Update of the Leipzig Charter and dynamics of borders in urban planning

Process and Control
BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg
Prof. Dr. Silke Weidner
Tihomir Viderman
Fachgebiet Stadtmanagement

Urban plan­ning faces multi­fac­eted chal­lenges resulting from an increased pace of changes in urban life. These changes are largely shaped by the simul­ta­ne­ously unfolding and often contra­dic­tory processes of drawing and blur­ring of borders: in everyday life, through encoun­ters with the known and unknown; in the manage­ment and plan­ning of urban processes, such as zoning of urban areas in a tension between centre and fringe; or in polit­ical, social and economic moments related to the growing demands for more mobility and the right to differ­ence. We have explored how plan­ning discourses and prac­tices have been inter­twined with the processes shaping borders in urban space, by putting focus on the Leipzig Charter from 2007, as well as the struc­ture, the building blocks and the draft text of the update of the Leipzig Charter, which is to be adopted in Leipzig in 2020 by the EU minis­ters respon­sible for urban matters.

Both the process of drafting and the contents of the two docu­ments are analysed with the goal of estab­lishing a dialec­tics between, on the one hand, the Leipzig Charter, including involved actors, processes and debates, and, on the other, scien­tific and concep­tual chal­lenges in urban plan­ning. This allowed for a qual­i­ta­tive exam­i­na­tion of the changes in the way concerns, approaches and guide­lines are defined in urban plan­ning, espe­cially when it comes to artic­u­lating and blur­ring borders.