13th CITTA Annual Conference on Planning Research

18 de Abril 2021 (new deadline)

Call for abstracts

The idea of planning for human scale cities is not new. Many have argued in its favour for several decades. But never has it been so strongly needed and more widely recognised as today. One year into the COVID 19 pandemic and still with an uncertain future, cities all over the world have witnessed unprecedented movements for change. The general lockdown of hundreds of cities has led people to recognise the importance of closeness: to other people; to everyday activities; to high-quality public space, amongst others. Planning the human scale city raises issues of quality of life in urban environments that largely surpass the concerns with economic development and market surplus. It emphasises the role of cities in providing quality of life and pleasurable experiences, encompassing physical and psychological environments. This human-centred approach focusses on the user-friendliness of urban environment and on generating lively and liveable cities. The 13th CITTA conference invites you to contribute to this debate.

This edition of the CITTA conference hosts the final conference of the BooST research project, focused on boosting cycling strategies in starter cycling cities. Inspired by this project, this conference looks to host a galvanizing discussion on this and other human-scale city planning approaches.


The conference comprises plenary sessions and parallel thematic sessions on the following topics:

  1. Planning for the Bicycle: Supporting Human Scale Cities.

  2. Urban form and the environment: Human Scale Planning.

  3. Transformative Planning and Well-being: Human Scale Governance Arrangements.

  4. Transport Engineering and Planning: Human Scale Mobility Systems.

- New Deadline for submission of the abstracts: 18 April 2021.

- Conference: 02 July 2021 (Given the current uncertainty caused by COVID 19, contingencies are being prepared for a totally online conference if necessary. A final decision will be taken in accordance with upcoming guidelines from national authorities.)


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