Blog posts of 2014

Transport Laboratory of Thought Invitation

Published at: 16 December 2014

The AESOP Transportation Planning and Policy group would like to invite you to participate in the AESOP Transport Laboratory of Thought 23-26 January at Max Caputxa in Hostalric, Catalunya (Spain).

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:

Utrecht 2014: TG meeting minutes

Published at: 22 July 2014

Minutes from the Transport Planning & Policy thematic group meeting at the 2014 AESOP Congress in Utrecht

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. 


13th meeting: Complexity and digitalization of cities – Challanges for urban planning and design

Published at: 27 June 2014

Call for papers                                     

13th AESOP Complexity and Planning Thematic Group Meeting
15th-16th January 2015, Tampere, Finland

Cities are facing enormous changes due to the digital revolution. Information networks and flows influence significantly the way cities are used, our ability to analyze them, and the ways of organizing planning and decision-making processes. The digital city is increasingly dominating the physical city, affecting the emergence and expansion of social networks, (re)defining how public space is used and changing our capability to navigate in the urban maze. Meanwhile, the technological revolution is providing us with expanding capacity to trace, compare, and reflect on citizens’ activities. New devices and applications enable both professionals and lay people to capture, share, and create information, enriching and expanding our understanding of the city. Furthermore, the digitalization of cities provides us with opportunities to reorganize planning processes to enable bottom-up processes. Where open source, ‘wiki-planning’ and serious gaming meet with guerilla urbanism and top-down “smart cities” concepts, new governance landscapes may evolve.  Cities respond ever faster to this emerging new information, innovations, and their physical and institutional impact. Consequently, feedback loops in the city evolution are shortened and we are compelled to constantly review our understanding of it.