Planning inclusive spaces: An inter- and trans-disciplinary approach

AESOP Young Academics Conference at Technische Universität Darmstadt, April 2nd – 5th 2019


Hosted by the Graduate School of Urban Studies (URBANgrad) at the Technische Universität Darmstadt. Register now!

Planning, as a young discipline, is trying to create a unity of intellectual frameworks to understand and enhance the creation of cities. This discussion is particularly important when planning inclusive spaces. Inclusion is a multifaceted concept with its various spatial, social, and economic factors. The aim of the conference is therefore to bring different perspectives to the discussion by critically examining the knowledge upon which what we call planning is formed. We invite researchers and practitioners dealing with public space and inclusivity, health-promoting designs, governance and resilient urban strategies. Attention is paid to how these processes are interdisciplinary conceptualized and in which ways planning responses are promote inclusivity. Understanding the ways by which inhabitants of the city—as critical participants—provide unprecedented and innovative urban paradigms is equally crucial to this notion of inclusive urban space. The intrinsic links, conflicts and power relations between all actors through social, professional, and political processes and their interplay within the physical dimensions of the city must be well understood and worked on.

We hope to offer the participants new insights by bridging the limitations of a single discipline; directing the debate towards an exploration of the countless opportunities but also challenges of inter- and transdisciplinary thinking.

The conference is a four-day event consisting of keynote talks parallel sessions for young academics to present their research, two parallel workshops and a field trip. In the parallel sessions participants will benefit from the insight of a track chair that is renowned in his/her field, and the feedback of a discussant.

The tracks are:

‘Public space’ and the dilemma of inclusion
Chair (Keynote): Prof. Dr. Astrid Ley
Co-chair: Dr.-Ing. Anshika Suri

Health promoting urban planning and design
Chair (Keynote): Prof. Dr. Adriana Allen
Co-chair: t.b.a.

Citizenship and governance in the production of space
Chair (Keynote): Prof. Dr. Roger Keil
Co-chair: Dr.-Ing. Nebojša Camprag

From sustainable to resilient urban strategies
Chair (Keynote): Prof. Dr. Benjamin Davy
Co-chair: Dr.-Ing. Simon Gehrmann

The conference is free of charge to members of the AESOP YA Network (registration for the network is free on the AESOP website If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the conference organizers at

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The AESOP Young Academics Network is a loosely structured branch of AESOP, which encourages the active participation and exchange of academic work. From PhD students to Post-docs and those starting out in academic positions, the YA Network provides a platform through which the academic leaders of tomorrow can share ideas in an open and inclusive environment, challenging and supporting one another in the attainment of superior academic output.