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CALL FOR PAPERS: The challenge for academics at Creativity World Forum 2017

On 1-2 Nov 2017 Creativity World Forum comes to the Danish shores for the first time. This is the largest event on creativity during Aarhus’ year as European Capital of Culture. The forum will combine academics, creatives and policy alike and integrate the academic session in a cornucopia of:

15+ high profile speakers
30+ creative breakout sessions
2000+ great minds

Globally, more people are city-dwellers than not. The move toward urban areas is only gathering speed: With Western countries leading the way, projections sway between 64 and 70 per cent of the world population that will live in cities by 2050. These are not just dry numbers: People are excited about city opportunities and choose the city as their place to live, work and play.

Aarhus is one of the oldest Danish cities, now labeled a city on the rise – building on cutting edge urban planning, new smart public spaces, and a growing ecosystem for creative citizen engagement and urban reflection. Cultural creative institutions, neighborhoods and incubators are shaping spaces for us to shape our lives. Yet our cities are dominated by industrial heritage, on the level of decision-making structures, build environment and public spaces as well as funding and spending priorities. This call asks how we can ensure that the changes currently being made to this “city heritage” enables the city of opportunities so much needed for us – and generations to come?

For example:

  • Can regeneration through building development and real estate investment, new public infrastructures building a city of opportunities? If so, how?
  • Or how about the everso popular incitement for creative participation through temporary project funding or ppp’s (private-public-partnerships)? Does that leverage opportunities for the future?

Creativity World Forum asks how to make urban creativity work and sustain: How to transform city heritage into a city of opportunities?

We highlight this against a backdrop where many cities are re-scoping towards a creative city, whilst dealing with inherited structures and population increase. The city heritage encompasses much of our world, in both digital and physical infrastructure, institutional configurations, public financing legacy, information flows and decision-making structures. That is not an easy balance.
The challenge is how to create a future of creative opportunities in our cities? What happens with the inherited structures? Do we regenerate? Or is it wiser to start afresh?

If you are researching in that direction, we would love to hear from you. We welcome all formats, innovative and traditional.

The Creativity World Forum Call for Papers, hosted by Aarhus University, invites academic contributions—critical reflections, case-studies, solutions and answers – to the question of how to use creativity to develop cities on the rise and address a changed global context for urban livability?

We invite abstracts of 100-500 words for long and short papers. You will need the following: focus and theme, description, keywords, and short biographical information

We welcome submission of abstracts until 20 March 2017 12 noon CET.

Further information here…


CALL FOR PAPERS: Journal of Urbanism, Special issue: Food and Urbanism

The focus of this special issue of the Journal of Urbanism is to explore and extend our knowledge and understanding of the ways that food and urbanism interconnect in diverse urbanism contexts worldwide. As is increasingly clear, food is a critical aspect of urbanism: an insight sharpened by the connected and worsening issues of inequality and climate change we face globally. The complex roles food plays are now the object of research in a number of disciplines, as well as in cross-disciplinary work, in urban design, planning, architecture, geography, sociology, anthropology, urban history, gastronomy, political economy and more. For this special issue, we call for papers that explore, generally through a primary research focus, the ways that food influences placemaking and can help or hinder sustainable urbanism outcomes. The aim is to add to the body of knowledge about food and urbanism with a view to advancing both conceptual and theoretical frameworks and showcasing specific applied research findings. We welcome papers concentrating on (but not limited to) a range of urbanism scales that might extend from the domestic to the region, a diversity of food centred research sites, and in relation to any aspect or aspects of the food system from production, through distribution, exchange, consumption, and ‘waste’.

While we do not wish to constrain the breadth of papers that may be submitted, examples of possible topics include:

  • The urbanism of food in the domestic sphere – including kitchens, dining rooms, and gardens
  • Foodscapes within ‘traditional’ urban spaces including markets, shops, cafes, restaurants etc
  • The relationship to food and urbanism to evolving experiences of public space
  • Sustainable urban design and food at any stage along the food chain from production to retailing, consumption and ‘waste’
  • Food production and distribution landscapes – including urban, peri-urban and regional contexts
  • Food and urbanism in suburbia, post suburbia and megalopolis
  • Gender and sustainable urbanism in relation to food
  • The urbanism of urban agriculture including ‘transect’ and other design-led approaches
  • Urbanism and urban food design and planning policy

The papers will be subject to a double blind peer review process, and the successful submissions will be included in the Journal of Urbanism special issue.

