Track 4

Spatial Policies and Land Use Planning

  • Luciana de Oliveira Royer
    • University of São Paulo (Brazil)
  • Garth Klein
    • University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa)
  • Sukumar Ganapati
    • Florida International University (USA)

Spatial policies and land use planning have evolved significantly worldwide over the last century. Land use planning arguably epitomizes the dictum of thinking globally, while acting locally. The spatial policies have had to respond to the larger forces of globalization, information technology, political, social and cultural contexts and consequent changes in modes of production. Locally, spatial policies have had to contend with addressing the environmental consequences of disasters and sprawled suburban and exurban developments together with an ever increasing gap between wealth and poverty manifesting in spatial inequality and fragmentation. Cities have also to deal with local exigencies of economic development, while maintaining their apparent global competitiveness. Indicative themes for the track are as follows:

  • Distinctive tools of spatial planning used in the global north and global south
  • Dimensions of spatial planning in addressing socio-spatial inequality
  • Impacts of national, state, and local regulations on the urban land use
  • The role of land use management in urban design and place-making
  • Relationships between infrastructure, real-estate development, and spatial policies
  • Innovative techniques in land use planning
  • Spatial policies for the smart city
  • The growth and impact of “new smart” cities in Africa and India
  • Spatial policies for the green city
  • Emerging use of information technologies for spatial planning
  • Pedagogy of spatial policies and land use management