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Ariane Sept

 Ariane Sept
Lupe


Technische Universität Berlin
School VI: Planning Building Environment
Department of Sociology

Fraunhoferstraße 33-36
Sekretariatszeichen FH 9-1
10587 Berlin
Germany

ariane.sept@innovation.tu-berlin.de
Tel.: 27994
Room: FH 809

Research project:

Slowing down in small and medium towns. Cittaslow as social innovation in urban development

Social innovations modify the direction of social change. One direction of current social change is the tendency towards higher acceleration and more innovation. Slowing down and tradition are in opposition to this direction. Based on this assumption the international network Cittaslow can be interpreted as social innovation in urban development. Since 1999 the involved small and medium towns act against the trend towards acceleration. Based on Slow Food, Cittaslow offers a comprehensive package of urban development measures to improve the quality of life in its member towns under the guiding principle of slowing down. The initially Italian network has developed into a steadily growing association with nearly 240 member cities in 30 countries.

With the help of the central question: “How is the network Cittaslow constituted as a social innovation in urban development in different places and at different times?” the work contributes to current research on three levels: 1) a contribution to the topics of slowing-down, Cittaslow and urban development, 2) a conceptual contribution to the study of the new in urban development and 3) a content-conceptual contribution to innovation research.

Based on the case studies Berching and Überlingen in <st1:country-region w:st="on">Germany</st1:country-region>, Francavilla la Mare and Tolfa in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Italy</st1:country-region></st1:place> and the development of the network, the study shows how Cittaslow is constituted and disseminated as a social innovation under the perspectives semantics, pragmatics and grammar proposed in innovation research. For the example of Cittaslow, this applies in the international context above all when the New is named linguistically and the semantics are not only embedded in current, local discourses, but also find their practical counterpart in projects and measures and adapted to a suitable grammar in terms of political and socio-economic conditions. Thus, it is the special interplay of semantics, pragmatics and grammar that, like a clockwork, makes Cittaslow a social innovation.

 

Overall, the research study shows that the three observation perspectives are extremely helpful for analysing urban development processes. The differentiation that has been developed offers the potential to be used as heuristics for other urban development issues as well. In addition, within innovation research, this should motivate researchers to better refine the observation perspectives for other fields, and also to empirically describe innovation processes as a triad of semantics, pragmatics and grammar.

  

Publications:

Ariane Sept, Petra Potz (2015): Cittaslow – International Network. In: Das Zeitpolitische Magazin, Nr. 26, Juli 2015, S. 16-18

Petra Potz, Ariane Sept (2013): Lokale Qualitäten, Kriterien und Erfolgsfaktoren nachhaltiger Entwicklung kleiner Städte – Cittaslow. Sonderveröffentlichung des BMVBS, Berlin

Petra Potz, Ariane Sept (2013): Cittaslow-Germany: dove i piccoli centri urbani si rappresentano. In: U3 i Quaderni #03, pp. 57-63

Petra Potz, Ariane Sept (2013): Der Cittaslow-Ansatz. Lebensqualität in kleinen Städten. In: PlanerIN5_13, S. 46-47

Ariane Sept (2011): Duisburg – Microcredits Duisburg: A new finance instrument of neighbourhood development. In: RegGov. Regional Governance of Sustainable Integrated Development of Deprived Urban Areas. Final Report. pp. 53-62

Ralph Gabriel, Ariane Sept: (2011): gedenkorte.net. Zur materiellen und räumlichen Performanz von NS-Gedenkstätten – eine Fotodokumentation. In: Gedenkdienst, Nr. 4/11, p.2

Pietro Elisei, Ariane Sept (2009): 2007-2013, ma la rigenerazione urbana dov’è? In: Urbanistica Dossier 108, pp. 29-32

Ariane Sept (2008): Urbanistica in movimento. Die italienische Stadtplanung und das europäische Programm URBAN. ISR Arbeitsheft 72, Berlin

Ariane Sept, Ralph Gabriel (2008): Der U-Bahnhof Berlin Alexanderplatz. Grundinstandsetzung, Sanierung und barrierefreier Ausbau. Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG), Berlin

Ariane Sept (2008): “Cultural Studies” per la pianificazione urbanistica. Un avvicinamento al tema. In: Bini, Giada et al. (Eds): Fare Ricerca. Atti del VII Convegno Nazionale Rete Interdottorato in Pianificazione Urbana e Territoriale, Firenze: Alinea Editrice, pp. 137-144

Pietro Elisei, Ariane Sept (2008): Nachhaltige Stadtentwicklung im Mittelmeerraum. Erfahrungen mit institutionellen Entscheidungsprozessen in Turin, Rom und Madrid. In: Raumplanung 138/139, pp. 153-158

Frank Buchholz, Ariane Sept (2004): EU-Erweiterung vor Ort. PlaNet Kongress 2004 in Breslau. In: Raumplanung 116, pp. 222-223