More details are available from the guest editor below.

Guide for authors
To submit your paper, please click on the following link: Once you log in, on the “Details and comments” page, check “yes” under “Is the manuscript a candidate for a special issue?” In the box, enter “Food and Urbanism” as the special issue title.

Deadline for final paper submission: September 1, 2017

European Urban Transformations, Transition and Change in European Urban Image Construction

As part of 7th Euroacademia International Conference: Europe Inside-Out: Europe and Europeanness Exposed to Plural Observers
Porto, Portugal, 28 – 29 April 2017
Deadline for paper proposals: 15th of March 2017
Urban Transformations, Transition and Change in European Urban Image Construction.

Panel Description

Urban image construction is a reflection, expression and constitutive factor of local identity formation and dynamics. Cities simultaneously localize identities and connect them with wider global signs of utility, function and symbolic order. Elasticity of the label identity accommodates everything that surrounds us as presence or absence, persistence or change. As a theatrical scenery, cities change after each act, sometimes with discrete adaptations, sometimes with radical interventions. If the scenery is composed of streets, parks, roads, museums, monuments, shopping malls and buildings connected through the intricate network of the perpetual and cumulative actions of its inhabitants, every adaptation and intervention affects its multi-dimensional identities. Changes in urban visual identities unfold as a form of public art feeding from the immense potential of social imaginary significations accommodated by a time’s perception of stability, structure and continuity. Urban change is itself a production of meaning, interpretation and identity making practices.

As the chaotic canvases of cities are being stretched over a framework of identity, its further exploration seems more than appropriate. Amidst the incredibly rapid urban growth crowding more than half of the world population in towns and cities, the questions are only going to keep multiplying. How are city identities made and re-made, used and abused, imagined and narrated, politicised and communicated, expressed and projected, imposed and marketed? And above all, how do they thrive within the dynamic interpolation of the nexus of local-global, centre-periphery, urban – suburban, old and new. As out-dated as these dichotomies may sound, in many places their daily life is far from over. As old cities became new capitals and new capitals struggle for more capital, the challenges of maintaining public-driven collective identities in the face of cultural fragmentation and diversification, coupled with consumer-attractiveness is turning them into urban palimpsests. Urban environments reflect the human needs and values. In an increasingly globalized world, the human beings are becoming more citizens of the world than citizens of the cities. The increasing mobility of the new pilgrims of globalization creates more of the same in the logic of universalized urban functionality. Within this logic, the cities are now in the position to re-evaluate their impact on the world and shape their future in a manner that assumes a wider responsibility that evades a localized mentality. Urban local identities are becoming increasingly thin and rely strongly on negotiating a local specificity with universalized functionality and global responsibility. An increasing need for uniqueness and distinctiveness foster site-specificity aimed at placing a particular urban identity within a global economic hierarchy. Public art became essential for affirming distinctive local urban identities in a universe of serialization and commodification.

As the research on cultural identities of the city is becoming more abundant, this panel aims at adopting a wide-lens inter-disciplinary approach, while focusing on various processes affecting identities in the urban context in its global-regional-national-local interplay.

If interested in participating, please see full details of the event on the conference website and apply on-line or send a maximum 300 words abstract together with the details of your affiliation until 15th of March 2017 at

For full details of the conference and on-line application please see the conference website:
Applications are reviewed regularly by the Selection Committee and in order to facilitate best funding and travel arrangements, an answer to each application is provided in maximum 4 working days.

Studies of Architecture, Urbanism and Enironmental Sciences Journal

Studies of Architecture, Urbanism and Enironmental Sciences Journal invites researchers and academics in related disciplines to submit their manuscripts for publication in the first issue of the journal after peer-review. A list of topics of interest can be found on the website under the Aims and Scope section.

Note: Submissions to the journal should be made only electronically through the journal management system after registration. Manuscripts submitted through other means will not be considered for possible publication. Please do NOT submit your manuscripts via e-mail.

Submission Deadline: April, 2017

CAPITALizing on Heritage

Call for Abstracts

Ottawa, an historic capital city and the Confederation’s 150th anniversary offer the perfect opportunity to explore how people, policy, and preservation practice intersect to renew landmarks, protect what matters, and create vibrant places.

