IOER Annual Conference 2022

Space & Transformation: Liveable Futures

21-23 September 2022 at Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden, Germany

Conference Tracks

Transformation dynamics and the making of liveable places

The acceleration of environmental changes in the Anthropocene and related societal transitions lead to continuous alterations in the understanding, assessment and practical planning of “liveable” futures. This implies an increasing complexity, uncertainty and ambiguity of spatial developments. What kind of transformation dynamics and geographies can we expect? Which knowledge, discourses and practices are key to shape the liveability of neighbourhoods, cities and regions?

Co-creating futures: Transformative visions, pathways and experiments

In the face of growing global socio-ecological challenges, transformative visions, pathways and experiments are central to shape liveable futures. Which governance approaches, methods and tools are needed to create them? What are the roles of science, policy, administration, business and civil society? How can the diverse and divergent interests of citizens be taken into account while building on democratically legitimized bodies? What are the possibilities and limits of digital tools in the co-creation of visions, pathways and experiments?

Liveable landscapes: Towards biological diversity and sustainable ecosystems

Landscapes are constantly changing. In view of global socio-ecological challenges, sustainable approaches to landscape transformation are coming to the fore. How will open spaces in regions, cities and urban districts be designed to be liveable in the future? What role do nature-based solutions and green infrastructure play? How are social, ecological and economic dimensions brought together in this, and which normative and ethical implications are to be taken into account for sustainable and healthy human-nature relations?

Building liveable futures: Resilience and circular systems of the built environment

Natural hazards and the effects of demographic change as well as climate change and resource scarcity pose growing challenges for the development of the built environment. How could resilient, adaptable, climate-appropriate, resource-conserving and circular systems look like that ensure the usability of buildings and infrastructures in the long term? How can the resilience and adaptability of the already existing built environment be enhanced e.g. through circular socio-ecological-technical system approaches, as well as organizational, technical and social innovations?

Geomodelling of tomorrow: (Co-)producing spatial data for liveable futures

In order to design future spaces in a transformative and sustainable way, comprehensive and relevant information bases are needed. New data and innovative processing methods are therefore key for co-creating inspiring visions as well as alternative scenarios for spatial developments. How can suitable information infrastructures for liveable futures be built up and knowledge about effective applications and tools be made available? How does this align with broader digitalization trends in society?

Open track

This track is available for contributions that fit the overall conference theme but cannot be attributed to one of the track themes.