REAL CORP 2020 in September

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REAL CORP 2020 in September


25th International Conference on Urban Planning
and Regional Development in the Information Society
GeoMultimedia 2020
1st Aachen Urban Design Conference

15-18 September 2020
RWTH Aachen, Germany

in co-operation with RWTH Aachen, Institute for Urban Design


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Conference Topics

REAL CORP 2020 aims to discuss strategies and concepts for quality change management in the light of the challenges outlined above, which arise in neighbourhoods, cities, urban regions and metropolitan areas. This also raises the question of who the actual actors of current urban, regional and metropolitan regional development are and what role planners can play in the corresponding scenarios.

The renowned RWTH Aachen in the historical European medium sized city of Aachen, in the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia with its rich mining and industrial tradition, located in a cross-border city region in the border triangle Germany-Belgium-Netherlands, is the ideal place to discuss these developments and challenges with experts from all over the world.

Our SmartDevOps project will have a special focus at the event.

  • During the keynote on 14 September “Europe as a Global Player and Partner in Shaping the Future” by Erich Hutter and Norbert Frischauf – experts on European Research, Innovation and Cooperation Initiatives, the contribution on DevOps will be made by Hans Rüdiger Kaufmann of the DevOps Project partner University of Applied Management Studies, Mannheim, Germany.
  • During the special session on 15 September “DevOps Competences for Smart Cities”
  • During the session ‘Real Smart Cities’ our project partners will do the presentation “DevOps Competences for Smart City Administrators” based on the submitted paper.
  • The paper is already published in the conference proceedings

See the details in the conference programme

Papers and presentations of REAL CORP 2020 are covering especially the following topics:

  • Transforming City Regions –  Constant Changes on all Scales
    • regional urban planning and design of the city region,
    • Cross-Border-City-Regions, International Building Exhibitions (IBA),
    • Standardisation trough technological development vs. the quest for uniqueness and peculiarity,
    • Competition, collaboration, coopetition – within and amongst city regions,
    • Tradition vs. Branding: Keeping and creating the identity, the spirit, the emotions of cities, regions and places. Is “branding” the tool for new places to create identity or for existing places to “upgrade”?
    • Demographic Change – Aging Population, influx of youth, competition for talent, local/regional/international/global migration,
    • Global Urban and Metropolitan Networks – the New Silk Road as a prototype for the implementation of global mega-structures,
    • New Cities – Capital Cities and Thematic Cities; Indonesia, Egypt, Kazakhstan, China, Saudi Arabia, …
  • Rise of Metropolises
    • 10, 20, 30 mln … more than just a bunch of cities, a different kind of human settlements,
    • How to manage metropolises and keep them running,
    • Metro-Matrix: theory and application,
    • Shaping the metropolis
  • Climate Change and Imminent Natural Disasters
    • mitigation, adoption, smart technologies, resource efficiency,
    • post-carbon cities and regions: sustainable, resilient, liveable
  • Re-Mixing the City: Concepts and Perspectives for Mixed Use in Future Cities
    • concepts and perspectives for mixed use in future cities
    • thinking urban factory – keeping and restoring production sites within the urban fabric
    • high up into the sky and deep down into the earth – concepts for highrise development and utilizing underground space for urban densification
    • The challenge of affordable housing
    • spatial and regional planning in the context of sustainable management of mineral resources
  • Cities for all – Integration, Public Welfare, Participation and Co-Creation
  • Smart Country & Co: What about the Countryside?
  • Cities and Technologies, Real Smart Cities, Intelligent Cities – High Tech and High Quality of Life: Best Practises and Concepts for the Future
    • digitisation, urban, environmental and mobility technologies
    • integrated/holistic approaches
    • sectoral solutions (energy/smart grid; resource management; people mobility; freight transport and logistics; smart government; data and information infrastructures; smart buildings, smart housing, smart home; smart health, education, entertainment; smart retail; internet of things; urban farming; safety and security; …)
    • governmental vs. industrial vs. civil society driven approaches
    • Things hardly mentioned in “Smart Cities propaganda” – the “other side of the city” (informal settlements; refugees camps; brownfields; traditional industrial areas, slaughterhouses, …; huge logistic and retail zones; waste (water) treatment; cemeteries; “no-go areas”; urban heat islands …)
    •  “Smart Cities” and/or “Intelligent Cities”
  • Real Estate Development and Urban Planning: Competitors or Partners?
  • Role of Urban Planning and Urban Planners in Shaping Cities and City Regions of the Future
    • experts, advisors, masterplanners, moderators/mediators, designers, integrators, technicians, …?
    • from local to global: cross-border and international planning on different scales,
    • cultural differences in urban planning and the use of technology
  • Technology-driven Resources and Tools for Urban and Regional Planning
    • evolution of GIS and DSS (Decision Support Systems),
    • regional, interregional, international, intergovernmental information and monitoring systems,
    • from Building Information Modelling (BIM) to City Information Modelling (CIM) and “Digital Twins” of Cities,
    • perspectives of “Big Data”, “Blockchain” and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in planning context,
    • planning and design with Virtual Reality (VR),
    • consumer 3d printing (c3dp), 3D printing in large scale,  …,
    • sources of information (remote sensing, LIDAR/Laser Scanning, drones/unmanned vehicles, floating vehicle data, data from mobile devices, real time data, sensor networks, …),
    • accessibility of information and data (Open Government Data (OGD), Open Source and commercial data sources, user and crowd generated content, news from INSPIRE, international and global data initiatives, …; data centers),
    • mindset – trust or mistrust in data, instruments, methods, processes?
  • Demographic Change: Aging, Rise of the Young, Migration
  • Global Urban and Metropolitan Networks – the New Silk Road
  • New Cities around the Globe – Capital Cities and Thematic Cities

Learn all the details on the conference website