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Thematic Group of AESOP, Planning and Complexity - Program of the 11th meeting (Aveiro, 2nd & 3rd of May)

Domingo, 28.04.13

Program of the 11th meeting

2nd & 3rd of May 2013

University of Aveiro, Department of Social, Political and Territorial Sciences

(venue: Senate Room / Sala do Senado)

Thursday, the 2nd of May:

14.00 h Welcome by Paulo Silva (chair organizing committee)

14.10 h Opening speech

14.30 h 1st set of papers

Ulysses Sengupta, Eric Cheung

Incorporating Informal Patterns: New Computational Approaches aimed at Integration of Socio-Spatial and Temporal Aspects of Self Organisation in Mumbai, within Future Co-ordinated Planning Strategies

Jenni Partanen

Empirical Indicators for Self-Organisation

Jorge Batista e Silva, José Antunes Ferreira

Intelligent cities and intelligent plans: how to foster self-organisation?

16.00 h coffee break

16.30 h 2nd set of papers

Beitske Boonstra

Co-housing as self-organisation in spatial development: mapping the trajectories of becoming of four Danish co-housing initiatives

Ward Rauws, Gert de Roo

Cohousing, self-organization in Dutch urban planning practice?

José Carlos Mota

The added value of city civic movements in local spatial planning policies: Discussing the case of Aveiro, Portugal

Oswald Devisch, Oscar Rommens, Joris Van Reusel

Towards a culture of urban improvisation – reconstructions of the interplay of private and public initiatives in spatial transformation processes

18.30 h Closing

Friday, the 3rd of May:

09.00 h 3rd set of papers

Sara Levy, Karel Martens, Rob van der Heijden

Networks, Markets and Hierarchies: how different governance modes organize urban development

Matthias Loepfe, Christina Zweifel, Lineo Devechi

On emergence and power of strategies: exploring the relations between strategic planning and urban development in Switzerland

Helena Farrall, Lia Vasconcelos

Planning for Urban Panarchy or Panarchy in Urban Planning?

10.30 h coffee break

11.00 h Keynote

Keynote speaker prof. Francis Heylighen 

12.30 h lunch break

13.30 h 4th set of presentations

Sharon Ackerman

Applying principles from Complex Adaptive Systems theory towards urban planning strategies: A test case that replaces the design of urban objects with the choreography of urban processes.

Paulo Silva

Spatial planning systems: emergence and co-evolution involving illegal settlers, institutional, planning and spatial design

Sara Levy, Karel Martens, Rob van der Heijden

Just a little patience: an agent-based model of the effect of a planning institution on residential patterns

Kyunghyun Baek

Urban Design as a multi-actors involved incremental process: a complex theories (self-organisation) perspective

15.30 h Closing session and drinks


more information: Paulo Silva (

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Self-organization and spatial planning: in-depth analysis (2-3 May 2013, Aveiro)

Terça-feira, 22.01.13


Self-organization and spatial planning: in-depth analysis

Call for papers – 11th meeting AESOP’s thematic group on Complexity & Planning

2-3 May 2013, Aveiro, Portugal

The spatial development of for example neighborhoods, cities and urban regions is increasingly understood as a dynamic process progressing in a non-linear way. These areas can been seen as dynamic spatial systems that continuously transform due to internal drivers (e.g. local innovations, initiatives and collaborations) and external drivers (e.g. technological, demographic and economic trends). Complexity scholars argue self-organization plays a crucial role in these transformations.

Self-organization is a process that gives rise to new structures, patterns and organizations emerging from the interaction between elements or actors while external coordination is absent. It is understood as a collective process through which a system tries to reach the best possible ‘fit’ with its environment. Considering self-organization to be an important driver behind spatial change, planners are challenged to gain more insights in why self-organization in the context of planning systems emerges, how these processes evolve, and what the implications are for planners and policy makers.     

This call is a follow-up on the 9th meeting  of AESOP’s thematic group on Complexity & Planning on the theme ‘self-organization and spatial planning’. This event was held in April 2011 in Istanbul. Continuing our discussion during the upcoming event, particular attention is asked for:

  • The relation between the concept of self-organization and closely related concepts such as autopoiesis, adaptive capacity and coevolution.
  • The various types of feedback and feed-forward loops together feeding processes of self-organization in a spatial context.
  • The implications for governance of space and place, and how planners might need to adjust their spatial strategies, professional attitudes and cooperation with other actors in response to processes of self-organization.

Important information & dates:

  • A full paper is required
  • Make sure the paper is not only conceptual but includes empirical data as well
  • The paper is requested to meet the guidelines of Town Planning Review
  • Deadline submission abstracts: January, 28th, 2013
  • Acceptance of abstract: February, 15th, 2013
  • Deadline full paper: April, 15th, 2013

Abstracts can be submitted my email:


Hosting department

The University of Aveiro (, created in 1973, is part of a generation of public universities conceived to decentralize university teaching in Portugal.

Its Department of Social, Political and Territorial Sciences (DCSPT) will host the event.  The DCSPT offers a diversity of courses, including a graduation on Public Administration, and master programs on Regional and Urban Planning ( ), Public Management and Administration and Political Science. A PhD program on Public Policies is under preparation. 

The master of Regional and Urban Planning’s teaching staff is composed by a multidisciplinary group, most of them members of the Research Unit GOVCOPP – Governance, Competitiveness and Public Policies, rated with “excellent” by FCT (the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology).  

Being the first Portuguese university offering a graduation on Regional and Urban Planning in 1983, the UA is a founding member of AESOP. In 1998 hosted the XII AESOP Conference and is currently one of the Portuguese schools with a seat at AESOP’s Council of Representatives. The 11th meeting of AESOP’s thematic group on Complexity & Planning will coincide with the year of the celebration of the 30th anniversary of Regional and Urban Planning teaching in Aveiro.

For more information about the 11th meeting of AESOP’s thematic group on Complexity & Planning and for abstract and full paper submissions, please don’t hesitate to contact:

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