Stay tuned for details on the 2014 SCARP Student Symposium,
February 7, 2014
How can we work toward building resilient and inclusive cities in the face of deeply complex environmental, social, and economic challenges? Join us as we explore opportunities for
This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of Horst Rittel and Melvin’s Webber’s seminal publication that framed the challenges confronting planners as “wicked problems.” These problems are inherently hard to define and therefore difficult to address. They are constantly evolving and encompass many interacting systems. Improving the resilience of our towns, cities, and regions to wicked problems like climate change, demographic change, and structural shifts in our economy is a critical issue for the next generation of planners.
Understanding the space around us as a complex web of interdependent pieces and challenges has tremendous implications for planning, but it is unclear how this framing can be translated into practice. Together we will explore tools and strategies we can use in our practice to embrace the complexity of our towns, regions, and cities.