From Wednesday June 29th
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Conference theme:

Internationalizing Education for the Ecological Transition Challenge: 

New Stakes for Sharing Knowledge and Acting in a Changing World

The IFOU 2022 committee is closely monitoring the situation with respect to health safety and travel. We will adapt the conference according to the latest pandemic evolution and recommendations.  IFOU can take the form of a hybrid event depending on the health situation in June 2022









As societies all over the world face the challenges of global change, the paradigms for spatial intervention are evolving.In the realm of urban and architectural design, rampant productivism appears outdated and is progressively being replaced by an attitude that is more attentive to local environments and cultures. Different methods for space design at all scales are emerging locally, adopting new postulates in order to address global challenges.

In this context, the internationalization of higher education stands out as a powerful tool for helping our societies address current questions about the evolution of territories all over the planet in a spirit of complementarity and solidarity. As the internationalization of education has garnered widespread approval through its promotion of sharing knowledge between a wide diversity of countries, today it is a priceless vector for fostering the exchange of ideas and experiences about the ecological transition.

Broadly addressing these matters by studying what is done in different contexts would seem to be a fundamental task for higher education in architecture, urban design, planning, and spatial work in general carried out at all scales.


The 15th Conference of the International Forum on Urbanism (IFoU), to be held at the Bordeaux National School of Architecture and Landscape in 2022, aims to present different approaches, methods, and experiments in teaching and research implemented in higher education institutions for architecture, urban design, planning and landscape architecture all over the world, with a focus on how internationalization contributes to meeting the challenge of the ecological transition.


Different themes

1 / New InterdisCiplinary and interCultural apprOaChes fOr faCing glObal Changes and their lOCal impaCt.

The environmental and social consequences of global changes involve aspects as diverse as the climate, migration, food resources and health. The knowledge necessary to address resulting problems is evolving, favoring transdisciplinary work and promoting situated action for best results. The socio-ecological approaches that are emerging alongside more established knowledge and professional practices are an example of this. The aim here is to gather examples of experiences, pedagogical methods or new doctrines that reflect such phenomena, in a broad sense and in a global perspective while also grounded in concrete territorial situations.

2 / ElabOrating and teaChing new paradigms prOmOting lOCalness in light Of the Crisis Of glObaliZed mOdels fOr aCtiOn

The environmental crisis caused by productivism questions the models of action promoted in the name of modernity, focused as they are on perpetually increased performance and universal reproducibility in any context. By the same token, the crisis also favors the emergence of a new attitude of frugality attentive to the use of resources in a given milieu, in spatial terms as much as in cultural, social or economic terms. In a hyperconnected world, widely circulating singular approaches supplant models with purported universal validity, suggesting a new complexity in the relation between the local and the global. This theme aims to seize a panorama of pedagogies invested in this new way of imaging situated development, as well as to identify their possible contribution to new figures of internationalization, and cooperation in particular.

3 / New ideas abOut “NOrth-SOuth” relatiOns fOr studying plaCes in transitiOn.

Although global changes may affect all parts of the planet in similar ways, the way to address them differs depending on each country’s state of development. But this state may vary widely depending on geopolitical relations between different regions, themselves constantly evolving.

Moreover, the criteria used to measure a country’s relative level of development are subject to ongoing debate. Regions considered less developed from the perspective of productivismmay therefore provide knowledge that is helpful for crisis-stricken regions that are facing global changes in other latitudes.

This theme seeks to present research and teaching that exemplifies new « North-South » relations.

4 / New apprOaChes tO teChniCal dimensiOns fOr the benefit Of lOCalities.

Long regarded as tools for growth while disregarding their negative effects on the planet, technical approaches today appear as key components for promoting new forms of development that are sensitive to environmental quality.

This theme therefore considers evolutions in sector-specific approaches to cities and regions, such as infrastructure, mobility, natural resources, energy or digital technology, with an emphasis on how such approaches contribute to more sustainable forms of action.

5 / internatiOnal eduCatiOn pOliCies and the eCOlOgiCal transitiOn Challenge.

The new stakes presented by the ecological transition have already been integrated into higher education in a structured way. This theme therefore aims to take stock of the strategy and policy tools that governments and various entities at the national scale use to align education with the matter of the ecological transition, with regard to similar actions carried out by intergovernmental agencies and supranational organizations at the international scale. The range of topics here include the multiple forms of internationalization in training programs, including student and teacher mobility, international curricula, study travel, recruiting, and the diversity of actors taking part in financing, organizing and executing these activities.

