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Coping with city shrinkage and demographic change - Lessons from around the globe

International Symposium
March, 30 th to 31st 2006 in Dresden, Germany

Organized by Leibniz-Institute of Ecological and Regional Development (IOER), Dresden


in cooperation with The Project Group "shrinking cities in a global context"
Institute of urban and regional development, University of California, Berkeley

The Dresden Center for Demographic Change
of Dresden University of Technology

Programme and Registration Agenda for March 30th and 31st 2006

Full programme (PDF, for printouts)

Please register for the symposium at:

Karlstr. 85
D-64285 Darmstadt
Telephone: +49 (0)6151 1759-0
Telefax: +49 (0)6151 1759-25

E-Mail: kontakt@schader-stiftung.de
If you register by email, please do not forget to give your contact details (full name, institution and postal address).

Attendance at the symposium is free, but seats are limited. Please register early.

Background The shrinking city phenomenon is a multidimensional process, comprising cities, parts of cities or metropolitan areas that have experienced dramatic decline in their economic and social bases.

Common denominator of shrinking cities all over the world is the fact that they are embedded in the context of globalization leading to societal changes. Urban decline and the loss of employment opportunities are closely linked in a downwards spiral, triggering an out-migration of population.

This process of decline is often due to the post-industrial transformation of cities and to the shift from manufacturing activities to services, a process that has left industrial and working-class cities with very few resources in terms of employment and fiscal base.

Aims Aim of the symposium is to discuss shrinking cities from three different angles:
  • the international comparative approach,

  • the German discourse, and

  • the social sciences perspective.
Linking these three windows of exploration to shrinking cities research in order to widen the debate is both unique and innovative. The international comparative viewpoint is essential to the discussion
since the urban phenomenon of shrinking can be perceived all over the world, albeit within different cultural and socio-economic
settings. An equally important point of reference for the investigation is the German discourse about shrinking cities, since in other areas – in particular the US – urban growth is persistent as the dominant paradigm in urban planning and development. Moreover, the symposium is setting the context for in-depth reflections from the point of view of social sciences considering specific social,
demographic, economic, political and cultural issues.

Key questions and Structure The symposium addresses the issue of strategic answers to urban
  • How to maintain respectively restore quality of life in shrinking cities?

  • How are different components of comprehensive strategies like land-use planning, economic development, culturebased
    issues, and environmental aspects considered in practice?

  • Can we learn from other shrinking cities around the globe?

These questions will be embedded in four panel sessions and one roundtable session featuring an interdisciplinary range of renowned experts from Germany and an interdisciplinary group of scholars from five continents (North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia).

This “Shrinking Cities Group” was initiated by the visiting scholars’ roundtable at the Institute of Urban and Regional Development, University of California, Berkeley, in 2004.

Further Information Dr. Tobias Robischon
Telephone: +49 (0)6151 1759-12
EMail: robischon@schader-stiftung.de

Dr. Thorsten Wiechmann
Leibniz-Institut für ökologische Raumentwicklung e.V.
Telephone: +49 (0)351 4679-261
EMail: t.wiechmann@ioer.de

Attention: Venue has changed! Due to an unexpectedly high (and still climbing) number of registrations we decided to hold the symposium in a bigger location.

The symposium will NOT be held in the Rektorat, as has been announced earlier.

The symposium will now take place in the central library (Vortragssaal der Sächsischen Staats,- Landes- und Universitätsbibliothek), as shown below.

New Venue

Lageplan Tu Dresden Unibibliothek neuer Ort Symposium 30/31 März 2006
How to get there Zentralbibliothek der Sächsischen Staats-, Landes- und Universitätsbibliothek (SLUB)
Vortragssaal (1. OG)
Zellescher Weg 19
01069 Dresden

From Dresden Hauptbahnhof (Central Station) take bus 72 in direction "Coschütz" or bus 76 in direction "Mockritz"; get off at second stop "Fritz-Förster-Platz". Turn left into "Zellescher Weg". Zentralbibliothek (central library) is located at a five minutes walking distance on the right side.

Overview Map of Dresden and university locations

Overview Map of TU Dresden Campus "Südvorstadt"

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Letzte Änderung: 03.05.2006