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EAUH Conference 2018


Session M57 - Planning cities, making places (from 19th to 21st century)

Coordinators: Marjaana Niemi (


The development and spread of modern urban planning has had a profound impact on cities around the world since the late nineteenth century. Municipal and state authorities, property developers and other companies as well as civil society organisations have employed planners and architects to create urban environments that better respond to the changing societal needs, as they see them. Planning strategies and instruments have been used to produce more economically profitable, aesthetic and functional urban spaces but also to contain and redress inequalities and social problems and to create a sense of place and community. This session will first address the general questions of how the relative importance of different objectives have changed over time, who has participated in setting up the priorities and what arguments have been made in defense of the various positions?

Despite the growth of modern planning, cities have continued to be combinations of planned and unplanned elements. What has been planned and built with permanence in mind has often proved short-lived, while some buildings and environments built for temporary use have contributed to the lasting culture of the city. Countless ambitious plans and visions have been abandoned, and many others have been implemented only partially or after a considerable delay due to a lack of political support, changing planning ideals, financial constraints and local opposition. And even if plans have been realised, eventually people have made places. They have often used buildings and spaces in ways different from the intended purpose, and in so doing, created new kinds of places. The second key question of the session concerns the complex interaction between plans (realised or otherwise) and the everyday life of the city.
Keywords: urban planning; realised and unrealised plans; interest groups, everyday life

Friday 31st August 2018
  Room 19 14.00-15.30, 16.00-17.30



Amidst Urbanisation and Community Assertion: The Making of 'Nizamuddin' As a Modern Sacred Space.
Samran Ahmad

“Le schema directeur de Kolwezi,” the planned but unrealised removal of a company town.
Kristien Geenen

Media strategies and narratives in urban planning discourses about Berlin's mass housing tenements 'Mietskasernen' in the 1970s and 1980s
Kathrin Meißner

Congo housing is for ‘well-to-do’ - Debates about the Application of the Elisabethville Housing Scheme in Northern Rhodesia as a Symptom of Colonial Uncertainty
Carl-Philipp Bodenstein

Historical Collective Shelters in Mezarlikbasi, Izmir, Turkey
Mine Hamamcioglu-Turan, Figen Akpinar, Ozge Deniz Tokoz