Urban transformation for resilient cities - Renaissance of comprehensive planning systems?

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In the last decades of neoliberal politics, urban planning had almost lost its requirement to deal with comprehensive development plans and regulated planning systems. In the face of climate change, mitigation and adaptation strategies are forcing the cities to deal with strategic climate concepts, which have a huge impact on the urban structure and urban planning policy. Meteorologists are acting as new “reformers”, demanding for a new understanding of a regulated society to control the climate change. If climate concepts would be combined with strategic urban planning concepts, the comprehensive planning system could find a renaissance, together with new models of urban planning. Although a lot of mitigation strategies are already implemented, there is the need to deal especially with the consequences of climate change. Adaptation measures have a radical impact on the urban structure. This can change the understanding of a flexible planning system of the last decades. In Germany the federal building code (“Baugesetzbuch”) gives a legal basis for a better integration of climate concepts into the regulated planning system. The “German Adaptation Strategy” focuses on comprehensive planning strategies, on integration of different stakeholders and on resilient urban structures to avoid conflicts between mitigation and adaptation. In the research project “Adaptation Strategies for Stuttgart Region” new adaptation plans and governance structures for two case studies will be developed, and how to implement them in planning instruments like land use plan and local development plan.
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