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  • Roskilde

    Summer School - Urban studies

    Growing learning collectives in residential subdivision town

    Within the framework of the research program CAPA.CITY, the winterschool is organized around the question of how to establish learning collectives around citizens, professionals and authorities that are concerned by spatial transformations taking place in their daily environment. Through a location–based experimental learning approach the participants of the winterschool are invited to work on the residential subdivision town of Viby, Denmark.

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  • Sønderborg

    Call for papers - Europe

    Socially Sustainable Suburbia

    This issue aims to attract further attention to the challenging task of social sustainability in suburban areas. Rethinking suburbia entails both an analysis of possible improvement measures oriented towards the existing stock of buildings and the creation of new models of settlements in suburban locations. Such initiatives usually assume that, by means of a high quality urban design and planning, it is possible to assure the existence of both place-making and liveability in a specific context. However, it is the social response of residents that is the most significant proof of the success of a renewal initiative. This thematic issue calls for a critical reflection on both brand-new and pre-existing developments. Is it possible to promote liveability in a suburban environment?

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  • Copenhagen

    Call for papers - Urban studies

    Island Cities and Urban Archipelagos

    The ‘Island Cities and Urban Archipelagos’ conference explores the culture, economy, and politics of towns and cities based on islands worldwide. It considers common attributes of island cities, the influence of island status on urban development, and how and why different island cities have developed in different ways. Throughout history, islands have been sites of urban development. Physical separation from the mainland, spatial limitations, and maritime tradition facilitate transport of products and ideas, defence infrastructure, construction of social capital, consolidation of power, formation of cultures, and concentration of population.

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  • Copenhagen

    Call for papers - Urban studies

    Prison Architecture

    Words and walls

    Les murs s'imposent aux hommes, ce n'est certainement jamais aussi vrai qu'en prison. Et pourtant, ce sont bien des hommes qui font d'une prison ce qu'elle est, à travers leurs idées ou leurs rêves, leurs contraintes et leurs stratégies, leur travail ou leur résistance. C'est pourquoi un établissement pénitentiaire, comme tout bâtiment, ne correspond jamais à ce que l'on en attendait, il n'est jamais la simple réalisation d'une idée. Comprendre ce qu'est une prison suppose donc de suivre le processus complexe de son émergence. Il faut, en particulier, saisir comment s’articulent les différentes logiques en jeu à toutes les étapes de sa conception et les décalages qui s’introduisent, à chaque fois, entre le souhait et la réalité et, plus précisément, entre l’utopie et le projet (la prison idéale), entre le projet et la construction (la prison réelle) et entre la construction et les usages (la prison habitée).

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