Colloquium on Planning and Design for Adaptable Cities and Neighbourhoods



Cities and neighbourhoods are by their nature complex systems which change and adapt over time as a result of both top-down interventions and unpredictable, bottom-up, emergent processes of transformation. In the last several years advanced models have been elaborated to better understand and analyse this phenomena. However, implications on how to plan and design the development of cities and neighbourhoods for uncertain futures, including the concepts of flexibility and spontaneity, are still at their infancy and need to be expanded. Moreover, even though awareness on the relevance of this topic is now spreading within planners and designers communities, it has hardly penetrated into ordinary practices and theories.

With this colloquium series, the ILS wants to explore and search suitable strategies on how to plan and design cities and neighbourhoods to make them more adaptable and responsive to unpredictable changes.

Aiming at enriching the dialogue and discussion on adaptable cities and neighbourhoods, the colloquium will invite preeminent international scholars and researchers from this field of study.

Participation is free of charge. Registration is not required.

Organized by

Dr. Stefano Cozzolino and Prof. Dr. Jan Polivka


Talk 1: Towards Adaptive Cities? Reflections on the case of Hanoi (Vietnam) (8 October 2019)

Talk 2: Impact of the sharing economy on local housing markets (29 October 2019)

Talk 3: Adapt or Perish: the need for complexity-sensitive planning (26 November 2019)

Talk 4: The just city. Three background issues: Institutional justice and spatial justice, social justice and distributive justice, concept of justice and conceptions of justice (25 Februar 2020)