Towards Transformative Practice Frameworks: Planners, Professional Agency & Sustainable Urbanism

Towards Transformative Practice Frameworks: Planners, Professional Agency & Sustainable Urbanism

Call details at this link

Context: In the UK, a number of our part-time students (young practitioners) seem to be disappointed by what they see as planners having a limited ability to make a difference – And they also appear to be unaware of the range of strategies the preceding generation in the 1990s adopted – to change the status quo – for example, on planning’s role in promoting Sustainable Design and Construction at the time.

One aim of this Thematic Issue is to capture the inspiring legacy of pro-active sustainable planning practices from various perspectives of the recent past – And to use that record to look to the future role & potential opportunities to move the sustainable urbanism agenda forward, regardless of neoliberal barriers.

Another aim is to generate a discussion between Educators and Practitioners about planning expertise and emerging forms of agency – to enable frameworks for future transformative practices to emerge. Consequently, we would also welcome, and would look to include a couple of commentaries, opinion pieces and considered replies from readers – to the papers in this issue.

The theme of agency in planning is also relevant to designers experience of interacting with planners – and critical papers / case studies from a range of (academic, activist, design practitioner, &/or community) perspectives would be particularly welcome.

Please send us an expression of interest with your potential topic – Abstracts due by 15th Nov 2018.


CESB19 Prague Call for Abstracts Extended

Central Europe towards Sustainable Building Prague 2019 (CESB19) event is a part of 2019 international Sustainable Built Environment conference series convened under auspices of the four international organizations: iiSBE, CIB, UNEP-SBCI, FIDIC and the Global Alliance for Building and Construction.

CESB19 is the fifth conference in a row held in Prague on the actual research in sustainable building (more on previous CESB conferences here).

CESB19 is now announcing, that the extended date for abstracts submission is 31 May 2018. Until this date, you can still submit your abstract (up to 250 words) via conference electronic system accessible at

Conference topics

Buildings and climate change
New materials and products for sustainable buildings
Innovative technologies and systems for energy efficient and energy positive buildings
Decision-support tools and assessment methods for sustainable built environment
Retrofitting of existing building stock
Sustainable urban development
Industrial heritage regeneration
Policy and public awareness

Abstracts submission

Abstracts of 150–250 words in English shall be submitted electronically using conference system available at by 31 May 2018.

All papers accepted by the Scientific Committee and presented at the Conference in oral or poster form will be published in collaboration with IOP Publishers as open access papers in electronic proceedings within IOP Conference Series Earth and Environmental Science (EES, and submitted for indexing by ISI (Web of Science) and Scopus. Papers from previous CESB conferences are indexed and available for readers in databases.

Key dates

31 May 2018 Extended abstracts submission
15 September 2018 Acceptance notification
01 November 2018 Full papers submission
15 February 2019 Results of full papers’ review process
15 March 2019 Implementation of reviewers’ comments into full papers
01 April 2019 Presenting author’s registration

CESB series

The organizers have track record in organizing CESB events since 2007. Last time, CESB16 contributed to sharing knowledge among 337 participants from 47 countries.

All papers from previous CESB series are available here: CESB07 | CESB10 | CESB13 | CESB16.

More information at
We are looking forward to interesting abstracts and meeting you next year in Prague!

Call for Papers: Bauhaus Effects

Dublin, Ireland, 7-9 February 2019

A collaboration between the National College of Art and Design, University College Cork, University College Dubin and the Goethe Institut Dublin.

Keynote speakers will include Prof. Heike Hanada, the architect of the Bauhaus Museum currently under construction in Weimar.

As the centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus approaches, we seek contributors to reflect on the legacy and resonances of the innovative artistic, architectural, design and teaching practices developed there.

Bauhaus Effects aims to assemble an interdisciplinary collection of papers that analyse the repercussions of the legendary Bauhaus school in the hundred years since its inception, considering the ways in which the broad range of practices — including material analysis, models of pedagogy, textile and wallpaper composition, theatre staging and costume design, photography, and interior systems – have transformed everyday experiences from the 1920s to the present day.

Bauhaus innovations and models of thought continue to resonate within the contemporary built environment, from chair construction to skyscraper design, from interior spaces to urban topographies, warranting a thorough, methodologically diverse studies of its effects a century after the school was founded.

Bauhaus Effects aims to investigate the continuing impact of the Bauhaus on an impressive range of contemporary practices across the globe.  We propose that the Bauhaus was not just a radical art school but in fact initiated a fundamental paradigm shift in design culture whose import is ripe for assessment a century on.

We welcome papers from a wide range of perspectives, including urbanism, city and regional planning, architecture, drama and theatre studies, art school pedagogy, photo history, art history, contemporary art practice and theory, design history, corporate design and diaspora/exile studies.

Please submit a 300-word abstract and a 50 word biography by 1 July 2018 to:

Kathleen James-Chakraborty:

Francis Halsall:
Sabine Kriebel:

2nd Call for Papers – 21st IIWC Symposium York, UK – 12-15 September 2018

Wood has been one of the most commonly used construction materials throughout history, the result being a wide range of architectures reflecting different cultures and spread across every region of the world. Wooden built heritage is pervasive across time, belief systems and typologies: from waterlogged Mesolithic sites to painted church screens, shipwrecks to barns, temple shrines to portable huts, and from window frames to roof trusses.

In 1994 the Nara Document on Authenticity addressed the need for a broader understanding of cultural diversity and cultural heritage. The discussions that eventually led to the Nara Document were is some way influenced by the varying approaches to conservation of wooden heritage in different world cultures.