The Association for Preservation Technology International and the National Trust for Canada have joined forces to create CAPITALizing on HERITAGE, expected to be the largest gathering of conservation practitioners and advocates ever mounted in Canada. Industry professionals and strong community voices will come together to share the best in technology, policy, means and methods for preserving and renewing heritage buildings, sculptures, districts and engineering works.

The conference will capitalize on this rich blend of history, place, ritual and expertise for a truly memorable and inspiring event. Reflecting this diversity, CAPITALizing on HERITAGE will provide an extraordinary opportunity with seven conference tracks organized into three technical tracks, three cultural/community tracks and one track exploring the intersection of policy and technical issues. The papers within each thematic track will range from macro to micro in scale, with subject matter as diverse as cultural landscapes, non-destructive testing, heritage advocacy, engineering, sustainability, and project financing.

Conference Tracks:
Track 1: Documentation and Diagnostics – Understanding Historic Places
Track 2: Design – Planning the Conservation if Historic Places
Track 3: Delivery – Intervening  In Historic Places
Track 4: Policy and Practice
Track 5: CANADA 150 – Indigenous Heritage, Diversity, and New Directions
Track 6: Integrating Old and New – Buildings, Districts, and Landscapes
Track 7: Regeneration – Community, Economics, and Equitable Places

Decolonising placemaking knowledges: considering global placemaking

Paper/panel session at Royal Geographical Society 2017 Annual International Conference, London, Tuesday 29 August to Friday 1 September 2017.

Placemaking as a practice and philosophy has been written about extensively since the 1970s, in the main by US, UK and European scholars and practitioners. This session aims to open the consideration of placemaking from a global perspective, through papers from global practitioners and projects from the non-Western, non-Northern hemisphere.

Attempts to humanise the process of spatial planning and design (Healey, 2011, 2010) has evolved with the re-emergence of the importance of place (Casey, 1998) and post-colonial discourse. The potential to engage creative, collaborative and ecological practices within placemaking’s processes (Schneekloth and Shibley, 1995; Silberberg, 2013; Wright, 2005) become necessities if we are to combat the negative impacts of planetary urbanisation, anthropocentric climate change and social justice and cohesion.

Broader philosophical definitions such as ‘retrospective world-building’ (Basso, 1996:5) the creation of a meaningful humanly authored world (Tuan, 1976), ‘daily acts of renovating, maintaining, and representing the places that sustain us” (Schneekloth and Shibley, 1995:274) and ‘to create a sense of belonging through place’ (Silberberg, 2013) further complicate the relationship between professionals, residents and the practice of placemaking.

From this perspective what placemaking knowledges have yet to be integrated into current practices and thinking? How might global placemaking, in particular practices and processes of placemaking from non-Western/non-Northern hemisphere countries, Indigenous practices, feminist practices and more expand the current discourse?

The session forms a panel/paper session from a broad range of fields and perspectives presenting short provocations that explore and share the concerns of such practices and how these practices can lead thinking on issues in placemaking faced in US/UK/Europe today. The panel/papers will be followed by world café breakout sessions to discuss the issues raised by the panellists with the sessions attendees.

If you are interested in joining the panel/submitting a paper, please submit an abstract for consideration, of no more than 250 words, with a short biog, by Friday, 10th February, to and

Successful applicants will be informed by 13th February, to confirm attendance by 16th February. Regretfully, particularly in light of the topic, no funding is available to support national or international travel so those interested should only submit an abstract if they are able to self/institution/organisation fund.

Commercial UAV Expo Europe 2017: Call for Speakers!

Commercial UAV Expo Europe 2017 is a conference and exhibition, taking place 20-22 June 2017 in Brussels, Belgium.

We are seeking use case presentations of UAV/UAS solutions for:

  • Process/power/utilities inspection: pipeline, cell tower, transmission line, asset management, planning
  • Infrastructure design, construction and inspection: roads, bridges, tunnels, facilities
  • Construction: progress on a jobsite, innovative uses of UAV/UAS for precision measurement
  • Mining applications: volumetric measurement, stockpile management, risk mitigation
  • Asset management case studies: using UAV/UAS for documentation and management of physical assets
  • Environmental Monitoring: case studies of UAV/UAS for environmental projects
  • Surveying & Mapping: case studies of UAV/UAS for survey and mapping projects
  • Precision Agriculture applications: case studies of UAV/UAS for agriculture, farming
  • Law enforcement, Security, Emergency Response: case studies of UAV/UAS integration for first responders, to address security concerns
  • Regulatory landscape, regulatory initiatives, current regulatory structure,  updates by country on existing and future regulations, EU perspective, harmonization of standards
  • Privacy issues
  • Safety, legal, liability and insurance considerations: opportunities to field test within legal framework, risk mitigation, safety and training
  • Privacy issues
  • Planning for UAV/UAS integration with existing workflows
  • Data fusion: Integrating UAV/UAS with other precision measurement systems and data capture methods
  • University/Industry Collaboration: developments and opportunities, public-private partnerships, university research.

