Transforming Spaces and Spatial Practices

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Regional Development and Planning Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM (MDT)
Room: Bayside B, Sheraton, 4th Floor
Chairs: Diganta Das


Call for Panelists: Transforming Spaces and Spatial Practices

Increasingly, cities and city-regions are becoming the major engines of growth worldwide. They are being planned as a magnet for jobs, industries and other economic activities. By 2030, there will have more people in cities compared to the rural regions. With increasing population, city and city-regions have witnessed the rapid transformation in land-use practices – to make way for burgeoning demand for housing, transport, and industrial developments. The ongoing cultural change also means that spatial relations and social realities are changing. Regional and urban planners, policymakers have responded to the dynamics of spatial practices and applied models, visions and best practices, (often emulated from elsewhere) to provide a solution for the transforming cities and regions. While planners and policymakers across Global North and South have succeeded in bringing (smart) solutions to transforming spaces, challenges remain at very many levels and demand active engagement.

The objective of this panel is to explore, share and discuss the nature of transforming spaces in both Global North and Global South, the reasons behind these transformations. What are the commonalities in the way globalization is transforming spaces and spatial practices across the globe? In what ways it is influencing regions, planners, and policymakers? Are we need to only look at best practices and best models? Can we learn something from failed practices? Can technology provide us a better solution to the challenges of transforming spaces? In what ways can we increase public participation in planning practices? How can we plan better public spaces, diverse and livable neighborhoods? What are the future trajectories of spatial practices? There is a need to contextualize the variations in processes, which is creating multiple forms of spaces, and spatial practices. This panel will discuss these topics and more.

If you would like to participate on the panel at the AAG Annual Meeting in New Orleans, please contact me asap.

Diganta Das
RDPSG 2017-2018 Chair
Nanyang Technological University


Type Details Minutes
Introduction Diganta Das Nanyang Technological University 10
Panelist Thomas Morelli Thomas D. Morelli LLC 12
Panelist Gargi Chaudhuri University of Wisconsin La Crosse 12
Panelist Chandana Mitra Auburn University 12
Panelist BIKRAMADITYA CHOUDHARY Jawaharlal Nehru University 12
Panelist George Pomeroy Shippensburg University 12
Discussant Barney Warf University of Kansas 15

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