Special Call for Papers 30 April – 15 July

Emergencies, Disasters, Epidemics and the Role of Urban Planning

Since the beginning of this year the world, economy and society have changed dramatically. Even if it is too late for the current pandemic, in retrospect this raises some questions:

  • How did this pandemic come about?
  • What mistakes were made in the perception of the approaching disaster? What could have been avoided, what could have been done in a different way?
  • To which extent was the rapid spread of the virus favoured by our lifestyle of unlimited mobility and freedom? Conversely: What restrictions will be necessary and reasonable in the future to be able to react better to further such events?
  • What has been insufficiently considered by the planning discipline so far and why?
  • How much will public life change in the future and what consequences will this have for architecture and planning?
  • How important will one's own neighbourhood be in the future?
  • What influence do current precautions have on the use and significance of public space, also in the future?

After events in February and March overtook us and we accordingly postponed our conference to September, we all had to adapt to a new lifestyle. Our mobility was reduced to a minimum, the economy was shut down on a large scale and all available resources were concentrated on fighting the pandemic and its far-reaching consequences. It may not be possible to complete a scientific paper on this subject by the summer which meets the usual quality standards. Nevertheless, we would like to encourage you to send your contributions to

Emergencies, Disasters, Epidemics and the Role of Urban Planning

to be submitted. What topics, what content do we expect from your submissions?

  • Looking back on the acute crisis: Where did a failure of the public authorities manifest itself and to what extent were these effects felt? What mistakes could have been made? Would they have been avoidable?
  • Your personal experience of the crisis situation: How did your country, your city, your business and personal environment react to the new challenges?
  • Which role will scenarios play in future planning? What do we have to take into account in the future to be able to react to spontaneous events? What methods and resources will be required for this?
  • The technical side of the crisis: What role do simulation and scenario tools play? Would their use be expandable or are they not yet mature enough for this? “Corona Apps”: Can (location-based) Big Data be used to better master the crisis or is this just a perfidious pretext to get even closer to the transparent human being?
  • The ethical component of the crisis – how far can restrictions go, how can they be balanced with the negative consequences of the pandemic? What does this mean for the future availability of data and what will this change in planning practise?
  • Long-term effects of the pandemic: Will there be far-reaching social and economic changes? Which local and regional effects induced by the sudden short-term halt to globalisation will remain or have lasting effects? Do we need to redefine gLOCALisation?
  • Will neighbourhoods change in the future and will public space take on a new meaning?
  • Which participation tools will be obsolete in the future and which will be added?
  • Can planning already take measures now to avert similar events in the future?

Your contribution does not have to be a finished full paper. In a first step we will collect all submissions and on this basis we will give the special programme item a framework and format. Parts of the special programme will be dealt with directly at the conference, other parts will take place online, and there will also be the possibility to contribute directly to the conference via online statements.

In a second step, you will have the opportunity to submit your contribution in an adequate scope, depending on the available time budget and the content framework, this may be:

  • Abstract
  • Extended abstract (long abstract)
  • Full non-reviewed paper
  • Full reviewed paper (depending on the availability of our reviewer team)
  • Field report
  • Impulse statement
  • ... or another format according to your suggestions.

Submission Guidelines

Please register as conference participant on MY.CORP and choose the “Special Corona Fee” there. You are not obliged to pay this fee at this stage, but have the opportunity to submit your contribution to MY.CORP. To do so, select “I want to speak at the conference” and follow the instructions on the screen. We will acknowledge the receipt of your upload in due time.

At the end of the Call for Papers we will review and organise the material sent to us. Subsequently, we will contact you to agree individually on how your contribution should look like and to what extent you will contribute to the conference or our online event series VIRTUAL CORP. This will also determine the final amount of the conference fee to be agreed.

Conference date postponed from April to September

Dear participants, friends and supporters of REAL CORP,

as you might have expected during the last couple of days, it has now become fact that due to the current situation all over the world REAL CORP 2020 has to be postponed.

Public life in Europe has more or less come to a standstill, business trips and crossing borders are prohibited at a large scale. These circumstances made the toughest and most painful decision inevitable that we have had to make in 25 years of CORP history: we have to postpone the date of REAL CORP 2020 conference! It hurts a lot, but in the end we were relieved of the decision, events of this kind are currently not possible in Germany and Central Europe.

During the last 48 hours we were in permanent negotations with our partners from RWTH Aachen in Germany, and we are happy to announce that we could already fix a new date. So, please save the date:

REAL CORP 2020 is going to take place from 15 to 18 September 2020.

We hope very much that you can join us in September at RWTH in Aachen.

There will be accompanying and additional measures for REAL CORP 2020 during the original timeframe, that is mid of April 2020, as well as in the preparation phase until September to ensure an even better and more extensive conference experience:

* there will be remote digital activities on the original date in April 2020,
* the conference proceedings will be published as planned,
* the detailed programme has been prepared and will be used as a basis for a later date,
* we still have a few ideas in the quiver, how we can make an even better event out of necessity.

We are going to further inform on details during the upcoming days and weeks.