Reviving shrinking cities – innovative paths and perspectives towards livability for shrinking cities

Type: Virtual Paper
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Day: 4/7/2021
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:15 AM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 17
Organizers: Karina Pallagst
Chairs: Karina Pallagst


Processes of shrinkage are multidimensional phenomena encompassing cities, parts of cities, or regions that are experiencing a dramatic decline in their economic and social bases. While the causal factors are diverse and complex, the most evident factor in shrinkage is a loss of employment opportunities and out-migration of population. In many cities, decline is enduring, and shrinkage is most probably jeopardizing the prosperity of European competitiveness. RE-CITY provides a perspective for the robust and sustainably sound development of shrinking cities, while supporting elements of economic prosperity, livability, social stability and innovation. This session discusses problems and novel solutions for shrinking cities in terms of four key themes: conceptualising shrinking smart, governing, greening/right-sizing, and regrowing shrinking cities.

The realities of shrinking cities show a diverse picture of how shrinking cities are perceived in the respective locales and which policies or revitalization strategies are applied. Yes, there are opportunities mostly arising out of substitute industries, and, yes, many cities are actively taking on decline and are dealing with it in a creative mode. Some cities have accepted their post-industrial fate and today they offer ‘best practice examples’ which could encourage other cities to follow suit.

Contributions to this pre-organised session will showcase differing responses to the challenges of shrinkage thus addressing the following questions:
• Will shrinking cities be the new spaces for creativity and productivity, or will the downwards spiral prevail?
• In how far do these spaces offer new modes of revitalization, and what seem to be the options?
• What kind of planning approaches are needed when facing the specific realities of shrinking cities?


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Jakob Schackmar*, Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, Smart Cities - A new topic for shrinking city research 15 8:00 AM
Presenter Agnes Matoga*, TU Kaiserslautern, Experimental Governance in Shrinking Cities: Active Citizenship as a Stop-Gap for Uncertainty? 15 8:15 AM
Presenter Bozhidar Ivanov*, Techische Universität Kaiserslautern, Framing Urban Shrinkage in Policy and Planning Responses – Examples From the European Union 15 8:30 AM
Presenter Simone Di Pietro*, Technische Universitat Kaiserslautern, Exploring the urban shrinkage phenomenon in Mexico 15 8:45 AM
Presenter Karina Pallagst*, University of Kaiserslautern, René Fleschurz*, Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, Shrinking Cities – a New Topic for Planning Cultures? 15 9:00 AM

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