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call for papers: urban europe [conference]



From 20th to 22nd of September 2012 the European Urban Research Association (EURA) is going to hold its annual conference titled Urban Europe – Challenges to Meet the Urban Future at the Vienna University of Technology:

“Cities are both drivers of economic, technological and organisational development and the places of remarkable social change. The conference “Urban Europe – Challenges to Meet the Urban Future” reflects the actual urban situations and the main challenges and outlines outcomes and solutions.
The aim of the conference is to collect critical and practical relevant theses and results to stimulate debates on the European urban future. It particularly addresses the governance of cities which have to deal with contradictory challenges between economic competitiveness and social cohesion, technological aspects of energy management (‘smart cities’) and settlement growth, shrinking cities, increasing segregation and environment protection. There is a need for new forms of governance to integrate the increasingly different interests of heterogeneous urban societies and to come up with growth coalitions that combine competitiveness and responsibilities for balanced developments.”

EURA invites you to submit abstracts  until the 17th of March 2012 for the following tracks:
Track 1 – Aim, Process and Deficits of the Joint Programming Initiative “Urban Europe”
Track 2 – Patterns and Driving Forces of Long-Term Urban Dynamics
Track 3 – Competitive and Inclusive Metropolitan Development and Governance
Track 4 – Vulnerable and Resilient Cities
Track 5 – Metabolism of Urban Areas – Resource, Energy and Land Use
Track 6 – Innovation Hubs and Living Labs

For further information download the conference flyer EURA2012.pdf or visit the EURA website.

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we love the place we hate, then hate the place we love.


Trailer: Of Time and the City by Terence Davies, 2008.
Review summary by A.O. Scott
on New York Times
Review by Kenneth Turan on Los Angeles Times
Web site: Of Time and the City

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thecityandthecityandthecity mbOdied.


How can we understand the physical flows through this specific place and time in relation to constellations of urban thought? Can the bodily connection to these thoughts be mapped or choreographed or understood? Carolyn Deby (an artist and choreographer and currently artist in residence at UCL Urban Laboratory), who works internationally as sirencrossing, will be concerning these questions from an embodied perspective through movement, sound, text, place and video. Highlighting interactions with spaces, gazes and thoughts that lie beyond the boundaries of the institution and consider interleaved layers of an urban existence.
The site-specific choreography is limited to fourty visitors at a time who`ll be experiencing the performance by travelling together in and around the UCL`s Bedford Way building: In particular, flows between people, ideas, practices and territories within the Urban Laboratory, and between it and its surrounding ‘everyday’ contexts, will be explored as a series of simultaneous ‘cities’. “The movement of audiences through time and space is as important to the work and the experience as is the devised movement of ‘performers’ or the juxtaposition of events, images, words, sound and place that might occur during the course of a piece. The use of place centres on exploring and revealing the psychogeographic topography of specific urban environments”, Deby explains on her web-site, and furthermore: “I am interested in the collision between the built environment of cities and the forces of the natural world. It seems to me that the human body is itself the repository and the meeting point for all the conflicts, dreams and fragments that are generated on the border between concrete and green. I am most interested in the places where the city cracks open, or is forgotten: the places where decay and dereliction open up the possibility of seeing the city in an altered light.”


thecityandthecityandthecity mbOdied
a site-specific choreography by Carolyn Deby,
UCL Bedford Way building,
26 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AP

Wednesday 25th & Thursday 26th January 2012
two shows nightly: 6:15pm + 8:15pm
free entrance
limited audience capacity – booking required

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cultural acupuncture treatment for suburb.

In times of urban sprawl and an enormous growth of suburbs around cities in the world, the project Culburb (which stands for Cultural Acupuncture Treatment for Suburb) aims to reactivating the public realm in the suburbs of Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Ljubljana and Bratislava by fostering acupuncture interventions that effect as well interactions between the inhabitants as the community life.

The pressure made by suburbia and sprawl to the core of a city is not just an infrastructural issue connected with financial investment, but it brings a paradox to the contemporary city because it is increasingly loosing one of its primary functions – housing. The majority of city users no longer lives in the city; home is beyond the city borders. This fact causes a new political map where city users, the ones living in suburbia, almost have stronger voting potential than city residents. This distribution of political power is deadly for the future of the European city. Either it is necessary to change the structure of political systems, or to extend city functions to suburbia and decrease daily migration. – Press Release

To start the cityfication of suburbia, individuals and collectives with artistic, architectural or backgrounds from other fields are invited to join the project with their ideas and interpretations that lead to socializing; the reduction of barriers; enhancement in the quality of the environment; and improved community life.

Detailled information on the call for entries can be found here.
Registration (culburb@culburb.eu) is open until 10. 01. 2012.
Submission in English language must be sent no later than 31. 01. 2012 on culburb@culburb.eu
Website: http://www.culburb.eu/

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experimentdays 01. vienna


credits: Stadtambulanz, poster

The EXPERIMENTDAYS 01. WIEN will take place for the first time in Vienna, starting today in the recently opened Museum 21er Haus with a warm-up including discussions and presentations  featured by the German magazine Arch +. The team of Vienna-based Stadtambulanz has been organizing and curating a manifold program for the following two days. Concerning alternative and participatory models of building the city, the event is packed with discussions, lectures and serves as project exchange, too. For further information visit EXPERIMENTDAYS 01. WIEN.

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