Subprojects | Project Area B | Spaces of Communication

Digital Urban Planning: Planning Practices and Physical Arrangements

The research is part of the project area “Spaces of Communication” investigating transformations in communicative action resulting from mediatisation processes, and their implications for the re-figuration of space. The aim is to specifically research transformations in urban planning across the globe, using the example of new digital technologies and communication media. Three questions form the core of our research:


  • How can digitisation in urban planning since the 1970s be described and systematised?
  • How have urban planning practices changed against the backdrop of digitisation processes, and what spatial constitutions of planning go along with these changes?
  • How have material and physical arrangements of urban development changed on the basis of digital planning and relative to previous arrangements (comparing analogous plans) in the 1960s?


Three interconnected areas will be taken into account regarding digital planning practice: urban structural planning, especially work based on geographical information systems (GIS) for the processing of rather diverse information; urban design planning, in particular work with tools such as computer-aided design (CAD); and communicative planning with the participation of stakeholders and citizens involving the use of 2D- or 3D-simulation tools. Mediatisation processes are investigated using the examples of four cities on four continents: New York City (North America/USA), Lagos (Africa/Nigeria), Songdo (Asia/South Korea) and Frankfurt/Main (Europe/Germany).


Mélix S & Schinagl M (2019) Imagining Space and Envisioning Futures: A Bi-Disciplinary Approach to Digital Urban Planning. In: Rugare S & Kruth J (eds.), AMPS Proceedings Series 16. Alternatives to the Present. A Conference on Architecture, Urbanism, Sociology, Development & Planning. Kent State University, 57-63.

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