4th YA Meeting (Prague, February 2010) Landscapes of Planning

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  • February 8, 2010

Conference Objectives

The main aim of the conference is to provide young planning scholars a forum to debate and reflect upon their ideas with their peers as well established experts.

The conference focuses on different issues and challenges related to contemporary planning. It will incorporate a wide range of issues and perspectives into the intellectual discussions to generate a set of new and clearly articulated ideas on what should be the value system(s) of planners and planning.

The conference will consist of four tracks, each chaired by a senior planning academic.


Dates and Deadlines

The 2010 YA Meeting consists of two section, the Conference and the Workshop. Attending the Conference part (February 8th to 10th) is obligatory for the presenting author, while attending the Workshop (February 11th and 12th) is optional. Papers of authors that will not attend the conference will not be published in the book of abstract.

All authors are expected to submit a full paper by (CET) midnight of January 10th 2010. Papers submitted after this deadline will not be considered for the best paper in the conference prize.

The full papers should not be (much) longer than 3000 words excluding title, abstract, keywords, references and acknowledgments. The stylesheet for full papers is located here.


Track 1: Why do master plans fail?

This track aims to cover issues related to potential scope which a planning system can have in in formulating frameworks that can steer urban development. The topics that may be covered in this track may include issues of governance, policies, cultures, participatory approaches, practices and long term outcomes.

Track 2: What can be termed 'Good' in Planning?

This track aims to deliberate upon the need for common ethical principles within the planning community. The topics that may be covered in this track include planning ethics, planning for the poor, accessibility issues, gender issues, planning for disadvantaged groups.

Track 3: Can planning be Eco-logic?

Given the recent emergence of world wide concerns in environmental issues such as pollution, water supply and waste water management, waste management, energy management, disaster prevention and climate change, this track will focus on environmental aspects of planning. The topics that may be covered in this track include sustainable development, resource management, responses to climate change and environmental regulation.

Track 4: Does heritage matter?

In the era of globalization, there is a great concern within planning to protect cultural diversity. This track will therefore focus on the issues can facilitate and strengthen genius loci of cultural landscapes. The topics that may be covered in this track include management of town centre, issues of revitalization and heritage management, promoting urban cultures, and the role of ethnicity in urban development.


Abstracts guidelines

Papers are now welcomed from young planning academics for consideration for inclusion in this conference, which will be FREE. We anticipate selecting around thirty abstracts to submit a full paper for presentation at this conference. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 17th September 2009.

All abstracts must be between 350 and 600 words, excluding title, keywords and authors. The Abstracts should be uploaded through this section of the YA website to the track of author's desire in a *doc or *txt format (the abstracts will be edited).
Those abstracts selected for inclusion in the conference programme will be required to submit a full paper for inclusion in the conference pack.

The paper submitted must not exceed 4000 words and 4 figures, excluding abstract and references.

For more information contact us through:

Chair, YAN Co-ordinating Team