Planning processes can be thought of as methodically structured learning and qualification processes. The central focus must be on resolving and avoiding complex problems, such as tackling demographic and climate change, safeguarding the energy supply to settlement systems, ensuring the provision of local amenities and recreational facilities for all and designing mobility systems, to cite some examples. Crucial factors for the success of democratically structured planning processes include objective, fact-based information, continuous communication and proper citizen participation. These call for methodical approaches combined with imaging processes which provide an overview of and deeper insight into the problems and generate visual models of potential solutions and the future of living environments.
Especially welcome are theoretically well-founded examples from planning practice featuring innovations with regard to problem-based and solution-oriented information, communication and participation in addressing complex problems in democratic societies. These span the spectrum from direct dialogue (in the sense of the Greek "agora") and computer-aided processes, from "big data" and the requirements for data security and privacy protection, to examples of innovative imaging processes and their integration into planning theory and methodology in various different planning cultures. The track will also accept presentations that interrogate contextual models of participation, the interaction of communication and politics to create or restrict opportunities for participation, and how participation policies are dealing with inclusiveness.