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Sir Patrick Geddes Commemorative Lecture by Wulf Daseking

The Freiburg Approach to Sustainable Urbanism

Tuesday, 22 September 2015 at 5:45PM - 8:00PM
The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NE, UK
£15 (+ VAT) = £18
RTPI Scotland

Wulf Daseking

Wulf DasekingWulf Daseking is Professor at the University of Freiburg’s Institute of Sociology. He was Chief Planning Officer in Freiburg between 1984 and 2012 where his main focus was on Rieselfeld, Vauban and inner city planning, the project Soziale Stadt (“Social City”) project, public spaces and citizen participation. He has been involved in the development and implementation of more than 100 development plans and has staged 80 public design competitions. Wulf  lectures to universities including Kaiserslautern, Darmstadt and Stuttgart. He is a member of the Architectural Association of the State of Baden-Württemberg; the Association of German Architects; the Academy of Urban Development and Regional Planning in Berlin; the Forum Building Culture; the German Association of Cities / Working Group on Urban Planning and the German Sustainable Building Council advisory board. He is also an honorary member of the Academy of Urbanism.  Wulf’s philosophy, in his own words, are

“Since I started working as a planner I have advocated the development of dense,heterogeneous cities, urban development that is oriented towards public transportation, decentralised urban development and cities of short distances that enjoy social equilibrium and differentiated citizen participation.  Development processes must include all stages of urban planning from formulating concepts to final, detailed implementation – an all-around approach to urban planning ! Seen in this context, planning ceases to be governed exclusively by budgets and becomes a question of attitude. The overriding principle is to achieve a balance between economy, ecology, cultural diversity and most importantly - social aspects. To a great extent, urban planning is social planning ! “Civitas – quo vadis“? The ecological renovation of our cities and the effects of demographic changes, together with endeavours to address the problems of social imbalance, will be the main topics  of future urban planning.”


17.45  Arrival and registration

18.00  Welcome and Introduction by Pam Ewen, Convenor of RTPI Scotland

18.15  Lecture by Wulf Daseking, followed by questions

19.15  Vote of Thanks

19.25  Drinks reception

20.00  Departures

Sir Patrick Geddes

Patrick Geddes is widely regarded as the founder of modern town planning. His interest in the natural sciences led him to a professorship at Dundee University in botany, after which he developed his interest in sociology and planning. He lived most of his life in Edinburgh during which he established the Edinburgh Social Union, promoted a wide range of sympathetic redevelopment and conservation schemes the length of the Royal Mile and founded a publishing company. He published seminal texts such as "Cities in Evolution", spent time in India as Chair in Sociology at Bombay University, planned the Hebrew University at Jerusalem and finally retired to France where he founded the College des Ecossais in Montpellier. He was knighted in London in the year of his death.

This event is kindly sponsored by


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The event is supported by the Sir Patrick Geddes Memorial Trust, the Saltire Society and the Academy of Urbanism