Review of the Conference Urbanes Land N°1, 26.09.2019 at HfG Ulm
A large segment of Europe’s population lives outside traditional urban cores in small and medium-sized cities, suburban agglomerations, or the fringes of metropolitan areas. They cover large areas, are home to millions of people and full of economic development. In the urban land, infrastructures, agriculture and production, businesses and housing merge in a fascinatingly operational, albeit fragmented landscape. To date it falls short of its potentials and does not receive the attention it deserves.
The first Conference Urbanes Land investigated on how to shape the future of urbanized territories across municipal boundaries. The conference provided a platform for the exchange of policy makers, urban planners, business leaders, academics and community groups. Speakers came from a wide range of disciplines. Together we explored how new governance and finance models can work across municipal boundaries, support joint action and lead to sustainable societies.
URBANIZED TERRITORIES AS ADDITIONAL STRUCTURAL OPPORTUNITY FOR TRANSITION?
An introduction to the topic by Prof. Ute Meyer, urbanes.land, Hochschule Biberach
Discussing urban development in Europe, at the bottom of it is still an understanding that the urban and the rural realms are two distinct realms and can be treated accordingly. Europe has more or less effective and reasonable planning authorities, laws and guidelines, still the dichotomies of urban and rural has yet to be overcome. This certainly applies to Germany, but can no doubt be expanded to many European countries alike.
5th Studio, Cambridge London
With a keynote on recommendations to maximize the potential of the Cam- bridge – Oxford corridor. The projects bundles existing institutions in a de- tectable knowledge intensive cluster that competes on global scale – whilst protecting the area’s environment and securing homes and jobs.
Studio Vigano, Milan/Brussels
With a keynote on the studio’s under- standing of the Horizontal Metropolis, as a model for sustainable develop- ment. She will talk about the model of closely interlinked, rural/urban realms, communication, transport and economic systems.
Transsolar, Stuttgart/Munich/New York/Paris
With a keynote on the creative powers of climate engineering. He will sketch out the idea of the Connected City in which the urban and the rural merge. The Oberbillwerder Masterplan by Transsolar exemplifies numerous closed loops (re- gional, energy, re-use, landscape,…).
Institute for Regional Building and Urban Planning, Leibniz University Hannover
With a keynote on dynamic phenomena outside metropolitan cores. He explains how they can be illustrated to start de- bates about territorial futures or how observations can be instrumentalized to understand emerging creative and resi- lient habitat futures in a new way.
Regional Planning and Building in Rural Areas, KIT Karlsruhe
With a keynote on innovative potentials for new forms of mobility, living, work- ing and infrastructure outside urban cores. Her impulse reflects the options and results that have been collected in summer schools and research projects on remote areas.
LSE Cities, London
With a keynote on the key challenge of improving urban accessibility in global urbanisation. He will demonstrate why connecting urban design with transport and climate finance is an important element to foster the urban environmental transition.
Insitute for Traffic and Infrastructure Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences
With a keynote why mobility manage- ment is urban planning and how traffic systems and their management can be shaped to foster optimal accessibility in urbanised territories. He will point out levers he has detected in research and international education.
Network City and Landscape, ETH Zürich
With a keynote on analytical and car- tographical tools that help to decipher novel patterns of urbanisation. He will reflect urban profiles and qualities that challenge inherited conceptions of the urban and the ambiguity embedded in urban networks
Interboro Partners, New York
With a keynote on the Rebuild by de- sign competition and its results in Long Island. She will elaborate on the importance of always using infrastruc- tural interventions to improve the urban condition as a whole as well as the rela- tionship between strategic planning and local development.
Urban Futures Studio, Utrecht
With a keynote on her newest publication about Experimenting with cities. She will contextualize the panels impulses and explain, how ideas of different ac- tors can spread across institutions and scales inspiring future policy decisions.
LOOKING BEYOND CITIES RESEARCH – URBANES LAND AS FIELD OF INVESTIGATION?
An ad-hoc summary by Dr. Philipp Rode, Executive Director LSE Cities
I think an urbanist would possibly always argue that the “Urbanes Land” has limited urbanity. A leak maybe of complexity, a leak of diversity, a leak of anonymity, a leak of temporality publicness, the sharing of resources and ultimate provision of equitable access. But if that’s true or not, I think we need far more imperecle insights.
all speakers — Thomas Auer — André Bleicher — Isabel Finkenberger — Mario Flammann — Kerstin Gothe — Andreas Hofer — Tom Holbrook — Christoph Hupfer — Gerd Leipold — Leona Lynen — Dirk Neumann — Suzanne Potjer — Philipp Rode — Christian Schmid — Jörg Schröder —Georgeen Theodore — Paola Viganò — Alexander Wetzig
Transforming Peripheries Magazine
We continue gathering and sharing knowledge on urbanised territories in an online collaboration with topos, the international review of landscape architecture and urban design. The format supports our purpose to link public interest in manifold expressions of urban phenomena to new ways of professional reporting.
The Urban Land Conference is a project within InnoSÜD, a university network with the goal to enable a sustainable exchange between science, industry and society with innovative transfer formats. As part of the initiative Innovative Hochschule, the Universities of Applied Sciences Biberach and Neu-Ulm, the University of Technology Ulm and Ulm University have joined forces. The networks aim in the medium term is to create a dynamic innovation system whitch positions the Donau-Iller-Riß region as a link between the metropolitan regions of Stuttgart and Munich among Europe’s most competitive and innovative regions. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the federal states are funding the project over a period of five years.