Department of Planning

Aalborg 2011

Aalborg 2011

The 5th PLANNORD symposium on
 Local Authority Planning in Change


- Planning Perspectives, Settings and Practices in Nordic Countries

Utzon Center, Aalborg, Denmark, 18th-20th August 2011


An integrated event for researchers, practitioners & PhD students

The overall aim of this symposium is to illuminate and debate how the role of spatial strategy-making and planning seems to change these years. Through a main focus on the actual settings and practices of local and regional planning activities it is the intention to enable a discussion on the current status, in particular in Nordic countries, of the scopes and future perspectives of planning. Are we, for instance, experiencing a crisis of trust in planning? Or is spatial planning, as an activity, going through changes or more basic transformations that may reignite and revitalize the role of planning?

We invite participants and presenters to join us in attempting to characterize the present state and role of planning through specific local and regional cases and examples from a Nordic context. Do we see new systems and frameworks of planning emerging? New planning products and outcomes? New planning procedures and processes? And what can this emphasis on the most recent examples of planning settings and practices teach us concerning the evolution of planning? Hence, we intend to provide a rare opportunity to look across the varied spectrum of planning activities in a search for the role of spatial planning in societal development.


– Welcome and the Danish case of ‘planning in change’

Thursday 18th August

– Welcome and the Danish case of ‘planning in change’

-Location: Utzon Auditorium (all afternoon)
11.30 - 12.45 Registration and Lunch    
13.00 - 13.10 Welcome to Aalborg University Eskild Holm Nielsen, Dean Faculty of Engineering and Science, Aalborg University
13.10 - 13.25 Introduction to the symposium Carsten Jahn Hansen & Henrik Harder, Organizers, AAU & NYKOM
13.25 - 13.55 Planning in change – new systems, products and approaches in Denmark Peder Baltzer Nielsen, City Architect in Aalborg (and former leading civil servant in the Ministry of Environment)
13.55 - 14.15 Coffee Break    
  Urban and rural regions     
14.15 - 14.45 Regional infrastructure and the East Jutland Urban Corridor Henrik Harder, Associate prof. in urban and mobility studies, AAU
14.45 - 15.15 The lost land, shrinking the fringe? Lea Louise Holst Laursen, Assistant prof. in urban and mobility studies, AAU
15.15 - 15.45 Coffee Break    
  Regions, Cities and municipalities    
15.45 - 16.15 Urban-regional Politics and Business Development Marianne Gjerløv, Head of ‘Business, City & Knowledge’, Århus kommune
16.15 - 16.45 The evolution of planning in Aalborg Daniel Galland, Assistant prof., & Carsten Jahn Hansen, Associate prof., both in urban and regional planning, AAU
16.45 - 17.15 The role of planning in property value changes? Finn Kjær Christensen, Assistant prof. in land management, AAU
17.15 - 17.20 Short Break
17.20 - 18.00 “Panel” discussion – the Danish case of ‘planning in change’ Niels Østergaard, former leading civil servant in the Ministry of Environment, Lars Bodum, head of Dept. of Planning at AAU, Carsten Jahn Hansen & Henrik Harder
Social event
20.00 - 23.00 Dinner at Restaurant Azzurra in Nordkraft, the new ‘urban cultural hub’ in Aalborg


Friday 19th August

– Learning from Nordic cases of ‘planning in change’

Locations: Keynotes in Utzon Auditorium, Open sessions in the Auditorium or the Park Room
09.00 -09.30 The Norwegian Case of ‘planning in change’ Keynote by Eva I. Falleth, Prof. in Urban and Regional Planning, Norwegian University of Life Sciences
09.30 - 10.20 Open session, Utzon Auditorium Open session, Utzon Park Room
-“New Public Management, Local Government Reform and the Changing Professional Role of Architects in Finnish Municipalities”, Jonna Kangasoja, Aalto University -“Defining Municipal Climate Change Plans as a Plan Type”, Anja Wejs, Aalborg University
-“Norway’s new municipal planning strategy”, Nils Aarsæther, University of Tromsø -“Adaptation to climate change: legitimate and useable knowledge in local urban planning and development – Norwegian experiences”, Inger-Lise Saglie, Norwegian University of Life Sciences
10.20 - 10.45 Coffee Break
10.45 - 11.15 The Icelandic case of ‘planning in change’ Keynote by Sigridur Kristjansdottir, Head of the Master program in Planning, Agricultural University of Iceland
11.15 - 12.30 Open session, Utzon Auditorium Open session, Utzon Park Room
-“Urban form and heat consumption,  a comparative study in Copenhagen districts”, Mohammad & Jensen, SBi/AAU -“The housing sector in Helsinki Metropolitan area. Applying urban regime analysis”, Sari Puustinen, Aalto University
-“Waving goodbye to sprawl: the case of Oslo”, Petter Næss et al, AAU -“Is collaboration enough? – A Swedish story of national expectations and local practices”, Maria Håkansson, KTH
-“Mobility Transitions. A ‘mobility turn’ in planning practices?”, Enza Lissandrello, AAU -“The Sibbo Annexation Fuelling Old Style Town Planning in Helsinki”, Jarre Parkatti, Aalto University
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch
13.30 - 14.00 The Swedish Case of ‘planning in change’ Keynote by Kristina L. Nilsson, Prof. in Architec-ture and Planning, Luleå University of Technology
14.00 - 15.15 Open session, Utzon Auditorium  Open session, Utzon Park Room
-“Understanding the changing nature of the planning systems - beginning with a fieldtrip into the Danish planning system”, Line Træholt Hvingel, AAU -“Analytical framework for urban tourist tracks”, Sverrir Örvar Sverrisson, The Agricultural University of Iceland
-“If Norwegian Planning is Everything, Maybe it’s Nothing”, Helge Fiskaa, NTNU -“The Vacation House as a Planning Dilemma”, Ingrid Persson, Blekinge Institute of Technology
-“Fluid planning: A meaningless concept or a rational response to uncertainty in urban planning?”, Torill Nyseth, University of Tromsø  -“Landscape change – a matter for local planning and regional branding”, Gunilla Lindholm, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
15.15 - 15.45 Coffee Break
15.45 - 16.15 The Finish case of ‘planning in change’ Keynote by Raine Mäntysalo, Prof. in Strategic Urban Planning, Aalto University
16.15 - 17.00 Debate – the new role of planning in the Nordic countries?    
Evening Dinner in Aalborg (by own choice)    


Saturday 20th August


-Location: We meet in “Biffen” (Art Cinema) in Nordkraft at 10.00
10.00 - 11.00 Nordkraft, the ‘urban culture hub’ of Aalborg – and a place of extensive planning and property design complexity Keynote by Esben Munk Sørensen, Prof, in Land Management and Geoinformatics, AAU
Including a short tour of Nordkraft
11.00 - 12.30 City walk in Aalborg  Bo Vagnby, Associate prof., AAU
Lunch by own choice & End of symposium