October 30 through November 2
Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Pennsylvania
Today’s planning researchers and practitioners grapple with “big ideas”. From big data to fundamental restructuring of the world’s economy to climate change, the challenges of planning have changed dramatically. These challenges are daunting but they provide unprecedented opportunities for planning to have global impacts like never before. With these big challenges in mind, the Philadelphia conference aims to provide opportunities to address the big issues of today and tomorrow. Indeed, as the birthplace of one of history’s biggest ideas, that of the constitutional democracy, Philadelphia is an apt location to think big.
While the conference—as always—welcomes submissions that address a diverse set of planning issues, the Local Host Committee Co-Chairs and the leadership of the conference have identified possible “Big Ideas” sessions for which we especially invite submissions. The possible Big Ideas sessions and their corresponding tracks are shown below. Abstracts for these sessions will go through the same peer-review process as other abstracts. Authors of abstracts intended for Big Ideas sessions should include the words “Big Idea abstract” and an abbreviated title of the Big Idea session from the list below in one of the key words boxes.
Authors may wish to collaborate to form pre-organized sessions around these Big Ideas sessions. (Please see notes later on submitting pre-organized sessions). Abstracts not accepted for Big Ideas sessions will—like all other abstracts—be considered for other sessions. Individual presenters or organizers of Big Ideas pre-organized sessions may recommend discussants but the Local Host Committee, the National Conference Committee, and the Track Chairs may also recommend presenters and/or discussants for these sessions.
Possible “Big Ideas” topics (organized by track) include: