Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Next PLPR Conference Announced: Bern in February 2016 (Land as a Scarce Resource)

The 10th International Conference of the International Academic Association on Planning, Law, and Property Rights (PLPR) will take place in Bern, Switzerland, on February 17-19, 2016.

PLPR is a free-standing academic association with over 400 individual members from all over the world. PLPR believes that Planning, Law and Property are interdependent. PLPR therefore conveys the message "Planning matters, Law matters, Property matters". These three simple statements inspire the growing PLPR community to examine the difficult relationship between public and private interests in the use of land.

CONFERENCE THEME: "Land as a scarce resource"

Spatial planning is often accused of not being up to the tasks it is supposed to deal with: more parsimonious use of natural resources; conservation of regional identities in the face of global standardization processes; promotion of integrated transport infrastructures; reduction of socioeconomic disparities among territories, etc.

During the last century, all Western countries have developed a complex administrative organization to shape their spatial development. Most countries have passed planning acts accompanied by the development of training programs for planners through national planning schools, and planning departments were created at all levels of government. In most national settings, spatial planning instruments were crafted in a context of land profusion. But are these systems able to meet the challenges of scarcity today?

Fighting against sprawl and uncontrolled growth in the name of sustainability calls for the end of green field development. Yet, suitable land for urban development is becoming more and more scarce. One of the central challenges of the new scarcity situation is that spatial planning needs to deal with the complex property-rights situations that characterize the already-built environment. Redevelopment, densification, mixed use development and urban land reconversion implies that public actors, developers, real estate specialists, neighborhood or tenant associations will have to deal with competing interests that are rooted in complex property right situations or regimes. For effective steering of spatial development, a deeper understanding of the tight interactions between spatial planning and property rights is required.

Even where economic growth is still given, the actors of spatial planning struggle with this new focus on the redevelopment of pre-used plots. Beside technical challenges such as contamination, neighbor conflicts, noisiness, etc., scarcity also questions our development patterns oriented toward growth, increased resource consumption per capita, and growing inequalities.

 IMPORTANT DATES:

Abstract submission opens:   September 1, 2015

Abstracts due:      October 16, 2015 (DEADLINE WILL NOT BE EXTENDED)

Early registration begins:   December 14, 2015

Conference:   February 17-19, 2016

Please visit the PLPR Conference website for details: www.plpr2016.unibe.ch

 

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