International Conference

Modeling Spaces – Modifying Societies

7 – 9 October 2009, Fraunhofer IGD, Darmstadt, Germany

The conference is organized by the graduate program Topology of

Technology of the Darmstadt University of Technology.

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The conference aims to increase our understanding of the power and

limitations of models, their construction and effects in the sciences

and in fields of practice. It provides a forum for the discussion of

qualitative and quantitative models composed of verbal propositions,

numerical abstractions, and visualizations – and their distinctive

spatial dimension.

Of particular interest are issues that cut across established scientific

disciplines and analyze the boundaries between science, technology,

society, and politics.


Stream 1: E1-E3

Epistimology and Reflection

Stream 2: P1-P3

Production and Planning

Stream 3: A1-A3

Application and Resistance

Wedn. Oct. 7


Reception and address of welcome: Petra Gehring and Mikael Hård


1st keynote address: Paul N. Edwards (University of Michigan): Versions

of the Atmosphere: Climate Models, Data Models, Global Space and Time

Thurs. Oct. 8


Introduction: Josef Wiemeyer


2nd keynote address: Oskar von Stryk (TU Darmstadt): Models and

Simulation in Engineering: Dynamics of Motion and Robot Intelligence


Coffee Break


Parallel Sessions:

E1 Simulation and Prototypes (Chair: Josef Wiemeyer)

Witold-Roger Poganietz: CarboMoG. An Instrument to Manage Carbon Flows

Sabine Höhler: A Model of Sustainability? (Biosphere 2)

Juan Manuel Durán: Computer Models Revisited

P1 Mode(l)s of Planning (Chair: Frauke Nowak)

Alfonso Valenzuela-Aguilera: Rhizome Cities

Liam Sharratt: Models as Mediators of Design. The Case of BREEAM

Christa Kamleithner: Early Theories on Zoning

A1 Failed Futures (Chair: Mikael Hård)

Lino Camprubi: Appetite for Destruction. Models and the Sciences of

Construction in Early Francoist Spain

Sandmeier, Stefan: The Cybernetic Vision of a Swiss Integral Concept for

Transport (1972-77)

Sebastian Ureta: Modeling Future Passengers of Public Transport in

Santiago, Chile


Lunch Break


3rd keynote address: Amy Hillier (University of Pennsylvania): Mapping

Social Patterns: The Making and Unmaking of Inequality


Coffee Break


Parallel Sessions

E2 Communicating Spatial Information (Chair: Frauke Nowak)

Katrina Boulding: Technology as Landscape

Susan Drucker, Gary Gumpert: Urban Planning and Urban Communication

Maria Prieto: Networking Place Models

P2 Retrieving Spatial Information (Chair: Josef Wiemeyer)

Toshiyuki Kaneda: Potential to Space Modeling Through Pedestrian Agent


John Zacharias: Environmental Determinants of Non-motorized Behavior

Rodrigo Mora: Retrieving Hierarchical Information from Spatial Networks

A2 Spatial Power of Models (Chair: Susanne Schregel)

Florentina Hausknotz: Cities on the Verge of Spatial War

Cesar Garcia-Diaz: The Dynamics of Rural-to-urban Migration in an

Evolutionary Model

Sebastian Haumann: Seeking Urban Order – Modernism and Segregation


Dinner at Jagdhofkeller

Oct 9


Parallel Sessions

E3 Dealing with Uncertainties (Chair: Sonja Palfner)

Jannes Fröhlich: Model-based Climate Projections in Administrative Discourse

Maurice Ertsen: Hydraulic Models in Archaeology

Florian Keil, Stefan Liehr: A (Self-) Critical Thought on the Use of

Modelling in Transdisciplinary Research. The Case of Environmental Risk


P3 Participation and Spatial Planning (Chair: Sebastian Haumann)

Margarita Greene: Neighborhood Construction

Dagmar Haase: Simulating Future Land Use Change in Urban Regions

Christian Derix: Generating and Measuring Public Realm

A3 Sustainability and Stakeholders (Chair: Philipp Benz)

Reinhard König: Computer-based Methods for a Socially Sustainable Urban

and Regional Planning

Geraldine Abrami: Supporting Case Studies/Comparison with a Generic

Model of Urban-rural Water Related Interdependencies

Martin Zimmermann: Water Supply Systems


Lunch Break


4th keynote address: Roland W. Scholz (ETH Zürich): Transdisciplinarity,

System Sciences, and Prospective Modeling in Regional Transformation


Panel Discussion



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