With the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, significant changes within existing city structures (like urban spaces) have become even more noticeable, therefore reinforcing the demand for novel visions as well as (system) innovations for metropolitan areas. The Plenary Table “The Future of Work and Urban Planning: Designing Innovative Interventions” will pursue the answers to the questions: How can new concepts, as well as interventions for sustainable and resilient urban structures, be created? What will these solutions look like? The discussion will explore and further evaluate the potential of these transformative approaches regarding: the public sphere, social inclusion, community involvement in urban planning, governance, mobility and other aspects of public infrastructure.
Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung
Jutta Allmendinger is a sociologist and has been President of the WZB Berlin Social Science Center since 2007 as well as Professor of Educational Sociology and Labor Market Research at the Humboldt University in Berlin. She has received numerous awards for her work, including a fellowship at the Thomas Mann House in Los Angeles in 2017. Jutta Allmendinger is one of the founding coordinators of Berlin Research 50 and a member of the editorial board of the weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT.
Doris Kleilein is an architect, author, and publisher in Berlin. In 2005, she cofounded the architectural office bromsky. From 2005 to 2018, she worked as editor of Bauwelt and Stadtbauwelt. Since 2019, she has directed the publishing house JOVIS in Berlin, focused on books in urbanism and architecture. In 2020, she was a fellow at the Thomas Mann House in Los Angeles.
Dr Magdalena Skipper is Editor in Chief of Nature and Chief Editorial Advisor for Nature Portfolio. A geneticist by training, she holds a PhD from University of Cambridge, UK. She has considerable editorial and publishing experience, having worked as Chief Editor of Nature Reviews Genetics, Senior Editor for genetics and genomics at Nature and Editor in Chief of Nature Communications. She is passionate about mentorship, research integrity in science and innovation in science publishing. As part of her desire to promote underrepresented groups in research, in 2018 she co-launched the Nature Portfolio Inspiring Science Award for early-career female researchers.
University of Capetown
Professor Edgar Pieterse is founding director of the African Centre for Cities (ACC) at the University of Cape Town. His research and teaching gravitate around urban development politics, everyday culture, publics, radical social economies, responsive design and adaptive governance systems. He publishes different kinds of text, curate exhibitions, as well as difficult conversations about pressing urban problems. He is consulting editor for Cityscapes—an international occasional magazine/platform on urbanism in the global South. He has published two books, City Futures (Zed, 2008) and New Urban Worlds (Polity, 2017, with AbdouMaliq Simone), as well as seven co-edited books, dealing with a wide-ranging set of topics related to contemporary urbanism and place-making. Edgar serves on various editorial boards of academic journals and research advisory boards of leading urban research centres: LSE Cities (London); Indian Institute for Human Settlements (Bangalore); Gauteng City-region Observatory (Johannesburg); The Global Cities Programme of CIDOB – Barcelona Centre for International Affairs; Pathways to Sustainability – Utrecht University; the World Economic Forum: Shaping the Future of Urban Development and Services Initiative; and the Coalition for Urban Transitions (London). Furthermore, he is co-lead author of the Urban Chapter of the report of the International Panel on Social Progress.
Klaus Klaas Loenhart
Graz University of Technology
Prof. Klaus K Loenhart devotes himself to future designs of our urban agglomerations, buildings and landscapes as inter-woven, living biomes. As head of institute, he develops, together with his teams at the Institute of Architecture and Landscape at Graz University of Technology, as well as in his studio terrain: integral designs, living systems fostering the relationship between us humans and our more-than-human world – as an integral part of our future societal ambitions brought to life through the means of innovative design approaches. His current projects and research follow a systemic design approach that recognizes our breathing world as an instructive co-designer, introducing plant respiration and plant-based climate performance into buildings. As a proof of concept for this approach, he and his team breathe.austria realized the Austrian Pavilion at the 2015 EXPO World Fair in Milan – a natural-technological hybrid that focuses on ecological and atmospheric performance, recognized with numerous awards, including the UNESCO City of Design Award – Grand Award.