An Urbanicity Alert


For more than 20 years experts from all around the world meet at the annual REAL CORP conferences to present and discuss the latest development and trends in urban development and information society, smart cities, real estate, urban and transport technologies, mobility, energy, ecology and related fields in all their aspects.

After an extensive first round of peer review we are glad to present the (preliminary) list of presentations of the upcoming REAL CORP 2019 conference.

Take a look at! (The same link will lead you to all later versions of this list as well as the final conference programme, so feel free to add it to your bookmarks.)


24th International Conference on Urban Planning
and Regional Development in the Information Society
GeoMultimedia 2019

2-4 APRIL 2019

(Welcome and Ice Breaking Event on pre-conference evening: Monday, 1 April,
Post Congress Excursion on Friday morning, 5 April 2019)


Perfect Smart Cities vs. Real Emotional Cities


REAL CORP – Meeting Place for Urban and Technology Experts from all over the World

We received conference registrations from 41 countries in the world – take a look at our Participants World Map.

REAL CORP 2019 Host Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Location of Innovation an Research – Karlsruhe: Welcome to the largest scientific institution in Germany, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Karlsruhe as a location for research and innovation enjoys an international reputation. The greater Karlsruhe area is one of the TOP 10 in Europe. Nationwide leading institutions with an international reputation such as the three Fraunhofer Institutes and the ZKM – Center for Art and Media, which is unique in the world, give the city and the greater Karlsruhe area an enormous degree of popularity. The dense network of universities, research institutes and high-tech companies makes Karlsruhe an outstanding center of innovation. With the merger of the University of Karlsruhe (TH) and the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH (FZK) in 2009 into the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the largest scientific institution in Germany was established with an annual budget of around 800 million euros. With more than 9,000 employees, KIT is one of the world's largest research and teaching institutions with outstanding international potential in the natural and engineering sciences. The KIT is both a state university and
a major research institution in the Helmholtz Association.

Research, teaching and innovation from Karlsruhe enjoy an international reputation and are developed from the idea to the flagship project for the whole of Europe and beyond.

Who should attend?

  • Urban development experts from policy, administration, special interest groups, and NGOs:
  • chambers of commerce
  • local authorities
  • municipalities
  • ministries
  • national and regional institutes
  • committees
  • federations, associations
  • ...

Researchers (graduates as well as students):

  • urban/spatial planning
  • architecture and urban design
  • mobility and transportation
  • regional science
  • smart cities
  • energy planning
  • landscape and environmental planning
  • ...

Actors and representatives from economy, commerce, and industry:

  • urban planners, mobility planners, environmental experts, planning agencies
  • architects, architectural offices
  • engineers, consulting engineers
  • smart city specialists
  • urban, transportation, environmental technology providers
  • real estate developers
  • building promoters
  • infrastructure builders and operators (road, rail, resource management)
  • telecommunication and IT experts, service providers
  • experts from commerce and industry
  • international consultants


To register for conference participation, please sign up at


The REAL CORP 2019 main conference topics


  • REAL CORP 2019 special challenge: Real Smart Cities – Squaring the Circle? Enormous savings, huge profits, happy people – sustainable, resilient, for all
  • Changes in the physical structure of cities due to digitisation
  • Real World Territories vs. Info Spaces
  • Tradition vs. Branding: Keeping and creating the identity, the spirit, the emotions of cities and places. Is “branding” the tool for new places to create identity or for existing places to “upgrade”?
  • Real Smart Cities – High Tech and High Quality of Life: best practises and concepts for the future

    - integrated/holistic approaches;

    - sectoral solutions (energy/smart grid; resource management; people mobility; freight transport and logistics; smart government; data and information infrastructures; smart buildings, smart housing, smart home; smart health, education, entertainment; smart retail; internet of things; urban farming; safety and security; …)

    - governmental vs. industrial vs. civil society driven approaches
  • Things hardly mentioned in “Smart Cities propaganda” - the “other side of the city” (informal settlements; refugees camps; brownfields; traditional industrial areas, slaughterhouses, …; huge logistic and retail zones; waste (water) treatment; cemeteries; “no-go areas”; urban heat islands …)
  • How do we decode the context of a city and can we measure or describe people’s perceptions?
  • Feel-Good Places – how to create, how to maintain? (urban design; mix of uses; existence or absence of strict regulations; sounds vs. noise; managing urban microclimate; memories, historical remains; nature in the city, art,;performances; ...)
  • City OF things or city FOR people?
  • Real Estate Development and Urban Planning: competitors or partners?
  • Role of Urban Planning and Urban Planners in shaping the City of the Future (advisors, masterplanners, moderators/mediators, designers, integrators, …; cultural differences in urban planning and the use of technology)
  • Digitisation trends in urban planning?

    - Tools – advances in technology
    (Evolution of GIS and DSS?; from Building Information Modelling (BIM) to City Information Modelling (CIM); Artificial Intelligence? (AI); Designing with Virtual Reality (once again!)? 3D printing, consumer 3d printing (c3dp), ...)

    - Sources of information (remote sensing, LIDAR/Laser Scanning, drones/unmanned vehicles, floating vehicle data, real time data, sensor networks, “Big Data”, …)

    - Accessibility of information and data (Open Government Data (OGD), Open Source, user and crowd generated content, news from INSPIRE?, international and global data initiatives, …)

    - Mindset – trust or mistrust in instruments, methods, processes?
  • What about the countryside? (“Smart Country”; Digitisation in the context of „rethinking the concept of villages“ and its potential benefits; …)

Other interesting events

55th ISOCARP Congress, Jakarta, Indonesia, 9-13 September 2019: Beyond the Metropolis:

Moving towards Smart Cities: Tackling Urban Challenges Using Technology-Based Solutions, Wednesday 13th February 2019 Central Brussels

Urban Future Global Conference 2019: CityChangers, are you in? 22-24 May 2019, Oslo, Norway,

CHANGING CITIES IV: Spatial, Design, Landscape and socioeconomic dimensions, 24-29 June 2019, Chania, Crete Island, Greece,

AGIT 2019THE spatial view, 3-5 July 2019, Salzburg, Austria

Enviroinfo 2019: Environmental Informatics – Computational sustainability: ICT methods to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals, 23-26 September 2019, Kassel, Germany


Co-operation partners

REAL CORP 2019 is a co-operation of

CORP – Competence Center of Urban and Regional Planning,
KIT Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Department of Town Quarter Planning,
ISOCARP – International Society of City and Regional Planners,

Best regards from Vienna,

Manfred Schrenk, Clemens Beyer and the REAL CORP Team


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