Public Spaces and Urban Cultures

Blog posts of 2010

Invitation: The Thematic Group Launching Event, AESOP Helsinki Conference, Finland

Published at: 1 July 2010


INVITATION THEMATIC GROUP LAUNCHING EVENT, AESOP HELSINKI CONFERENCE, FINLAND

Date: Thursday 8th July, 5.30-7pm.
Place: Track10_SCCRP-T10, Room 22.

The newly established AESOP thematic group on Public Spaces and Urban Cultures is inviting you to the launching event to be held during the AESOP Annual Conference in Helsinki, Finland, in June 2010. Public spaces as arenas of social interaction are one of the vital elements of city’s public life as they play a significant role to bring together different groups of people from different cultural backgrounds regardless to aspects of class, ethnic origin, gender and age. Public spaces, however, are under the pressure of globalization, privatization at the macrolevel and of city image and marketing strategies as well as other private sector inspired regeneration strategies at the microlevel. During the phase of postfordist transitions, especially cultural approaches within the planning community have characterized debates on how to deal with this manifest pressures on public spaces. With rising rhythms of development. the degree of conflicts and fragmentation in public spaces – taken from a descriptive perspective – is changing. From a normative perspective, the role of public spaces as places for integration and democracy is, therefore, challenged and contested.

Everybody welcome
Please feel warmly invited to join us!

Call for Paper: Public Space and The Challenges of Urban Transformation in Europe: Politics and Culture

Published at: 30 June 2010


PUBLIC SPACE and THE CHALLANGES of URBAN TRANSFORNATION in EUROPE: POLITICS and CULTURE

European Conference, 10th and 11th November 2010, Vienna, Austria

CALL for Paper:

Dear Sir or Madam,

the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space (http.//skuor.tuwien.ac.at) at the Faculty of Architecture and Planning at Vienna University of Technology invites academics as well as practitioners coming from various disciplinary fields to take part in the following call for conference contributions:

PUBLIC SPACE AND THE CHALLENGES OF URBAN TRANSFORMATION IN EUROPE: POLITICS AND CULTURE / European Conference, 10th and 11th November 2010, Vienna, Austria