Due to a decrease in public resources, loss of effective management capabilities, and a lack of legitimacy in governmental action, Germany, like other western industrial countries, is being increasingly restricted in the realm of public planning. In consequence, many political and governmental actors as well as researchers are finding hope in new modes of governance in urban development, especially the integration of civil society based planning processes.
In this context the aim of the symposium is to evaluate potentials and deficits in civic organizations concerning urban and regional development in the USA. Presently in Germany, the locus of debate is whether the possibility exists for citizens to be 'activated' in civil society engagement and how this could be instituted. Comparatively, in the USA, there is a long tradition of civic actor engagement in urban and regional development. The examples from the USA therefore demonstrate what may be possible yet also problematic if civic organizations take over a central role in shaping urban and regional development.
The symposium will be a platform for an exchange of ideas and an opportunity for researchers and students to network with others who work within the field of civic society and planning in Germany and in the USA. Furthermore, the conference will be useful for practitioners in nonprofit organizations, governmental planning, private enterprises and private planning offices. Hence a dynamic interaction between academic and practical debates will be possible. Conference papers will be presented by well-known researchers as well as academics who have recently entered the field.
The symposium program and further information you can find under www.hoffnungstraeger-zivilgesellschaft.de/en
Conference languages are German and English. Translation into English and German will be provided for all presentations and discussions.
Registration deadline: October 31st, 2006.
Registration fee: 50 € / reduced 25 € (students)
The Schinkel-Centre for Architecture, Urban Studies, and Preservation of Monuments and Historic Buildings at the Technical University of Berlin
in co-operation with
The School of Sociology in Planning and Architecture, Department of Sociology at the Technical University Berlin
The School of Urban Renewal and Development, Department for Urban and Regional Planning at the Technical University Berlin
The School of Urban Renewal, Department of Architecture, Urban Planning & Landscape Planning at the University of Kassel
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