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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.)

The AESOP Thematic Group, Public Spaces and Urban Cultures “Becoming Local Paris” Meeting’s program is available online! Come and join us!…

Published at: 16 October 2014


The Laboratoire Architecture Anthropologie of La Villette School of Architecture organizes a three-day workshop for the AESOP thematic group of “Public Spaces and Urban Cultures”. The Parisian meeting will be the fourth to take place under the ‘Becoming Local’ theme following Istanbul (November 2013), Bucharest (June 2014) and Vienna (August 2014). The aim of the ‘Becoming Local’ series is to discuss and share international, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary perspectives in the study of public spaces and urban cultures. (For more information about the previous meetings, visit: /

Call for Expressions of Interest: City of Vienna Visiting Professorship for Urban Culture and Public Space (TU Vienna)

Published at: 11 August 2014

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space of Vienna University of Technology has opened a Call for Expression of  Interest for three one-year positions of the City of Vienna Visiting Professorship for Urban Culture and Public Space, successively appointed to three annual themes of the third funding phase (2015-2017) commencing in March 2015. 

For more information about the call please visit website:

Call for Participation: Becoming Local Vienna

Published at: 18 July 2014

The AESOP Thematic Group on Public Spaces and Urban Cultures hosts a one-day networking meeting “Becoming Local Vienna”, which is organized by the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space ( at Vienna University of Technology. The meeting will explore local links between the umbrella theme “Becoming local” and issues of emancipation in planning and design, which lie in the focus of successive WWTF summer school (30th Aug to 5th Sep). The focus will be put primarily on practical experiences and empirical approaches. Moreover, the meeting seeks to produce concrete outputs and conclusions concerning possibilities and limitations of various approaches and methods to empowering and constituting city publics in an inclusive way. 


Becoming Local Paris Meeting, Call for Abstracts (Deadline: Monday, July 7th, 2014)

Published at: 6 June 2014

We invite you to submit an abstract for a contribution to the interdisciplinary conference and workshop "BECOMING LOCAL: Transforming spaces, redefining localities", which will take place from 23 to 25 October 2014 in Paris, France. 

The event is organized by the Laboratoire Architecture Anthropologie (LAA) and the AESOP Thematic Group “Public Spaces and Urban Cultures” and is dealing with the conflicts arising between the local and global scale in contemporary urban transformations. 

Submissions are encouraged from all disciplines and research perspectives. We are in particular interested in papers that through the lens of case-studies explore, discuss and question the various notions and categories used to describe local identities, as well as disputes and misunderstandings that their use might generate or reinforce.

The deadline for abstract submission is Monday, 7 July 2014.
Submit to becominglocalparis2014@

For more information about the event, please follow the link below.

Thank you in advance for distributing this call among your colleagues and professional networks.

Becoming Local Bucharest Meeting Website is Online!

Published at: 4 June 2014

Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism will host a four-day annual meeting of the AESOP thematic group of Public Spaces and Urban Cultures in Bucharest, Romania. The meeting is a second one under ‘Becoming Local’ theme, following an inspiring first meeting in Istanbul in November 2013. The aim of the ‘Becoming Local’ series is to share international, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary perspectives in studies of public spaces and urban cultures.

Join us for the Roundtable Session on Marketplaces during the AESOP Congress 2014 (Utrecht, the Netherlands)

Published at: 29 April 2014


Marketplaces are often romanticised as traditional spaces of 'pure' encounters between producers and consumers in an increasingly privatised world. Farmer’s Markets are well-known example of this and several city governments seem to have embraced the urban marketplace as a tool for ‘placemaking.’ Yet this enthusiasm needs to be supported by a critical analysis of how exactly, marketplaces act as inclusive public spaces that support residents, rather than merely real estate developers. For this reason, two members of our thematic group, Freek Janssens (UvA) and Ceren Sezer (TU Delft) are organizing a roundtable discussion during the AESOP Annual Congress 2014, in the Netherlands. Sophie Watson, Arnold Reiindorp, Ching Lin Pang, Nuria Costa Galobart and Will Fullford will contribute to the session. (For more information about the conference: 

The Aesop TG Public Spaces and Urban Cultures participates in International Summer School 2014 organised by Vienna University of Technology

Published at: 19 March 2014

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space (SKuOR) in cooperation with the Centre of Local Planning (IFOER) at the Department of Spatial Planning, Faculty of Architecture and Planning of Vienna University of Technology, hosts a 7-days summer school (30 August – 5 September 2014) directed at international Master’s and PhD students, as well as early-stage researchers and practitioners dealing with public urban space. You are invited to join local residents, international keynote speakers, urban activists, planning professionals, and European scholars in changing urban realities.