The conference will focus on the current changes of working environments, social and societal interaction in what is often referred to as the knowledge society, and the resulting demands on private and public spaces. Currently observed developments will be discussed from different professional perspectives. What kind of social changes can be observed? What challenges arise from new working models and forms? How is education provided today and how will it be provided in the future? What demands do the current and expected transformations raise for the design of our urban spaces?
The growing importance of knowledge has reached almost all areas of life in our society and is changing the way we live, work and interact. Knowledge is now the productive factor of a growing economic sector. Complex and often abstract knowledge is gaining ever greater importance as a basis of technical innovations. These transformations are being driven by the increasing digitalization of economic, private and social life. The social changes represent a great opportunity, but also a danger of social groups will be left behind depending on their access to education. Creativity, innovation and participation of a wide range of users seem to be an important key for shaping the knowledge society of the future.
However, societal transformation is also changing cities, their spaces and architectures. Urban spaces are the venues of social processes. The production and application of knowledge are closely linked to the spatial structure of the city and its architecture. Even though the knowledge society increasingly operates in global contexts, knowledge, education and competence are ultimately tied to people and thus to places. Urban contexts, with their concentration of creative knowledge workers and knowledge-based uses, offer favorable conditions, the breeding ground for creative or innovative knowledge development.
Recently, not only in cities but also in rural areas, more and more open indoor and outdoor spaces are emerging that invite learning, interaction and experimentation and seek to foster chance encounters between diverse user groups.
How do these social transformations affect our coexistence and the need for spaces? What spaces are needed so that participation in knowledge can succeed for many parts of society? What role can urban spaces play in social coexistence?
New Work Sites and Places of Encounter in the Knowledge Economy: Challenges für the Polycentric German Urban System
Madeleine Wagner, Heidelberg University, Institute of Geography, Department of Regional Governance
The Spatial Requirements of Knowledge Intensive Working Locations in the Munich Metropolitan Region and their Influence on Urban Form
Christiane Müller und Jonas Gläßer, Munich Technical University, Chair of Spatial Development
Form Flexible to Situated Geographies: Conceptualizing Innovations and Experimental Work Processes
Dr. Bastian Lange, Leipzig University, Institute of Geography and Multiplicities, Berlin
The Knowledge Achitecture Paradigm: Research Framework for a New Kind of Design Science
Prof. Dr. Jörg R. Noennig, Dresden Technical University, Laboratory of Knowledge Architecture and Hamburg University, Digital City Science, CityScienceLab
The interlinking of our societies, which has been globalizing and advancing for decades, increasingly unites a heterogeneous population with very different lifestyles and cultural backgrounds. With the increased importance of knowledge in our societies come demands on our everyday lives, such as significantly expanded learning behavior or increased creative knowledge processing. At the same time, technological innovations lead to new day-to-day habits and changes in leisure behavior and thus have a strong influence on traditional biographical patterns. In this rapidly transforming society, flexible control mechanisms are essential, to encourage participation and interaction.
How Do Policies Influence Innovation Performance in a Specific Region? Evidence From Zhangjiang High-tech Par in Shangai, China
Simin Yan and Dr. Lin Zou, Heidelberg University, Institute of Geography, Economic Geography and Regional Governance
Living with Diversity in a "Just" City: The Role of Institutional Context for Social Interaction in Vienna's Requalifying Neighbourhoods
Byeongsun Ahn, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Institute of Sociology and Social Research
Dresden Citizen Lab: A Physical Agora for Permanent Citizen Participation
Benjamin Stelzle, Dresden Technical University,
Digital Re-figuration of Practices of Space and Knowledge in Urban Planning
Martin Schinagl, Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space, Dynamics of Communication, Knowledge and Spatial Development
During the workshop, the changes presented and considered in the sessions will be discussed against the context of urban space at different levels of scale. How is knowledge transfer accomplished in the regional network, how in co-working or public spaces? How must spaces be designed to facilitate chance encounters and exchange, what spatial conditions stimulate the generation of innovation and knowledge exchange? What are the requirements for future, self-determined learning and teaching spaces - beyond the classical educational situations? Which cooperation of actors and uses would be desirable? What conclusions are to be drawn when work and leisure time increasingly mix and the boundaries between private and public spheres shift? How must spaces be designed so that as many different social groups as possible participate in and benefit from social processes?
- 15 Jan. 2022 - Deadline for registration
- 28/29 Jan. 2022 - Conference
- Chair of International Urbanism
- Prof. Dr. Barbara Engel
- Sara Reichwein
- Faculty of Architecture
KIT Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
In Cooperation with:
- Prof. Dr. Caroline Kramer, Human Geography, KIT
- Prof. Dr. Michaela Pfadenhauer, Soziology, University of Vienna
- Prof. Dr. Alexandra Den Heijer, Public Real Estate, TU Delft