Technische Universität Darmstadt was properly represented by Prof. Hans-Joachim Linke from the Institute of Geodesy and some aspiring researchers who undertook two presentations. Dr. Felipe Francisco De Souza, a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer from the Department of Land Management, presented his actual research on critical junctures – major disruptive events likely to produce long-lasting legacies – and their influence on infrastructure planning in the long run. Through the lens of major events such as natural disasters, economic crises, and world wars, the ongoing research looks after key elements in which critical junctures and exogenous influences have shaped urban planning practices through land readjustment outcomes in Frankfurt (Germany) and Nagoya (Japan).
M.Sc. Laura Mato Julcamoro and M.Sc. Jan Schmid, associate researchers from the Department of Land Management, shared and discussed the Eco-Account Instrument designed to increase efficiency in the execution of large scale projects. The presentation focused on key areas such as early and continuous stakeholder engagement, risk management, and performance measures suggesting that the instrument can lead to significant improvements in time, ecologic and economic efficiency of all ongoing projects.
In addition to the presentations, the seminar provided an excursion to visit the older part of Bergen, Norway, with detailed information about the development of the historical part of the city. The tour also included how different stakeholders are handling changes in the transport system, including the new light rail lines and bike tunnels.