CALL FOR MANIFESTOS FOR THE JUST CITY

Published at: 28 September 2021

Join us in writing a manifesto for the Just City

This is an online workshop and lecture series where students of the built environment are invited to learn, reflect and write about the big societal challenges of our time and how they influence urbanisation and justice in our cities. More than 102 universities took part in the last edition. The 2021 editions kicks off on OCT 4 with a lecture by Professor Faranak Miraftab, one the big names in insurgent planning and design. More info and registration at https://spatial-justice.org/manifestos/

The workshop "Call for a Manifesto for the Just City" is a digital lecture and debate series composed of four sessions sponsored by TU Delft, IHS Erasmus, the University of Illinois, the Winston-Salem University and other partners, leading to the writing of Manifestos for the Just City by teams of students. This activity is open to Bachelor and Master’s students from any university, in any area of studies related to the built environment.

For inquiries, please contact Roberto Rocco at r.c.rocco@tudelft.nl

More information and registration at: https://spatial-justice.org/manifestos/

WORKSHOP PROGRAMME

DAY ONE: 4 OCT: COMMUNITY & GRASSROOTS ACTIONS as insurgent practices 19:00 CET (Amsterdam)/ 12:00 CDT (Chicago): Opening: introduction to the event 19:10: Keynote speaker: Professor Faranak Miraftab, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (US) 19:40 Q&A 19:50 Break 20:00 STUDENT MANIFESTO WORKSHOP: Break-out rooms with students: preparation of statements [100-200-word statements] 20:30 Students’ statements 20:40 End

DAY TWO: 11 OCT: URBAN INFORMALITY 19:00 CET (Amsterdam)/ 12:00 CDT (Chicago): Opening: introduction to the event 19:05 Keynote speaker: Mona Fawaz, Professor of Urban Planning, American University of Beirut, Lebanon. 19:35 Q&A 19:45 Break 19:55 STUDENT MANIFESTO WORKSHOP: Break-out rooms with students from participating universities: preparation of statements [100-200-word statements] 20:30 Students’ statements 20:40 End

DAY THREE 18 OCT: COMMODIFICATION & FINANCIALISATION of the city 19:00 CET (Amsterdam)/ 12:00 CDT (Chicago): Opening: introduction to the event 19:05: Keynote speaker: Professor Mariana Fix, University of São Paulo 19:35 Q&A 19:45 Break 19:55 STUDENT MANIFESTO WORKSHOP: Break-out rooms with students from participating universities: preparation of statements [100-200-word statements] 20:30 Students’ statements 20:40 End

DAY FOUR 25 OCT: MIGRATION & DIVERSITY in the city 19:00 CET (Amsterdam)/ 12:00 CDT (Chicago): Opening: introduction to the event 19:30 Keynote speaker: Professor Romola Sanyal, London School of Economics. 19:35 Q&A 19:45 Break 19:55 STUDENT MANIFESTO WORKSHOP: Break-out rooms with students from participating universities: preparation of statements [100-200-word statements] 20:30 STUDENT MANIFESTO WORKSHOP: Final statements from students from participating universities + closing remarks 20:40 End

DEADLINE FOR MANIFESTOS: 1 DEC 2021

MONDAY 30 JAN 2022 19:00 CET/ 12:00 CDT Launching of the Book “Manifesto for the Just City Volume 2”

Call for Manifestos

COVID-19 initially looked like the “great equaliser”: all of humanity facing exactly the same microscopic enemy. There seemed to be an opportunity for all of us to work together towards the same goal: to heal ourselves, our cities and our relationship with our planet. It seemed almost like a dress rehearsal for the even bigger challenges we must face in the next decades: our planet’s climate emergency, the likely disappearance of much of the planet’s biodiversity after the mass extinction of animals and plants in the last 50 years, the exhaustion of natural resources, growing inequality, as well as the rise of populism and a deepening democratic crisis. Sadly, it soon became apparent that the virus would have a very different impact on different groups of people around the world, depending on their age, location, type of government, social class, access to medical care, job opportunities and even race. We have not come together. Our divisions and the injustices of our cities became even more apparent thanks to the virus.

Amid so many problems, we still have reason to be optimistic: we can turn things around and build back better after the storm is over. And the way to heal ourselves and our relationship with our planet is deeply connected to how we will deal with urbanisation. Our cities and communities are the key for healthier people and a healthier planet, but also the key for stronger democracies and more resilient communities. Much work has already been done and the pathway to sustainable and fair cities has been laid out in the Sustainable Development Goals, the New Urban Agenda and the European Green Deal, among other policy frameworks. But we need more and better ideas on how to make our cities truly sustainable, inclusive, and democratic. That's why we call on students and teachers to help us write a Manifesto for the Just City.

https://spatial-justice.org/manifestos/

CALL FOR MANIFESTOS FOR THE JUST CITY