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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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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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