July 17   Le Corbusier   15:55 - 17:25   |   Strategy, Enviroment

Exception as a Rule. How the Approach to Urban Planning Is Changing

The established approach to urban planning regulation, formed in the twentieth century, requires a city to have an approved general plan for the urban development and a plan for construction regulation. However, in the wake of the dramatic changes in the cities and their management, it is essential to start a fundamental revision of the modern legal and strategic regulation. The new models of urban regulation are tested through limited interventions, which later, if successful, are expanded to the whole city. Barcelona is experimenting with the size of neighbourhoods and partial limitations to the traffic. Poland is reforming the socialist planning system with an emphasis on the feasibility of the plans. Italy is advancing the urban planning approach based on the living rhythms of the citizens.

  •  What forms of urban regulation cause cities to grow and thrive? 
  • Can interventions become the foundation of the city’s long-term strategy? 
  • To what extent can the experimental forms of urban regulation make the city better for the citizens and small business? 


Alexei Novikov
President, Habidatum


Vicente Guallart
Research supervisor, HSE
Kristina Ishkhanova
Deputy CEO, Foundation of the Unified Development Institute in the Housing Sector
Marina Lepeshkina
CEO, Research Territory Development Architecture (RTDA)
Michael Rosenberger
Senior Strategic Planner, City of Vienna
Anton Finogenov
Director General of Urbanica Territorial Planning Institute
Ric Stephens
President, ISOCARP
Alexandr Lozhkin
Advisor to the Mayor of Novosibirsk