Please note: Presentations must be original and not a repeat of a presentation given at another conference. Commercial presentations will not be considered for the main program.

INTERESTED IN PRESENTING? Find out more here..

Valuing Heritage in the Postcolonial City

In this session, we wish to place under scrutiny the contested values which undergird heritage and landscape inventorising and conservation in the postcolonial city. Our specific focus is upon cities whose histories are inextricably wound up with imperial projects, past and present. This could include cities in colonial or metropolitan heartlands whose affluence, landscapes, and built heritage were shaped by colonialism and cities in colonial peripheries caught up in colonisation and bearing the stamp of colonial power, anti-colonial struggles, and decolonisation.  In part, we wish to examine how colonial heritages are valued in these city landscapes in the context of neoliberal mega-development projects and place branding.  Cultural and historical critiques of city marketing have questioned the ways in which local histories are often appropriated, silenced, and sanitised as part of an attempt to rebrand and repackage cities for new ‘consumers’. With specific respect to the marketing of the postcolonial city and to neoliberal mega-development projects therein, we are keen to explore which stories are told, which not, who gets to decide, and what this all means for landscape preservation and heritage management.

Papers are invited from across the Global North and in particular Global South (especially from early career researchers) which examine:
·         The ongoing impress of colonial pasts, anti-colonial struggles, and postcolonial trajectories in contemporary landscapes in cities embroiled in complex colonial and postcolonial histories.
·         How colonial landscapes are valued, inventorised and conserved in the postcolonial city.
·         Contestation and dissonant values in the heritage debates in the postcolonial city.
·         The role of neoliberal and entrepreneurial mega-projects and city marketing in shaping debates on heritage management, including the ‘worlding’ of landscapes in cities in the Global South.
·         Methodologies (geo-humanities and digital technologies) through which a wider range of social values might be included in heritage policy and practice.
·         The meaning and implications of the recent rise to prominence of a historic urban landscape paradigm for heritage management in the postcolonial city.
Please submit abstracts of up to 250 words to Mark Boyle ( or Andrew McClelland ( by 6th February 2017.

Further details here..

UK Construction Week 2017

UK Construction Week 2017 is looking for contributors to this year’s seminar programme. The show took place for the second time last year and was an overwhelming success with over 30,000 of you in attendance across three days. It is the UK’s largest and most supported event for the industry. 

UK Construction Week will be vital for the industry in the next few years. As we begin to discover what the UK will look like post BREXIT, it will provide answers with regards to shifting regulation, changes to trade, investment opportunities and the economic impact on construction as a whole. 

A major part of the show’s success was underpinned by the engaging seminar programme. If you’d like to contribute to the programme, we would like to hear about projects you may be working on, or advice and experience you’d like to contribute on in any of these areas:

  • Innovation: Show the world what an innovative and inspiring industry this is
  • Latest solutions to the housing crisis and affordable home solutions
  • Ground breaking projects making particular use of timber, steel and/or concrete
  • How do we empower SME’s?
  • Smart cities of 2020: What’s coming?
  • Disruptive forces: Which industries can we learn from?
  • Infrastructure planning and development
  • Future architecture and interior design
  • How to improve diversity, skills, recruitment and retention in construction
  • UK Construction Talent: Architects, Facilities Managers, Civil Engineers, Contractors etc…the best export we have. How can we make BREXIT a positive outcome?
The deadline for submissions is Friday, 17th February 2017.

UK Construction Week takes place on 10-12 October 2017 at the NEC, Birmingham.

Urban Sustainability and Resilience Conference

2017 USAR Conference call for abstracts.

Abstract submission deadline: 23rdJanuary 2017.

We invite research students, academics and industry practitioners to submit abstracts for research papers, workshops and practice papers on the following themes:

· Achieving both sustainable and resilient cities

· Resilient infrastructure

· Green infrastructure

· Urban recovery post-disaster

· The circular economy

 More details on abstract guidance information here..