Saturday, 28 January 2017

Conference - Modern Methods and Tools for Public Participation in Urban Planning

Modern Methods and Tools for Public Participation in Urban Planning
Poznań – Obrzycko (Poland)
June 22-24, 2017


Association for Spatial Planning (Poland)
Metropolitan Research Center, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań
Institute of Geoecology and Geoinformation, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań

Symposium Goal

Researchers and practitioners of urban planning have had a variable interest in developing and applying methods of public participation since the 1970s, when the rational model of planning started  to  be  criticized  as  technocratic,  top-down,  and  separated  from  communities. The interest in methods accelerated in the mid-1990s, accompanied by the developments in public participation geographic information systems (PPGIS) and participatory GIS (PGIS). The arrival of Web2  in  2000s  and  improvements  in  geographic  information  technologies  resulted  in  the proliferation of geographically related  tools and  Web services (Geoweb) for individuals and groups. Developments in P/PGIS, volunteered geographic information (VGI), and Geoweb have been recently paralleled by the growth of holistic approach to public participation in urban planning exemplified by Geodesign –  a process relying on geographic digital methods and tools for  integrating  analysis,  evaluation,  design  and  public  involvement  in  urban  and  regional planning. Despite  much  interest  in  participatory  methods  rooted  in  mapping  and  visualization  of geographical data,  there has not been a gathering of scholars in P/PGIS, VGI, Geoweb, and Geodesign  sharing  their  research  and  learning  from  one  another.  The  symposium  Modern Methods and Tools for Public Participation in Urban Planning 2017  will offer an opportunity for scholars  to  critically  discuss  methodological  underpinnings  of  geographically-explicit participatory  methods  in  urban  planning  and  share  their  experiences  with  applications  in realistic planning settings. The format of the symposium with fewer papers than at many larger conferences will provide an ample time for meaningful discussion and offer an opportunity to foster future research collaborations.


Conference Office: Magdalena Karczewicz, e-mail:

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