Book reviews:

Lutz Musner (2009): Der Geschmack von Wien. Kultur und Habitus einer Stadt. Interdisziplinäre Stadtforschung Bd. 3, Campus Verlag, Frankfurt am Main. In: Raumplanung 147, pp.305-306

Helmuth Berking, Martina Löw (Hg.) (2008): Die Eigenlogik der Städte. Neue Wege für die Stadtforschung. Interdisziplinäre Stadtforschung, Bd. 1. Campus Verlag, Frankfurt am Main. In: Raumplanung 146, pp.247-248

Sebastian Lentz (Ed.) (2007): German Annual of Spatial Research and Policy. Restructuring Eastern Germany, Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg, In: Regional Studies Vol. 42, n. 2, pp.301-302

Nicola Mceven, Luis Moreno (Eds) (2005): The Territorial Politics of Welfare, EPCR Studies in European Political Science, Routledge, Abingdon. In: Regional Studies Vol. 41, n. 4, pp.554-555

Paul Glewwe, Nisha Agraval, David Dollar (Eds) (2004): Economic Growth, Poverty, and Household Welfare in Vietnam, World Bank, Washington, DC. In: Regional Studies Vol. 39.6, p. 829

 

Talks:

"Smart und slow: Gegensatz oder Miteinander?", FiF-Tagung "Digitalstadt Darmstadt", Forum interdisziplinäre Forschung Darmstadt, 07/2018

“Semantics of ‘slow’ as social innovation: German and Italian Cittaslow towns in comparison.” International Conference “Challenges and Opportunities of Structurally Weak Rural Regions in Europe”, Poznań (Poland), 12/2017.

"Slow als soziale Innovation: Zur Etablierung von Entschleunigung in Klein- und Mittelstädten über das internationale Städtenetzwerk Cittaslow", Session „Neue Innovationsformen aus räumlicher Perspektive“ auf dem Deutschen Kongress für Geographie 2017. Tübingen, 10/2017.

"Slow als soziale Innovation. Entschleunigung in Klein- und Mittelstädten", XIX. Tagung für Angewandte Sozialwissenschaften des Berufverbandes deutscher Soziologinnen und Soziologen Soziale Innovationen Lokal Gestalten. Dortmund, 06/2017.

"Cittaslow", Workshop Soziale Innovationen in strukturschwachen ländlichen Gemeinden. Leibniz-Institut für raumbezogene Sozialforschung (IRS), Erkner, 11/2016.

"Metropolregion Berlin/Brandenburg: Growth cores as catalyst of balanced and efficient development", Conference The new role of "Planning". Urban areas as generators of sustainable, integrated and equitable development for the European territory. Casa dell’architettura, Rome, 11/2016.

"Semantics of 'slow': German and Italian Cittaslow towns in comparison", Conference Towards knowledge and Impact: PhD to first academic position. Regional Studies Association PhD and Early Career Conference, Newcastle, 10/2016.

"Netzwerke innovativer Stadtentwicklung" (poster presentation and talk), Workshop Bridges over Troubled Water. Zur Konstitution von Netzwerken im Innovationsprozess. Graduiertenkolleg Innovationsgesellschaft heute, TU Berlin, 10/2016.

„Cittaslow: Vier Fallbeispiele in zwei Ländern zur Diffusion eines innovativen Netzwerks kleiner Städte“, Workshop Der Stadtvergleich als Analysetool. Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde, Leipzig, 11/2015.

 

CV:

since 04/ 2015
DFG Graduate School “Innovation Society Today: The Reflexive Creation of Novelty” (TU Berlin)
since 2008
Freelancer in urban research, web and graphic design 
02 – 06/2008

Teaching assignment “Laboratorio di Urbanistica“ with Prof. S. Ombuen, Università degli Studi di Roma Tre
11/2006 - 01/2008

Scientific / external consultancy and dissemination manager Interreg IIIC projects (within Operation PROGRESDEC), planum Association and Università Roma Tre
05/2004 - 09/2006
Tutor / Research Assistance, working unit “Planning in the International Context”, Prof. Dr. Adrian Atkinson, TU Berlin
05/2003 - 04/2004
Student Research Assistance, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung, project „Structural change in the metropolitan retail trade: a comparison between Berlin, London, and Milan“
12/2001 - 10/2009
Freelancer for planum.net (Management German Speaking Countries), Planum Association, Rom (Italien)
09/2001 - 07/2002
ERASMUS-Student in Rome, Università degli studi di Roma “La Sapienza“
10/1999 - 06/2006
Studies in Urban and Regional Planning, TU Berlin; Scholarship for final thesis: “Urbanistica in Movimento. Die italienische Stadtplanung und das europäische Programm URBAN“, published as ISR-Arbeitsheft Nr. 72 

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