Track 19

Comparative Development Planning: Globalization and International Cooperation

  • PatrĂ­cia Luiza Kegel
    • Regional University of Blumenau (Brazil)
  • Alessandro Balducci
    • Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
  • Shahed Khan
    • Curtin University (Australia)

Ten years ago Bish Sanyal edited a book titled comparative planning cultures in which many scholars reflected upon different planning traditions, reciprocal influences, paradigm shifts and the impact of the first waves of globalization.

In this track we want to reflect upon the status of development planning in different parts of the world today, when globalization is the common ground of planning. We know that urbanization which is happening everywhere, is everywhere different. There are countries in which development means only re-development of sites that have lost their functions and in which a very different form of planning is required compared with a few years ago; there are countries in which development still means rapid and turbulent expansion of mega-cities and planning is confronted with the need to organize the space in an effective way to host millions of new citizens; there are countries in the global South in which development is mainly informal and planning has to bring some services and rationality in order to create citizenship in areas of hopelessness.

In this track we encourage the presentation of papers that reflect upon different forms of development planning for different cultural and economic contexts and we encourage papers that discuss the travelling of planning concepts from one culture to another in a situation of contradictory divergences and convergences.