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Mediatisation, Visualisation and Urban Planning

5. März 2018 13:00 – 6. März 2018 16:00 Uhr

It belongs to the central narratives of postmodern societies that information and communication technologies play a key role in all areas of social life. Digital and other types of media have not only changed our communicative activities but in a certain way also percolated to the smallest ramifications of everyday practices. Hence, these developments are interdisciplinary conceptualised and described as “mediatisation” relating shifts of communication and technology with changes of culture and society. The workshop refers to the still polysemous concept of “mediatisation” (i.e. Krotz 2009, Lundby 2009, Hepp 2012, Hjavard 2013) and asks for its general meaning and its special relevance for investigating and understanding urban planning practices. Actually, planning processes in urban development are highly “mediatised” and especially visual forms of representation are increasingly meaningful and relevant. Obviously, planning processes and new media influence each other. On the one hand, planners deploy media purposefully. On the other hand, new technologies shape communication processes as (e)participation in such a profound manner that an inquiry into the way in which mediatisation affects planning processes is strongly warranted. For instance, how does online participation in planning change society’s view on planning? How mediatisation does take effect on the communicative construction of public spheres? In what sense do new technologies affect the planning of spatial design of cities? And is it possible to derive lessons from previous mediatisation processes in historical urban planning for contemporary urban planning? Apparently, these questions cover an emerging field which makes it necessary to open up a panel to broadly discuss theoretical approaches and methodological challenges regarding the investigation of the influence of mediatisation on urban planning, (e)participation and the construction of public sphere(s) as well as the communicative processes of knowledge construction by using various technologies and types of visualisation. The workshop pursues the goal of bringing together scientists from different disciplines – connecting historical, planning-scientific and sociological perspectives – in order to have an intensive and creative exchange of expertise. Within three sessions we want to discuss a) from a historical perspective the impact of specific media on public debates in relation between planning, media and the urban public spheres in the course of the 20th century, b) from a sociological perspective the communicative forms of planning and participation as well as the impact of mediatisation on public sphere and c) from a planning science perspective the strategies and tactics of mediatisation in urban development processes. We follow the thesis that ambivalences of mediatisation are to be recognised in a sense that practical and technical accelerations of planning and building are in a contradictory relation to decelerated public participatory processes. However, it is still unclear to what extent the digital formats of citizen participation gain momenta of acceleration and what qualitative consequences this has for communicative processes of spatial planning and design. These sensitizing questions will be used to investigate urban planning in the area of large-scale planning to smaller neighborhood planning processes. We also use a comprehensive concept of planning which includes both state planning projects from top down and collaborative projects in which planning activities are understood as the moderation of public processes. The workshop is organised in the context of the research project “Mediatisation processes in urban planning and changes in the public sphere.” (MedPlan 2017-2020), funded by the Leibniz Association and in cooperation with the Collaborative Research Centre “Re-figuration of Spaces” (TU Berlin), funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).


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Mediatisation, Visualisation and Urban Planning

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5. März 2018 13:00 – 6. März 2018 16:00 Uhr


Monday | 5 March 2018 TU Berlin | Fraunhoferstraße 33-36 | room FH918

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Welcome Addresses

Keynote Andreas Hepp | Universität Bremen
Figurations of Deep Mediatization: Understanding the Media-Related Transformation of Social Domains

14.45 Coffee Break

15:00 Session 1  – Mediatisation of Planning and the Urban Public Sphere in Historical Perspective

Presentation 1 | Thomas Birkner | Universität Münster
Historical Perspectives in Mediatisation Research – Central Questions and Methodological Challenges
Presentation 2 | Adelheid von Saldern | Leibniz Universität Hannover
The Media, Urban Planning and Public Spheres. Some Reflections on the 20th Century
Presentation 3 | Kathrin Meißner | IRS | Erkner
Research Design Mediatisation, Planning and the Urban Public Sphere in a Historical Perspective – Theoretical Approaches and Methodological Challenges

Comments of the Previous Presenters in the Session

Final Discussion of the Session

18.00 Dinner

Tuesday | 5 March 2018 TU Berlin | Fraunhoferstraße 33-36 | room FH918

10.00 Session 2 (E)Participation and Visualisation. Consequences for Collaborative Planning Practices and the Public Sphere

Presentation 1 | Angela Million | TU Berlin
Impact of Digitalisation in Participatory Planning with Youth
Presentation 2 | Nadine Kuhla von Bergmann
creative climate cities The Role Of Maps in Citizen and Stakeholder Activation Processes
Presentation 3 | Ajit Singh | IRS | Erkner
Communication, Visualisation and Imagination in Collaborative Planning Processes: Theoretical Approaches and Methodological Challenges

Comments of the Previous Presenters in the Session

Final Discussion of the Session

12.00 Lunch

13.00 Session 3 Monitoring and Imaging: Forms of Digital Planning in the Present and their Consequences for Inclusive and Integrative Urban Design

Presentation 1 | Yahia Shawkat | 10Tooba
Cairo Unseeing Like the State: Re/Presenting Data for Spatial Justice
Presentation 2 | Yaşar Adnan Adanali | Center for Spatial Justice
Istanbul Uses and Abuses of Digital Media in Urban Planning: A Conceptual and Empirical Review from Istanbul
Presentation 3 | Mennatullah Hendawy
TU Berlin Knowledge as Power: Communication of Urban Planning in the Age of Mediatisation: Theoretical Approaches and Methodological Challenges

Comments of the Previous Presenters in the Session

Final Discussion of the Session

15.00 Wrap up

15.30 Final Conference Coffee

16.00 End and Departure