Embracing ComplexCity

February 7, 2014


Thank you to everyone who participated in our Symposium on Friday! A special thank you to the many student volunteers who made it happen! Remember to check the #CmplxCty hashtag on Twitter and keep the conversation going!

Click here to download a copy of the program. A map of the Symposium rooms can be found here.


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
Embracing ComplexCity!

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.

This year we’ve again partnered with the Planning Institute of British Columbia and Yukon (PIBC) to offer 7.5 Organized/Structured CPD Learning Units to PIBC members.