Blog posts of June 2014

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.

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.