International Conference, 07.11.2017, 9am-9pm | Stadtwerkstatt, Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 11, Berlin
Registration / Research project 

Exploring challenges and opportunities of openness and its implications for theories, perspectives and instruments of the Open City

The OPEN CITY FORUM critically examines the principles of openness and how they can be translated into urban space and practice. The public event connects researchers, academics, professionals, experts as well as decision makers of municipalities and the civil society. We seek to explore innovative methods and tools, integrating existing disciplinary concepts and theoretical approaches of openness towards new perspectives and instruments for the sustainable transformation and development of urban areas.

The OPEN CITY FORUM is part of “OFFENE STADT: Theorien, Perspektiven, Instrumente” – a joint inter- and transdisciplinary research project by TU Braunschweig, TU Dortmund and the German Institute of Urban Affairs, in cooperation with the Senate of the City of Berlin and supported by a renowned advisory board, and funded by the Robert Bosch Foundation.

The OPEN CITY FORUM is a contribution to the sixth international symposium of the annual ISU Talks. 

Openness is at the center of current societal debates when issues of belonging, security and resource distribution are being negotiated. In the light of insecurity and uncertainty regarding future developments, current societal debates point towards new lines of conflict regarding „openness“ and „closure“ within urban areas. Open City is a challenging concept and an opportunity. The OPEN CITY FORUM critically examines the principles of openness and how they can be translated into urban space and practice.

The exploration of such new perspectives and approaches considering openness in urban development is crucial as the speed of societal changes, urban growth and deteriorating environmental conditions increases. Can the concept of openness provide designers, planners, decision makers and citizens’ new strategies to counter multiple uncertainties in the process of urban development, without irrevocably obstructing future possibilities?

Lectures by:

– Dr. Tali Hatuka (Head of Laboratory for Contemporary Urban Design (LCUD))
– Prof. Edgar Pieterse (South African research chair in Urban Policy & Director of ACC)
– Prof.Dr. Harald Welzer (Director of FUTURZWEI. Stiftung Zukunftsfähigkeit)

Further guests:

– Prof.Dr. Dirk Konietzka (Institute of Social Sciences, TU Braunschweig)
– Prof.Dr. Tatjana Schneider (Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture and the City, Tu Braunschweig)
– Prof.Dr. Eckart Voigt (Institute of English and American Studies, TU Braunschweig)
– Prof. Jochen Rabe (Urban Resilience and Digitalization, TU Berlin)

The OPEN RESEARCH FORUM is a platform for exchange and development of innovative methods and tools, integrating existing disciplinary concepts and theoretical approaches of openness towards new perspectives and instruments for the sustainable transformation and development of urban areas.

20 selected scientists from various disciplines present their research and discuss together with the research group, invited experts of the research cluster FUTURE CITY (TU Braunschweig) and the wider public.

Program:

09:00am – 09:00pm     Open Researcher Floor
Poster presentations, Exhibition, Networking

09:00am – 04:00pm Open Researcher Forum 
Lightning Rounds and moderated workshops
with guests: Prof.Dr. Dirk Konietzka, Prof.Dr. Tatjana Schneider and Prof.Dr. Eckart Voigts, research group Offene Stadt and 20 invited international scientists

05:00pm – 09:30pm Open City Symposium
Lectures and podium discussion
with: Dr. Tali Hatuka, Prof. Edgar A. Pieterse and Prof.Dr. Harald Welzer

Details and Registration:
offene-stadt.org/forum_2018

>> DOWNLOAD THE PROGRAM (PDF)

We look forward to seeing you there!

Sincerely,

The ISU with Offene Stadt research group:
Institute for Sustainable Urbanism ISU, TU Braunschschweig, German Institute of Urban Affairs (Difu); Department of Urban and Regional Planning, TU Dortmund and Institute of Geoecology, TU Braunschweig.