 2020.

Here you can download the template to revise your abstracts.

The full conference programme will be published in October. Registration will open at the same time.

Target group and proceedings

The Call for Papers, Projects and Interventions is intended for researchers, graduates and students from various disciplines, as well as actors and initiatives in applied fields of work.

During the conference, selected participants will present their contributions in conference panels, workshops, poster sessions and excursions or urban interventions.

All submissions will be peer reviewed by the Scientific Committee and associated experts. The contributions accepted by the jury will be published in the conference’s Book of Abstracts. For selected papers presented at the conference that are particularly worthy of publication, the Scientific Committee will advocate further, relevant and free publication possibilities.

 

Researchers are requested to submit an abstract of 400 to 600 words (no more than zwo DIN A4 pages) and assign it to one of the four thematic tracks. Abstracts for scientific contributions should briefly outline the research question and methodological approach, as well as key findings and conclusions. Contributions can be submitted in German or English.

The abstracts (including contact details) must be submitted here by 29 February 2020. An interdisciplinary jury will be decided on the selection of entries. The submitters will be notified of the results of the selection process by mid-April 2020. They may be encouraged to revise their submission before its inclusion in the Book of Abstracts.

Project presenters are asked to submit an abstract of 400 to 600 words (no more than two DIN A4 pages) and to assign it to one of the four thematic tracks. Abstracts for project contributions should briefly outline the concept, innovative aspects, methods of implementation, sustainable effects of the project as well as findings and challenges. Contributions can be submitted in German or English.

The abstracts (including contact details) must be submitted here by 29 February 2020. An interdisciplinary jury will be decided on the selection of entries. The submitters will be notified of the results of the selection process by mid-April 2020.

Project and initiative teams are also invited to present innovative projects in the form of excursions/interventions in Munich. Interested parties are asked to submit an abstract of 400 to 600 words (no more than two DIN A4 pages) and to assign it to one of the four thematic tracks. Abstracts for excursions/interventions should briefly outline the concept, innovative aspects, methods of implementation, sustainable effects of the project as well as findings and challenges. Contributions can be submitted in German or English.

The abstracts (including contact details) must be submitted here by 29 February 2020. An interdisciplinary jury will be decided on the selection of entries. The submitters will be notified of the results of the selection process by mid-April 2020.

Martin Aichholzer, Department Building and Design, FH Campus Wien University of Applied Sciences
Gerald Beck, Department of Applied Social Science, Munich University of Applied Sciences
Oliver Bohlen, Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Munich University of Applied Sciences
Vicente Carabias-Hütter, School of Engineering, Institute of Sustainable Development, ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences
Marc Diebäcker, Department of Social Work, FH Campus Wien University of Applied Sciences
Peter Jenni, School of Architecture, Design and Civil Engineering, Institute Urban Landscape, ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences
Andrea Kustermann, Department of Civil Engineering, Munich University of Applied Sciences
Silke Langenberg, Department of Architecture, Munich University of Applied Sciences (lead)
Robert Meier-Staude, Department of Engineering and Management, Munich University of Applied Sciences
Christian Schweigler, Department of Building Services Engineering, Munich University of Applied Sciences
Christoph Stoik, Department of Social Work, FH Campus Wien University of Applied Sciences
Markus Wellenzohn, Department of Engineering, FH Campus Wien University of Applied Sciences

 

Language and Costs

Talks and contributions to the conference can be given in English or German. The conference languages in plenary session are also German and English.

The conference fee is significantly reduced for speakers who present their paper during the conference. The reduced conference fee is €140.00 (€50.00 for students). The organisers do not cover the costs of travel and accommodation for speakers.

Further Information

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