An Urbanicity Alert: REAL CORP 2018


the Call for Papers is open until 7 December 2017 for


23rd International Conference on Urban Planning
and Regional Development in the Information Society

Expanding Cities – Diminishing Space

4-6 APRIL 2018

Cities are growing. Retreat and regeneration areas are getting smaller. This brings along enormous challenges and threats.

At the same time there are unprecedented technologies that might help solve the issues.

Can “Smart Technologies” and “Smart Cities” be the answer on how to handle the challenges of urban growth? What is the role of urban planning in those highly dynamic developments?

We invite researchers and practitioners from the world of urban planning, urban technologies and related disciplines to propose presentations for REAL CORP 2018 via Your abstract should indicate the topic of your presentation and how the paper will make an original contribution to the subject.



Introduction to the conference topics

Cities are not only growing in population, but are expanding in area. Even with constant number of inhabitants there is a demand for more space. As a consequence cities also grow into 3rd dimension: “up into the sky” and “going underground”. Many cities kind of expand in time, become “cities that never sleep”, extending their urban activities to 24 hours per day all the year round – 24/365. Even in countries and regions with constant or declining population numbers, it is still the cities that attract people. However, at the same time the “spaces in between”, especially agricultural land, but also natural retreats and buffer zones, are diminishing.

Questions arise on how to deal with these problems at short notice, and what has to be done to find solutions to these challenges thinking in long-term strategies – the challenges and problems seem huge. More and more unprecedented (urban) technologies are available to monitor and manage cities. An essential aspect is to overcome “disciplinary approaches” and having a holistic view of the city – an approach that urban planners claim to have been using forever.

REAL CORP 2018 is going to show the current state of the art and to present projects and approaches for the use of future urban technologies.

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These are some proposed topics for your contribution to REAL CORP 2018:

  • Facts behind Urban Expansion
  • Exceeding the City Limits, Urbanisation Continues
  • Housing, Infrastructure, Commercial development
  • GIS, 3D and 4-Dimensional Planning, BIM
  • Vacant Countryside
  • Migration
  • Future Mobility
  • Soil Sealing
  • Energy of the Future
  • Scarcity of Resources
  • Expansion of the Internet, Big Data
  • Cities as Liveable, Accessible, Human-Oriented Places

Please feel free to add your own research topics on “Expanding Cities – Diminishing Space” when submitting an abstract.



Submission of abstract until 7 December 2017

Feedback on general acceptance until 17 December 2017

Full paper for reviewing has to be submitted until 8 January 2018

Reviewing process until 31 January 2018

Final version of full paper for publication until 15 February 2018


Registration and abstract submission

To register and submit your abstract, please go to and sign up for conference participation. If your abstract is not accepted, you may withdraw your registration free of charge. If your abstract is accepted, your registration is automatically confirmed.

If your institution wants to send a larger number of conference participants, please get into contact with us via e-mail ( to arrange individual conditions.

If necessary, remember to apply for your Schengen visa in time as the visa application procedure is likely to take a couple of weeks. Further information:


Early bird conference fees

  • Standard fee EUR 390.- (early bird registration until 31 January 2018)
  • Student fee EUR 250.- (early bird registration until 31 January 2018, confirmation of study required)

Each conference fee includes one person's unlimited access on all conference days of REAL CORP 2018, catering on all conference days (coffee breaks, lunch breaks), 1 conference presentation including publication of your paper in the conference proceedings, participation at side events of REAL CORP 2018 (informal welcome meeting, evening reception, excursions and guided expert tours) as long as no additional service charge is mentioned, conference materials incl. proceedings (CD-ROM version). Advanced conditions apply if more than one paper per person is published.


Partner Event

54th ISOCARP Congress, Bodø, Norway, 1-5 October 2018: Cool Planning: "Changing Climate and Our Urban Future" [More information]


Co-operation partners

REAL CORP 2018 is a co-operation of



It would be a great honour to be able to welcome you to REAL CORP 2018 in April in Vienna. All further information on REAL CORP 2018 can be found at as usual.

With best regards from Vienna,

Manfred Schrenk, Clemens Beyer and the REAL CORP Team

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