Date and location

  •   November 29, 2013 - November 29, 2013
  •   Technische Universitat Berlin, Strasse des 17 Juni 135, D-10623 Berlin, Germany

Conference details

“Towards a sustainable and just city region? Looking at Berlin, London and Paris”

Friday 29th November 2013

Location: Technische Universitat  Berlin
Strasse des 17 Juni 135
D-10623 Berlin


Berlin is currently in the process of developing a new spatial development strategy – the Stadtentwicklungskonzept 2030 (StEK 2030). Other plans and policies to shape the growing metropolitan region are also well under way, such as the new housing strategy and a new strategy of how to deal with municipal real estate. Many of these policies have been influenced by civil society stakeholders who demand a more sustainable development of the city, both in terms of climate change and socially. Extensive public participation processes have been launched to come up with development strategies, which will be perceived as ‘just’ while at the same time supporting Berlin’s economic growth. The conference will discuss the proposed strategies and participatory approaches and whether they are as ‘just’ and ‘sustainable’ as promised. It will look at similar proposals in London and Paris and explore what these new approaches mean regarding current debates on governance, localism or sustainable urban development.


Confirmed speakers with topics

  • Planning the metropolitan region  – a historic perspective

Harald Bodenschatz (Center for Metropolitan Studies/TU Berlin)

  • Objectives of the Network and report back on London seminar

Duncan Bowie (University of Westminster, UK)

  • Bad lessons of localism: What can Berlin learn from London?

Claire Colomb (Bartlett School of Planning, UK)

  • Coping with Berlin’s housing challenge: New strategies and policies

Ephraim Gothe (Permanent Secretary at the Senate Department for Urban Development and the Environment)

  • Participation as a key precondition for a just and sustainable city region: New approaches from Berlin

Aljoscha Hofmann (CMS/TU Berlin, Think Berl!n)

  • Towards a sustainable and just city region – current challenges for Berlin

Cordelia Polinna (CMS/TU Berlin, Think Berl!n)


confirmed speakers – topics to be determined:

Hugh Elis (Town and Country Planning Association. UK)
Allan Cochrane (Open University, UK)
Ian Gordon (LSE, UK)
Nick Bailey (University of Westminster, UK)

Other speakers are being invited

Contact for registration:

Cordelia Polinna <>

TU Berlin (main building)

H 2035 and H 2036 (tbc)

Straße des 17. Juni 135
10623 Berlin (Charlottenburg)


Neither the RSA or TU Berlin are able to cover travel or accommodation costs.

However bursaries are available as follows:

For RSA student, early career or associate ( retired) members only:
One international bursary ( ie member from outside Germany)  £200
Four local bursaries (ie member from within Germany) of £50 each.
Payments will be made on submission of claims supported by eligible invoices to RSA office after authorisation by network co-ordinator
To apply for a bursary please contact the research network co-ordinator, Duncan Bowie

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Technische Universitat Berlin, Strasse des 17 Juni 135, D-10623 Berlin, Germany