Adaptable Cities and Neighbourhoods

Tuesday, 26th of November 2019, 5 pm to 7 pm

ILS Colloquium Series on Planning and Design for Adaptable Cities and Neighborhoods

Adaptable Cities and Neighbourhoods

Guest speaker: Dr. Ward Rauws, University of Groningen

Cities and urban regions across the globe face a series of pressures and challenges, of which many come with uncertainties. These uncertainties are complicating urban planning and policy making as developing productive interventions that establish desired outcomes becomes an arduous undertaking. Uncertainties are hard to avoid, as they affect key dimensions of decision making; they can be a consequence of limited knowledge about the phenomena planners aim to deal with, arise from the ambiguity in how actors perceive certain problems and possible solutions, and can be the result of cascading effects in which changes at one place and moment in time trigger a series of changes elsewhere and at later moments. 

Ward Rauws is Assistant Professor at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, and coordinator of the AESOP Planning and complexity group. His research interests include, among others, urban and peri-urban transformations, urban planning and governance, local initiatives and active citizenship, and self-organization and complexity science. With the talk "Adapt or Perish: the need for complexity-sensitive planning" Ward Rauws will present some of his most relevant and recent scientific achievements.