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Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) Congress 2019

The annual conference was held 9 - 13 July at the University of Architecture in Venice

Every year, usually in July, AESOP holds its Annual Congress, hosted by one of the member universities. This year’s was held at the Università IUAV di Venezia (University of Architecture, Venice) from 9th to 13th July. Congresses are a wide platform of exchange in the fields of research, education and practice in planning. They usually run around 20 thematic tracks and host outstanding invited speakers.

Simin Davoudi, Ali Madanipour, Zan Gunn, Georgiana Varna, Paola Gazzola, Elizabeth Brooks, Gareth Fearn and Kathryn Collins all attended from the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape.

Ali Madanipour was the track chair of the workshops grouped under the theme of Urban Design for Multilevel Planning. Within this group, Georgiana Varna delivered her paper presentation, “Spaces for Knowledge or Places of Innovation? Analysing Contemporary University Campus Experience in the UK”.

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Above: Georgiana Varna delivering her presentation

Simin Davoudi participated in three roundtable sessions, and presented a paper co-authored with Liz Brooks, “Northern Powerhouse: A Megaregional Imaginary”.

Elizabeth Brooks presented a paper “Place/Ladywell Housing Project, London: A Temporary Local Project with Metropolitan Impacts”, at the AESOP spacial panel "The role of the local in improving cohesion and spatial justice". The paper was co-authored with Ali Madanipour and Mark Shucksmith, as part of their Horizon2020 research projecgt Relocal

Ali Madanipour also participated in three invited roundtables, “Under the veil of diversity. Planners, planning and difference”, “Emerging perspectives on urban morphologies”,  and “Aesop archives”, and ran surgeries for the participating PhD candidates.

Zan Gunn delivered her paper “Serving in the Public Interest? The Reorganisation of UK Planning Services in an Era of Reluctant Outsourcing” and Paola Gazzola presented her paper “Mapping Power Relations in SEA – The Role of Statutory Environmental Consultees in Italy”.

Kathryn Collins presented her poster "Legitimacy and Value in Marine Space (Or "what should we do with the sea and who decides?")".

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Above left: Kathryn Collins

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Georgiana Varna and Zan Gunn

published on: 17 July 2019