Scientific committee

IFoU Scientific Committee

  • Prof. Jürgen ROSEMANN
  • Prof. Jin BAEK
  • Prof. Henco BEKKERING
  • Prof. Stephen CAIRNS
  • Prof. Hsueh-Sheng CHANG
  • Prof. Liang-Chih CHEN
  • Prof. Eui Young CHUN
  • Prof. Jian DAI
  • Prof. Wowo DING
  • Prof. Carlos GOTLIEB
  • Prof. Chye Kiang HENG
  • Prof. Puay-peng HO
  • Prof. Chu-Joe HSIA
  • Prof. Flavio JANCHES
  • Prof. Astrid LEY
  • Prof. Qizhi MAO
  • Prof. Yukio NISHIMURA
  • Prof. Joaquin SABATE BEL
  • Prof. Jo SANTOSO
  • Prof. Thorsten SCHUETZE
  • Prof. Hendrik TIEBEN
  • Prof. Jinyeu TSOU
  • Prof. Machiel VAN DORST
  • Prof. Paola VIGANO
  • Prof. Jiang WU
  • Prof. Uoosang YOO
  • Prof. Wenyi ZHU
  • Prof. Weimin ZHUANG
  • Dr. Martina BARCELLONI
  • Dr. Gerhardes BRUYNS
  • Dr. Lorenzo CHELLERI
  • Dr. Yongming CHEN
  • Mr. Peter HASDELL
  • Dr. Tanja HERDT
  • Dr. Karin HOFERT
  • Dr. Huaqing HUANG
  • Dr. Xiaoxi HUI
  • Dr. Min-Jay KANG
  • Dr. Aya KUBOTA
  • Dr. Jian LIU
  • Dr. Manfredo MANFREDINI
  • Dr. Lei QU
  • Dr. Diego SEPULVEDA
  • Dr. Adolf SOTOCA
  • Mr. Jeroen VAN AMEIJDE
  • Dr. Chiu-Yuan WANG
  • Dr. Ye ZHANG
  • Dr. Minghao ZHOU

ENSAP Bordeaux Scientific Orientation Committee


  • Carlos Gotlieb (chairman of the IFoU Bordeaux Conference)
  • Hocine Aliouane – Shaw


  • Juan Kent Fitzsimons
  • Patrice Godier


  • Aline Barlet
  • Régis Le Normand



The deadline for full paper submission is extended to June 5, 2022.

Full Paper

Authors should submit the full paper according to the following requirements by 20 May 2022 and that you will be able to present your paper in a 15 minutes time slot at the 15th IFoU Conference.

Full paper format and structure
  • The paper must not exceed 5,000 words (excluding abstract and key words, figures, tables, appendices and references);
  • The title should be bold and centered;
  • Main paragraph should be 12-point, in Calibri Font, left-justified and single-spaced;
  • Paragraph headings should be bold and left-justified.

The papers will be preceded by an abstract and key words.

The paper should be organized using the following structure, to be adapted to each particular case: introduction, state of the art, methods, case study description, results, conclusions, acknowledgments.

You can use figures and tables by referencing them.


All the references should be cited according to the following formats:

Alexander, E.R., 2007. Planning rights and the implications. Planning Theory, Vol.6(2), pp.112-126.

Hohfeld, W., 2000. Fundamental legal Conceptions: as applied in judicial reasoning. NJ: Lawbook Exchange Ltd.

Full paper submission

All full papers need to be submitted through the conference platform (by downloading them using doc, docx only), and all will be published within the conference proceedings.

Short papers

Beyond the full papers indicated, the best of which will be included in the publication mentioned, the submission of short papers is also allowed. They will also correspond to presentations of 15 minutes maximum and will follow a format and structure similar to full papers but may contain between 2 000 and 2 500 words. They will be included in the conference proceedings.

Paper Publication

Best papers will be compiled in a publication which will be published by the Presses Universitaires de Bordeaux, collection Architectures & Paysages.

Informations and dates

May 20, 2022

Deadline of submission
of full papers

From Wednesday June 29 to Friday July 1, 2022 at the Bordeaux National School of Architecture and Landscape.

Event closing: The closing ceremony is programmed at arc en rêve, the internationally renowned center for raising cultural awareness in the architectural, urban, landscape and design domains.

Here are some accommodations near the B line in Bordeaux

See more information here:



Paola Viganò


Tatjana Schneider


Jana Revedin


Jin Yeu Tsou


Dominique Gauzin-Müller

APERAU international conference


Bernard Blanc

APERAU international conference

Registrations and payment

When you register, you will have the possibility to choose either the on-site participation in Bordeaux (France) or the virtual conference.

Online participation will allow both participation and work presentation.

The opening of the 15th IFoU conference will be done jointly with the opening of the 23rd international meeting in urban planning of APERAU (Association for the Promotion of Education and Research in Planning and Urban Planning) organized by Institute of Planning, Tourism and Town Planning (IATU) of the University of Bordeaux Montaigne.

A scientific publication will be produced by the « Presses Universitaires de Bordeaux » from the papers resulting from the 15th IFoU conference.