15th International Congress of Asian Planning Schools Association – APSA 2019

15th International Congress of Asian Planning Schools Association – APSA 2019

Seoul National University – Seoul, South Korea, August 22-24, 2019


Abstract registration deadline February 28, 2019
Submission deadline July 31, 2019


APSA 2019 (15th International Congress of Asia Planning School Association) is will take place in Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea from August 22 to August 24, 2019. Main theme of the conference is “Livable Cities and Innovation,” and topics include: livable city making, spatial injustice and planning, urban analytics, green infrastructure and resilience, energy and environment in Asian cities, and transportation.

Deadline for Abstract and Full Submission (for both Paper and Poster) will be announced soon.

Submission Guidelines

All papers and posters must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference. The following paper categories are welcome:

  • Full papers
  • Posters

Abstracts should be submitted through Easychair. All submitted abstracts will be peer-reviewed by our committes and acceptance notification will be sent by Early March 2019. The language of the conference is English.

List of Topics

  • Topic 1: Livable City MakingMany cities around the world are in the middle of transformation towards more livable cities in terms of living, working, entertaining, and being educated. When it comes to the characteristics of the most livable cities, a number of urban factors come to the mind — walkable streets, costs of living, affordable housing, transportation options, climate, crime rates, culture, and quality jobs. In the session, the manners that contemporary urban planners and designers are re-making the cities more livable will be discussed with related theories, case studies, and field-based research.
  • Topic 2: Spatial Injustice and PlanningPlanning has been actively intervened into the issues of social injustice, which is concretized in spatial forms, including racial segregation, inaccessibility of the vulnerable to public services, gendered crimes in public spaces, to name a few. Along with growing concerns with inclusive cities, spatial justice and the equal rights to the cities are regaining attention of the scholars and practitioners. This session explores the way planning theories and practices have involved in or can contribute to improve social justice. Particular focus will be given, but not limited, to gender issue since it has been rarely dealt with, compared to growing interests in it in both theories and policies. Any topics related to gendered inequality as well as other kinds of injustice and their implications to planning are welcomed to be addressed. Examples of topic may include, certainly not limited to, gender mainstreaming projects in urban planning such as women friendly cities and issues related to rights to the cities, inclusive cities, representations of the minority, gendered and racialized patterns of urban crime and accessibility, and precarity.
  • Topic 3: Urban AnalyticsIn light of the rapid transformation of urban areas as led by the Fourth Industrial Revolution, population decline, and urban regeneration, the section of urban analytics welcomes innovative and cutting-edge research with regard to analytical methods, qualitative and quantitative, for urban planning and landscape architecture. Topics appropriate to this section includes, but not limited to, big data, GIS, spatial analysis, and simulation models in addition to future/smart cities and new and refined formats relevant to the representation of morphological patterns and processes in urban areas.
  • Topic 4: Green Infrastructure and ResilienceSustainable spatial planning is challenging to find more resilient way to the global environmental change – climate change, ecological degradation, or unexpected hazards. What is the mitigation or adaptation strategy for those challenges? How can we incorporate those solutions with the regional to local planning, especially in cities? It needs to discuss with the integrated approach at ecological and social aspects, with the theory and practices across the diverse spatial scales.
  • Topic 5: Energy and Environment in Asian CitiesThe rapid urbanization in Asia brings greater and greater concerns to energy and environmental issues in Asian cities. Increasing energy consumptions and carbon emissions have broad and complex environmental impacts not only locally, but also globally as evidenced in climate change. As consequences, many Asian cities are suffering from local and regional environmental pollutions such as smog, and from more and more frequent disastrous events, such as hurricanes, urban flooding and heatwaves, which are linked to global climate. This session discusses the descriptive and explanatory analyses of the energy and environmental issues in Asian cities to better understand their mechanisms and relations with urban development, and explores related urban planning, design and policies, and their impacts to better tackle those challenges. Topics in this session may include, but are not limited to: urban form and energy, urban energy system, Urban Heat Island (UHI), urban air pollution, urban metabolism, environmental justice, environmental planning and design, low carbon development, and urban energy and environmental policy.
  • Topic 6: TransportationTransport is essential in everyday life to access healthcare services, get to work and school, and meet friends and family. Thus, easy access to transport plays a crucial role to building a stronger and fairer society. However, not everyone in regions and social groups has the ability of easy accessibility. That is why inclusive transport strategies are attracting public attention. Topics of this session include, but not limited to, theoretical foundation of inclusive transport, regional disparity and social inequality in transport, national, regional and urban transport planning and policy achieving equal accessibility, good practices and/or lessons learnt regarding inclusive transport initiatives, and cultural and social issues in inclusive transport.


All questions about submissions should be emailed to APSA2019@gmail.com


More information see: https://easychair.org/cfp/apsa2019