Blog posts of 2014

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

Published at: 27 June 2014

During the 15th & 16th of January 2015, the 13th meeting of AESOP's thematic group on Complexity and Planning was held in Tampere. The event was hosted by the School of Architecture of the Tampere University of Technology. The participants discussed the challenges and opportunities of the digitalization of cities and explore how complex theories can offer a source of inspiration for enhancing our understanding of this digitalization process and its effects on architecture, planning and governance.

Prof. Itzhak Benenson gave an intriguing keynote on the consequences of big data and we were pleased to have him with us. A special word of gratitude goes to School of Architecture of the TUT and in particular Jenni Partanen for organizing this interactive and inspiring event.

Please click to view the programme and all presentations.

AESOP discussion on the New Urban Agenda

Published at: 19 June 2014

AESOP is urgently inviting its members to contribute to the New Urban Agenda discussion, launched last week as part of Habitat III, via this blog.

Habitat III, the Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, will take place in 2016, and UN-Habitat is in the process of asking local authorities and other Habitat Agenda Partners for their assistance in structuring the Habitat III meetings and formulating a New Urban Agenda. AESOP has been asked to put forward suggestions and will respond directly and via its counterpart GPEAN despite a rather short deadline: the 25th June, 2014.


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.

The Sustainable Cities Thematic Group

Published at: 29 April 2014

Dear all, I am pleased to announce that the Sustainable Cities Thematic Group has been approved. We can now start developing our ideas and...

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.

Call for Abstracts: Becoming Local Series, Bucharest Meeting (June 11-14, 2014)

Published at: 7 March 2014


Deadine for abstracts: April 14 2014

Local Coordinator: Gabriel PascariuThematic Group Representative: Matej Nikšič, Ceren Sezer Hosting Institution: Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism

Please join us in the forthcoming first event of the 
Association of European Schools of Planning's Thematic Group on Public Spaces and Urban Cultures within the "Becoming Local Series" 2013 to 2015 in Bucharest in June 11-14 2014. 

For more information, please visit: (Operational from April 2014)