Monday, July 20, 2009

Modeling Spaces - Modifying Societies

International Conference

Modeling Spaces - Modifying Societies

7 - 9 October 2009
Fraunhofer IGD, Darmstadt, Germany

The conference is organized by the graduate program Topology of
Technology of the Darmstadt University of Technology.

Registration is now open on the conference website

This conference aims to increase our understanding of the power and limitations of models, their construction and effects in the sciences and in fields of practice. It provides a forum for the discussion of qualitative and quantitative models composed of verbal propositions, numerical abstractions, and visualizations - and their distinctive spatial dimension.

Of particular interest are issues that cut across established scientific disciplines and analyze the boundaries between science, technology, society, and politics.


Oct 7

18:00 Reception and address of welcome: Petra Gehring and Mikael Hård
(TU Darmstadt)

19:00 1st keynote address

Paul N. Edwards (University of Michigan)
Versions of the Atmosphere: Climate Models, Data Models, Global Space
and Time

Oct 8

8:00 Registration

8:30 Introduction: Josef Wiemeyer

9:00 2nd keynote address

Oskar von Stryk (TU Darmstadt)
Models and Simulation in Engineering: Dynamics of Motion and Robot

10:30 Coffee Break

11:00 Parallel Sessions

Stream 1: E1-E3
Epistemology and Reflection

Stream 2: P1-P3
Production and Planning

Stream 3: A1-A3
Application and Resistance

E1 Simulation and Prototypes (Chair: Josef Wiemeyer)
Witold-Roger Poganietz: CarboMoG. An Instrument to Manage Carbon Flows
Sabine Höhler: A Model of Sustainability? (Biosphere 2)
Juan Manuel Durán: Computer Models Revisited

P1 Mode(l)s of Planning (Chair: Frauke Nowak)
Alfonso Valenzuela-Aguilera: Rhizome Cities
Liam Sharratt: Models as Mediators of Design. The Case of BREEAM
Christa Kamleithner: Early Theories on Zoning

A1 Failed Futures (Chair: Mikael Hård)
Lino Camprubi: Appetite for Destruction. Models and the Sciences of
Construction in Early Francoist Spain
Sandmeier, Stefan: The Cybernetic Vision of a Swiss Integral Concept for
Transport (1972-77)
Sebastian Ureta: Modeling Future Passengers of Public Transport in
Santiago, Chile

13:00 Lunch Break

14:00 3rd keynote address

Amy Hillier (University of Pennsylvania)
Mapping Social Patterns: The Making and Unmaking of Inequality

15:30 Coffee Break

16:00 Parallel Sessions

E2 Communicating Spatial Information (Chair: Frauke Nowak)
Katrina Boulding: Technology as Landscape
Susan Drucker, Gary Gumpert: Urban Planning and Urban Communication
Maria Prieto: Networking Place Models

P2 Retrieving Spatial Information (Chair: Josef Wiemeyer)
Toshiyuki Kaneda: Potential to Space Modeling Through Pedestrian Agent
John Zacharias: Environmental Determinants of Non-motorized Behavior
Rodrigo Mora: Retrieving Hierarchical Information from Spatial Networks

A2 Spatial Power of Models (Chair: Susanne Schregel)
Florentina Hausknotz: Cities on the Verge of Spatial War
Cesar Garcia-Diaz: The Dynamics of Rural-to-urban Migration in an
Evolutionary Model
Sebastian Haumann: Seeking Urban Order - Modernism and Segregation

20:00 Dinner at Jagdhofkeller

Oct 9

9:30 Parallel Sessions

E3 Dealing with Uncertainties (Chair: Sonja Palfner)
Jannes Fröhlich: Model-based Climate Projections in Administrative
Maurice Ertsen: Hydraulic Models in Archaeology
Florian Keil, Stefan Liehr: A (Self-) Critical Thought on the Use of
Modelling in Transdisciplinary Research. The
Case of Environmental Risk Management

P3 Participation and Spatial Planning (Chair: Sebastian Haumann)
Margarita Greene: Neighborhood Construction
Dagmar Haase: Simulating Future Land Use Change in Urban Regions
Christian Derix: Generating and Measuring Public Realm

A3 Sustainability and Stakeholders (Chair: Philipp Benz)
Reinhard König: Computer-based Methods for a Socially Sustainable Urban
and Regional Planning
Geraldine Abrami: Supporting Case Studies/Comparison with a Generic
Model of Urban-rural Water Related Interdependencies
Martin Zimmermann: Water Supply Systems in the Context of Cybernetics
and Sustainable Development

11:30 Lunch Break

12:30 4th keynote address

Roland W. Scholz (ETH Zürich)
Transdisciplinarity, System Sciences, and Prospective Modeling in
Regional Transformation

14:00 Panel Discussion

15:30 End

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