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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.

Full Call (PDF)

Becoming Local Glasgow June 2015 SUMMARY

Published at: 31 August 2015

This is a summary of the group's meeting in Glasgow, which took place in JUne 2015 @ Scottish Cities Knowledge Centre, University of Glasgow under the title The Power of Places & The Places of Power
Many thanks to the organizers, presenters and all the participants for making BECOMING LOCAL GLASGOW such a great success!
Becoming Local Glasgow Summary as Pdf

Becoming Local Paris October 2014 SUMMARY

Published at: 30 August 2015

This is a summary of the group's meeting in Paris, which took place in October 2014 @ La Villette School of Architecture under the title Transforming Spaces, Redefining Localities.
Many thanks to the organizers, presenters and all the participants for making BECOMING LOCAL PARIS such a great success!
Becoming Local Paris Summary as Pdf

Becoming Local Vienna August 2014 SUMMARY

Published at: 30 August 2015

This is a summary of the group's meeting in Vienna, which took place on 29 August 2014 @ Vienna University of Technology under the title Planning, Design and Action for Shaping Inclusive Public Spaces.
Many thanks to the organizers, presenters and all the participants for exciting and fruitful debates!
Becoming Local Vienna Summary as Pdf

Call for Abstracts for a special issue in Built Environment: "Public Spaces and Urban Justice"

Published at: 14 April 2015

Following the AESOP TG Public Spaces and Urban Cultures annual meeting Becoming Local Bucharest in June 2014, Matej Nikšič, Gabriel Pascariu and Ceren Sezer initiated a themed issue in Built Environment on "Public Spaces and Urban Justice". The deadline for abstract submission is June 1, 2015. You can find more information about the call in this blog post. For questions, please contact to us from the following e-mail address: . For more information about Built Environment please visit: .

Call for Abstracts: Becoming Local Porto

Published at: 10 April 2015

BECOMING LOCAL PORTO 'Generative Places, Smart Approaches, Happy People'
24th – 25th September, 2015

Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto – PORTUGAL

BECOMING LOCAL – Generative places, smart approaches, happy people– is the topic of the 8thCITTA Conference and AESOP Thematic Group on Public Spaces & Urban Cultures event organized by CITTA - Research Center for Territory, Transport and Environment, held at the Faculty of Engineering, Porto University, Portugal, on the 24th-25th September 2015.

The conference aims to investigate and discuss some main topics: (1) Real and virtual boundaries / Physical dimension (2) (Un)successful mediation / Social dimension and (3) Local identities and meanings / Cultural dimension.

Deadline for abstract submission:30 April 2015
Keynote Speakers: Ali Madanipour – (University of Newcastle, UK / Representative AESOP TG - Public Spaces & Urban Cultures); Carlos Fortuna (University of Coimbra, Portugal); Sako Musterd (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)

AESOP TG Representatives: Burcu Yigit Turan, Gabriella Esposito de Vita

For more information about the call please visit:

Call for abstracts: Becoming Local Glasgow 'The power of places & the places of power'

Published at: 6 February 2015


THE POWER of PLACES and THE Places of POWER (4-6 June 2015, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom)

Contact person: Georgiana Varna at

Deadline for abstract submission: 1 April 2015
Keynote speakers: Matthew Carmona  (Bartlett School of Planning, UCL) and Panu Lehtovuori (Tampere University of Technology, School of Architecture)
AESOP TG Representatives: Celia Ghyka (Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism, Bucharest, Romania) and Ceren Sezer (Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands)

(The event is free of charge, however, we kindly ask you to secure your own travel and accommodation arrangements.)