Spatial Development 3.0 – Shaping the Future of Spatial PlanningTogether
The ARL Young Professionals‘ Forum met in Hannover from 6th to 8th June 2012 to discuss „Spatial development 3.0 – Shaping the future of spatial planning together“. The goal was to illustrate perspectives for the future of spatial planning.
The background for the thematic focus of the annual conference is that digital social networks and the many other forms of interaction on the internet are increasingly affecting spatial development. The new possibilities for information, communication and participation are changing people’s behaviour and thus also significantly are impacting spatial development in all its multidimensionality.
The consequences of the new information and communication technologies are, however, only one of many current and foreseeable challenges that will affect spatial planning and development. Therefore the focus is not only on New Media but rather on the future of spatial development and planning itself and on the possibilities of helping shape that future.
The starting point for the papers in this volume are the following central questions:
– What are the challenges and opportunities that spatial planning will face in the future? What trends are provoking planners to implement unusual approaches and develop unconventional solutions?
– Which (normative) spatial planning concepts are suitable, firstly, to satisfy current requirements and, secondly, to cope with future challenges? How should and could processes of spatial planning be designed in the future in order to manage the challenges at hand?
– Why plan at all? What is the purpose of spatial planning? Which guiding visions and planning maxims should and can spatial planning follow?
These questions formed the focus of exchanges at the conference of the Young Professionals‘ Forum in Hannover, and participants grappled with them both in presentations and in the discussions that followed. The findings of the conference are contained in the papers of this publication.