TIME/LESS – Sensing, Planning, Designing in Complex Cities and Regions

28.-29. November, 2024

Time is too often a peripheral element in scholarly and practical discourses. It is frequently treated as a neutral background factor instead of an active force that shapes cities and their planning. However, complex socio-spatial systems continuously evolve and transform over time in ways that are sometimes predictable, and others spontaneous; sometimes slow, and others fast. Planners are at the frontline of this change, and yet, how well do they understand or leverage wisdom about time?

This conference seeks to deepen our understanding of intricate socio-spatial configurations and changes by studying their timing, speed, sequence, durability, and the enduring or fleeting impacts they leave. It welcomes the exploration of dynamics and methodologies characterized by time-sensitive interests. It invites scholars with interdisciplinary backgrounds to delve into innovative analytical, design, and planning methods that can empower planners, policymakers, and designers to better understand and use time in addressing contemporary urban challenges and opportunities across various scales.

Submission details 

  • Target audience: Early career researchers (e.g. PhD candidates) and seniors (e.g. Professors, Seniors Researchers), practitioners with scholars’ interest
  • Abstract Length: up to 350 words
  • Keywords: Provide 3-5 keywords relevant to your submission
  • References: Provide 3-5 major references relevant to your submission
  • Abstract Submission Deadline: 9 June 2024 
  • Extended Abstracts Submission & Registration Deadline: mid-late October 2024

Submit via https://forms.gle/w5XQxQnr7yUZ1Ehc7

The event is organised by Robin Chang, Fabio Bayro Kaiser and Stefano Cozzolino (local organising team 2024), with support from Christian Lamker and Ward Rauws (thematic group coordinators). Contact via email: