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09/06/2018 - 09/07/2018 | Aachen

GROWING BAD? The Regional Sub-Urban Housing Challenge. International Research Perspectives

The two-day scientific symposium will focus on regional housing markets under structural pressures and their implications on suburban development. The aim is to clarify links and interdependencies between the coordination and regional redistribution of housing demand within the urban and sub-urban context of growing urban areas in industrialized countries.

At the same time, it seeks to analytically grasp implications of diversifying functional requirements and forms of accommodation on housing within the existing suburban environment. By asking how to accommodate inhabitants within the competitive setting of urban-suburban settlement patterns, the focus will be on trends that break traditional rules and practices through innovative approaches in regional governance, land and housing estate management as well as urban design.

The first day, titled Understanding Housing in a Regional Suburban Context, is dedicated to theoretical and analytical grounding of general development strategies and practices for accommodating housing demand within the urban-suburban interrelations of local governments, private stakeholders and members of the public. The sessions will map the conceptual landscapes of the wide field of urban-suburban relationships in the regional context of housing, drawing from results of empirical research on pull-push factors such as land availability and market practices, organizational frameworks and stakeholders’ roles. In addition, opportunities and challenges arising from digitalization and related new practices, and regional data analytic frameworks aimed at integrating multiple objectives and agendas will be discussed.

The second day, titled Materializing Housing Supply, will analyse real estate investments and their interrelation to the demand and supply gaps on one hand and the financial market framework vs. public subsidies on the other. It is dedicated to a critical review of housing concepts dealing with extensive land use and sprawl. The sessions will further draw attention to the post-suburban redevelopment and reutilization of existing residential and non-residential sites through densification, infill, and retrofitting of post-suburban business locations to meet the currently diversifying demands of the housing market.

The symposium language is English. Target groups include researchers on metropolitan urban development covering disciplines of regional governance, planning, urban design and data analysis and processing, who are working in the field of housing.

Organisational Matters

Reiff Building
Main Campus, RWTH Aachen University
Schinkelstraße 1
52062 Aachen

Event Organisers

ILS – Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development Dortmund / Aachen
RWTH Aachen University, Faculty of Architecture
University of Luxembourg, Faculté des Lettres, des Sciences Humaines, des Arts et des Sciences de l‘Education, IPSE

Supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation, DFG)

Contact / Information
Jan Polivka
Tel.: +49 (0)231 9051 252

Fabienne Scheid
Tel.: +49 (0)241 4099 45 10

Information on participating / attending:
Registration for participating at Growing Bad

In order to participate at the symposium as a listener a registration is required for organisational reasons. Listed below are important dates and payment information:

Participant registration early bird
July 16 – August 15, 2018

Participant registration standard August 15 – August 31, 2018

Program Participation Fee
Students Free
PhD candidates, PhD holders, officials of
public bodies, NGOs, NPOs and universities

Early bird 100,- EUR
Standard 150,- EUR

All others Early bird 200,- EUR
Standard 300,- EUR


09/06/2018 08:00 - 09/07/2018 17:45

Registration deadline:


Event venue:

RWTH Aachen University,
Main Campus, Reiff Building
52062 Aachen

Target group:

Scientists and scholars



Subject areas:

Art / design, Construction / architecture, Economics / business administration, Politics, Social studies

Types of events:

Conference / symposium / (annual) conference




Dr. Tanja Ernst


Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit/ Wissenstransfer

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