Changing Times – Changing Spaces

ARL International Photo Contest

The contest is now closed. Stay tuned - winners will be announced in September!

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The ARL’s new virtual interactive knowledge and communication platform aims to raise the Academy’s international profile, provide access to the ARL’s work internationally and serve as an information, knowledge and exchange platform for spatial planning professionals. Many challenges with spatial impacts, such as climate change, energy transition, or demographic change, require global and cooperative approaches. The new platform will make it possible to enter into dialogue with academics in the spatial sciences and spatial planning professionals within the international community. The launch is scheduled for September 2021.

Changing Times – Changing Spaces

On the occasion of the launch of our new interactive knowledge and communication platform, the ARL organized a free, non-commercial photo contest. We were looking for the participant's personal view on how spaces change over time – a multifaceted theme on which we liked to receive personal impressions, illustrations and ideas, but also criticism and perspective on contradictions.

Just like our new platform, the photos should address the diverse issues and challenges with spatial implications: global challenges such as climate change, the energy transition and demographic change have a strong influence on the development of rural as well as urban areas. The rural exodus, migration from cities, post-growth economies and recently the Covid-19 pandemic are transforming previously familiar spaces. Entries to the photo contest may consider any of these aspects and many more, without geographical limits. 

The photo contest is now closed. Thanks to everyone who participated.

The jury will now choose three winners for each category:

  • Environment, energy and climate change
  • Demographic and socio-economic change
  • Changing spaces during Covid-19

Our rules of participation were

  • Participation is free!
  • The photos had to be submitted in JPG format in print resolution (at least 300 dpi) and be reproducible in A2 format (portrait or landscape) (420mm × 594mm).
  • By submitting their photos,  participants declared that they are possession of the copyrights, that they have respected the personal rights of any persons depicted, and that they grant the ARL simple rights of use (see the obligatory declaration of participation and terms of agreement).
  • Participants were asked to provide a short title and/or a suitable quotation or personal statement.
  • Our ARL jury will chose the winners in an anonymous selection process; there is no right of appeal.

The Prices for each winner are:

Prize in kind: The winner in each category will be awarded a calendar with the photos of their choice from the contest. The runners-up will each receive a motif of their choice in poster format, and the third-place winners will receive a photo book. 

We will also print the winning entries as postcards with the photographer’s name and their title/quote/statement.

We will contact the three first-place winners in each category immediately after jury selection, and we will publish their entries on the ARL’s new interactive knowledge and communication platform upon its launch in September 2021.

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Statements on Planning, Law, and Property Rights

With “Statements on Planning” the ARL establishes a series of short video clips in which international scientists comment on topics of spatial development and planning. The series starts with the International Academic Association on Planning, Law, and Property Rights (PLPR, ), which will be presenting a series of online sessions on the relationship between planning, law, and property. The aim of the video clips is to demonstrate to a broad public the relevance of an ongoing debate on planning, law and property for research and teaching in spatial development.

Three questions are discussed:

  1. Why are planning, law and property spatial science and socially relevant topics?
  2. What are particularly relevant aspects within the subject area?
  3. And why these planning, law and property should be discussed internationally.

View the videos

on the new ARL YouTube Channel
All of the experts are long-time members of the International Academic Association on Planning, Law, and Property Rights, most of whom have served or are serving on the Association’s Executive Committee have done so. The video clips were produced in the context of the ARL’s International Working Group (IAK) on Land Policies in Europe, which was chaired by Thomas Hartmann (Wageningen University) and Andreas Hengstermann (University of Bern).