Public Spaces and Urban Cultures

Group meetings . The members of the AESOP Thematic Group on Public Spaces and Urban Cultures meet annually to discuss and develop approaches proposed under the group’s working topic. These meetings mostly take form of workshops/seminars/conferences accompanied by a fieldtrip in duration of two days, and also provide an environment for engaging in a peer-to-peer discussion on the participants’ research and design projects. The meetings are organized by various types of institutions, which submit their declaration of interest for hosting an event based on the call’s theme, in close collaboration with at least one group member.

The members of the group would like to extend their sincerest thanks to institutions and colleagues that have hosted the group’s events so far: Istituto di Richerche sulle Attivià Terciarie, National Research Council, Italy; Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space, Department for Spatial Planning, Faculty for Architecture and Planning, Vienna University of Technology, Austria; Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia, Ljubljana, Slovenia; Human Cities Symposium Organizers, Faculté d’Architecture La Cambre Horta and ProMateria, Brussels, Belgium; Faculty of Architecture, Technical University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal; Ozyegin University, Istanbul, Turkey; UN Habitat World Urban Forum, Medellin, Colombia; Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urban Planning, Bucharest, Romania; La Villette School of Architecture, Paris, France. 

For questions concerning the organization of the meetings please e-mail to:

Annual Report for 2016

Published at: 13 February 2017

Annual Report for 2016
Organized by Stefania Ragozino, Sabine Knierbein and Gabriella Esposito de Vita, in collaboration with further TG members...

CfA International Urban Conference "Unsettled. Urban Routines, Temporalities and Contestations"

Published at: 27 September 2016


UNSETTLED   Urban routines, temporalities and contestations
International Urban Conference, 29/ 30 March 2017, Vienna, Austria
Deadline for Abstract Submissions: 15 October 2016

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space at the Faculty of Architecture and Planning, TU Wien, invites participation in the conference Unsettled: urban routines, temporalities and contestations. The conference aims to explore conditions and conceptions of the unsettled. Urban life is characterized by diverse manifestations of instability which continuously stretch or redefine the social order and/or critical/community infrastructures of cities: everyday struggles related to the capitalist system of production, revolutions in political life and political system overthrows, quests for dominance and their oppositions in political, social, economic, ecological or cultural domains. These unsettling practices simultaneously challenge and nourish a variety of idea(l)s of the city as an inclusive place of liberation, cooperation, equal opportunities and shared (better) futures. The goal of the conference is thus to (1) understand the uncertainties, disturbances, inconsistencies, residuals and blind fields which constitute the urban both as lived space and the political idea(l), and (2) foster an inquiry into the socio-political potentialities of unsettling and re-settling urban routines, temporalities and contestations.

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About the AESOP TG Public Spaces and Urban Cultures’

The AESOP Thematic Group on Public Spaces and Urban Cultures has been initiated after the Annual Meeting of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) in Liverpool (UK) in 2009. In April 2010 the initiative has been recognized as a new thematic group Public Space and Urban Cultures by AESOP. In 2015, the group has decided on self-organized management structure:

AESOP Thematic Group for Public Spaces and Urban Cultures – Self-Organized Management Network

A. Group Coordination
2015-2017 Sabine Knierbein (Austria/Germany knierbein(at) (Main Volunteer), Gabriella Esposito De Vita (Italy gabespo(at) (Secondary Volunteer)
2017-2019 Gabriella Esposito De Vita (Italy) (Main Volunteer), Ceren Sezer (Netherlands/Turkey C.Sezer(at) (Secondary Volunteer)
2019-2021 Ceren Sezer (Netherlands/Turkey) (Main Volunteer) – to be elected (Secondary Volunteer) further

B. Research Affairs
Sara Santos Cruz (Oporto, scruz(at); Nikolai Roskamm (Erfurt, nikolai.roskamm(at); Nadia Charalambous (Nikosia, nadiac(at)

C. Public Relations
Stefania Ragozino (Naples, s.ragozino(at)

D. Public Liaison
Tihomir Viderman (Berlin, tihomir.viderman(at); Elina Kränzle (Vienna, elina.kraenzle(at)

E. Social Media
Weronika Mazurkiewicz (Gdansk, wero.mazurkiewicz(at), Katarzyna Bartoszevicz (Gdansk, kat.bartoszewicz(at), Matej Niksic (Ljubljana, matejn(at)

The Aesop Thematic Group for Public Spaces and Urban Cultures has been founded upon an initiative of Sabine Knierbein, Ceren Sezer and Chiara Tornaghi in 2010. It has been supported especially by Ali Madanipour (University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK) and Sophie Watson (Open University, UK).

The aim of the group is to settle the research and design focus on Public Spaces and Urban Cultures in planning-related disciplines. For more information about the thematic group, please visit the group’s official blog: For questions please send an e-mail to:

Coordinated by: Associate Professor, Dr. phil. Sabine Knierbein