|27 SEPTEMBER, FRIDAY
14.00 – 14.15
14.15 – 15.45
Moderators: Iván Tosics and Éva Gerőházi
15.45 – 16.15
16.15 – 17.45
Specific questions for the panelist:
Introduction: Mark Stephens (Heriot-Watt University)
Panelists: M. Ball (University of Reading), J. Aidukaite (Lithuanian Social Research Centre), W. Matznetter (Universität Wien), J. Hoekstra (OTB), Z. Pósfai (Periféria Policy and Research Centre)
Moderator: J. Hegedüs (MRI)
28 SEPTEMBER, SATURDAY
SESSION 1A: URBAN DEVELOPMENT AFTER POST-SOCIALISM: WHERE ARE POST-SOCIALIST CITIES AND WHERE ARE THEY HEADING?
In this session the planning systems of large cities are discussed, highlighting the causes of changes: the fluctuating political and institutional/governance systems and relations. Issues to be tackled might include financialization, the leading role of investors, residualization and fragmentation of the social sector, internal decentralization of city governance, in parallel to centralization of decision making power to the national level (at least in Hungary) and glocalisation. Who are the winners and who are the losers of these changes? To what extent are large cities in the CEE region getting farther away from the ideal of sustainable and inclusive cities? An essential part of the question is how and by whom are decisions taken and influenced and how can unfavorable tendencies be tackled and changed.
Input presentations will be about Prague, Warsaw, and Budapest.
Short statements from Belgrade (Mina Petrovic), Bucharest (Catalin Berescu), Moscow (Sasha Puzanov); a view about urban sprawl (Vera Iváncsics)
Moderators: Iván Tosics and Nóra Teller
11.15 – 12.30 Session 1A.2
With the passing of time since 1990, it is increasingly difficult to find publications which focus specifically on post-socialist cities – although the debate about this group of cities is far from being finished. Significantly different views coexist. Some analysts argue that the ‘post-socialist’ category has lost its relevance, and the present development direction of post-socialist cities coincides with the mainstream of capitalist cities. Others argue that post-socialist cities have undergone multiple waves of transformations, and some of these have not been completed yet. Finally, there are analysts who predict the survival of the category of the ’post-socialist city’, either due to the emergence of a new divide within the EU, or to recent political developments. We plan to have impulse statements (in person or through pre-recorded video, all TBC) from Sonja Hirt, Ludek Sykora, and Kiril Stanilov.
Preliminary list of panel members (all TBC): Iván Szelényi, Zoltán Kovács, Judit Bodnár, Tuna Tasan-Kok.
Moderators: Iván Tosics and Nóra Teller
SESSION 1B: NEW TRENDS IN HOUSING SYSTEMS AFTER THE GFC (WITH SPECIAL EMPHASIS ON POST-SOCIALIST HOUSING SYSTEMS)
Regulating housing markets
A low-regulation, market-centered approach dominated housing and housing finance policy from the early 1990s, until the Global Financial Crisis exposed its limitations. Now, a decade later, rising housing prices and rents are creating pressure for looser lending terms combined with stricter rental market regulations. The detailed program depends on the interest of the potential participants. The session will focus on two areas: mortgage market regulation and its effects, and rent regulation of dynamic urban rental markets.
Introduction: Júlia Király (IBS Budapest) and Stefan Kofner (HSZG)
Panelists: Robert Buckley (The Urban Institute), Achim Dubel (Finpolconsult), Jacek Laszek (National Bank of Poland), Thomas Knorr Siedow (Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus – Senftenberg)
Moderator: Douglas B. Diamond (Housing finance expert)
11.15 – 12.30 Session 1B.2
This session invites good practices from the international arena which yield promising results in their current environment, and might hold potential to be transferred and adapted to post-transition environments. Some conceived by international agencies (Habitat for Humanity, Council of Europe Development Bank etc.), municipalities, housing cooperatives, policy professionals, or initiated by grassroots movements, experimental approaches have been deployed across Europe and the globe to foster secure and affordable housing in a sustainable manner against an international pressure on housing prices and costs. Besides presenting promising solutions, the session will also address their transferability and adaptability in different circumstances.
Introduction: Samir Kulenovic (CEB)(TBC)
Panelists: Jennfer Duyne Barenstein (ETH Centre for Research on Architecture, Society and the Built Environment), Nicola Brandt (OECD), Edit Lakatos (Housing Europe), Knutt Höller (IWO), Éva Gerőházi (MRI), Hanna Szemző (MRI)
Moderator: György Sümeghy (Habitat for Humanity EMEA)
SESSION 1C: THE ROLE OF HERITAGE IN URBAN DEVELOPMENT
Under-used heritage sites in need of new functions, and areas in need of new development in urban areas make adaptive re-use a fine and often employed development tool. The possible uses are manifold, ranging from cultural places to housing, offering the chance of producing new values and strengthening local identity. However, this re-use process is fraught with challenges, especially if long-term sustainability (in a social, economic and environmental sense) is to be reached. Putting the importance and limitations of bottom-up initiatives, the role of local and extended communities in the decision making system, and the responsibilities different stakeholders bear, the sessions aims to understand if socialism still has a lasting impact on urban policies by comparing practices of cities from different post-socialist and old EU member state cities.
Moderators: Hanna Szemző and Andrea Tönkő
12.30 – 14.00
14.00 – 17.30
14.00 – 15.30 Session 2A
New participatory models, innovations to foster citizen inclusion will be discussed in this session, including recent efforts towards social innovation, such as urban commons, and the idea of the cooperative city. Preliminary list of contributions:
14.00 – 15.30 Session 2B
New developments in the post-socialist housing regimes
After the Global Financial Crisis, post-socialist housing systems appear to diverge. The crisis and the subsequent recession affected different countries in different ways in the region, suggesting a long-standing future divergence of Central and Eastern European housing systems. The session focus on new innovative or less innovative interventions in post-socialist countries.
Moderator: Martin Lux (Czech Academy of Science )
Panelist: Alexander Puzanov (Institute for Urban Economics), Richard Sendi (Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia), Gojko Bezovan (University of Zagrab), Mina Petrovics (University of Belgrade), Eszter Somogyi (MRI)
Moderator: J. Hegedüs (MRI)
15.30 – 16.00
16.00 – 17.30 Session 3A
This session addresses the topics of innovative bottom-up approaches in population movements and in the cooperation and networking between cities progressing towards more equitable urban development. Preliminary list of contributors:
16.00 – 17.30 Session 3B
Introduction: Marja Elsinga (TU Delft)
Panelist: Judit Durst (UCL Dpt. of Anthropology), Stepan Ripka (Charles University in Prague), Olszewski, Krzysztof (National Bank of Poland), Adriene Csizmady (MTA TK SZI), Lorand András, Zsolt Pünkösti (Romanian Maltese Relief Service (SAMR), Anna Bajomi (Politechnic University of Milan), Vera Horváth (MRI)
Moderator: Nóra Teller (MRI)
17.30 – 18.00
29 SEPTEMBER, SUNDAY