The 21st IIWC Symposium in York will have as its theme ‘New Horizons in the Conservation of Wooden Built Heritage’, and will give experts, professionals and practitioners the opportunity to discuss and exchange knowledge and insights about the many different perspectives of conservation of wooden heritage. It will be an interchange for new research and technical advancements, and a forum to engage our diverse community with the common goal of exploring new multi-disciplinary viewpoints and potentialities in the field of conservation.

The IIWC York symposium will provide a platform for experts, professionals and practitioners to showcase their work and obtain feedback from other symposium delegates.

Who should attend? ICOMOS members and non-members alike are welcome including: foresters, ecologists and archaeobotonists, carpenters, joiners and archaeologists, wood scientists, anthropologists and librarians, mill wrights and cultural historians, academics and conservators, financiers, property owners, legislators and project managers, engineers and architects, and researchers, educators, archivists, curators and students.

2nd Call for Papers:

On behalf of the ICOMOS International Wood Committee and ICOMOS-UK we invite papers to be presented at New Horizons, York 2018.

Papers are invited from both ICOMOS members and non-members.

Important dates:

  • 2 March 2018: 1st Call for Papers
  • 8 April 2018: 2nd Call for Papers
  • 15 May 2018: Deadline for submission of Abstracts; those sent after the deadline will not be considered.
  • 12 June 2018: Selected speakers notified of their selection
  • 12 -15 September 2018: ‘New Horizons’ – IIWC Symposium York 2018
Please find attached for your reference a copy of the Symposium notification and Call for Papers. Further information can be found at

We look forward to receiving your contributions and to seeing you in York this September.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Managing manorial heritage: scaling and balancing of public and private issues

The 4th ENCOUNTER-Conference

Managing manorial heritage: scaling and balancing of public and private issues

Call For Papers
Venue: European University Viadrina, Frankfurt / Oder (Germany)

Scientific Committee: Prof. Arne Bugge Amundsen (University of Oslo), Britta Andersen (The Danish Research Centre for Manorial Studies, Gammel Estrup), Dr. Jonathan Finch (University of York), Dr. Göran Ulväng (Uppsala University), Prof. Ronnes Hanneke (University of Groningen), Prof. Paul Zalewski (European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder)

The conference

The conference is focused on the issues of safeguarding, maintaining and management of manor houses in today`s Europe. The both, the evolutionary socioeconomic changes in the Western as well as the revolutionary turns in the Central and Eastern Europe have contributed to increasing concerns about the role and maintaining of objects, which have originally been built as private land estates of the nobility. These processes have been accelerating over the last decades due to the restructuring of land use and land property. Even urbanization and depopulation have to a different degree been affecting rural regions with their historically grown spatial and built structures. Maintaining the most valuable historic manors and castles has become a more and more challenging task.

At the same time, especially this category of objects is one of the most powerful foundations for all kinds of strategies in tourism planning, or – to express it more broadly – in the spatial development of whole regional entities. Indeed, several leisure, knowledge and experience-oriented developments in the society provide new chances for the manorial heritage.

There is the question how far can we observe an interrelation of both, the soft and of the hard frameworks and factors providing more audience and more capital for the distinguished pieces of rural heritage. As “soft factors” we can name the growing role of the aestheticization and individualization of social life, which in short means an increasing mobility and a search for unstandardized leisure wishes (being away, enjoying historic gardens, etc.). As “hard factors”, we understand the gradual increase of financial involvement due to the creation of touristic infrastructures or creating permanent residences by people who work independently in remote services.

In the framework of the conference the following three levels of object-related actions should be highlighted: On a “macro” level we want to ask to what extent “heritage governance” strategies in different European countries are coming from the top of the planning authorities and putting special emphasis on manors and estates and how do they work? On a “mezzo” level there is the question to what extent the existing manorial attractions can be horizontally interconnected and create a cooperative lobbies and networks with relevant offers for tourism and creative industries. Finally on a “micro” level there is the question how an individual manorial place can be developed and interconnected with the local, regional or supra-regional audiences in a bottom up manner?

According to this multiscalar approach, three conference-sections should be created. Each section can contain few presentations only (20 minutes for presentation + 10 minutes for discussions). Therefore, the excellence of applications as well as the experience of the potential contributors will be relevant for choosing the conference contributions.


Abstracts in English of max. 300 words (references excluded) as well as a brief biographical note with your title and institutional affiliation can be sent to:  The deadline for abstract submission is May 20, 2018. Notification of acceptance will be sent in early June, 2018.

The selected contributors can be exempted from the conference fee (99 Euro). The organizers are currently applying for additional funding. The contributors will be soon informed about the possibility of reimbursement of their travelling expenses after the selection of abstracts.

Download CFP as pdf.

Further details here>>

Urban Jewish Heritage: Presence and Absence

Final Call for Papers

Urban Jewish Heritage: Presence and Absence
Deadline: 11 May

For this important Conference in Krakow on Jewish Heritage we have been overwhelmed by expressions of interest from all parts of the world and have already received paper/presentation proposals from 29 countries.

In response to this global interest and to the many researchers and practitioners who still want to participate and share their research and experience with our international and inter-disciplinary audience in the famous City of Krakow, we have agreed to extend the ‘Call for Papers’ for another 4 weeks.

Help to shape our discussions around the past, present and future of urban Jewish Heritage, and join us for what will be an important event in shaping the future for Jewish Heritage across towns and cities around the world. Submit a 300 word abstract for papers/presentations as soon as possible and by 11th May at the very latest.

We are particularly keen to hear from researchers, planners and policy-makers who are working with the following:

·         The role of town, city, and municipality planning and heritage departments in developing management models for urban Jewish heritage

·         Case studies relating to the preservation, conservation, development and interpretation of Jewish heritage in towns and cities

·         Experiences of the tourism industry in running Jewish heritage tours, the touristic presentation of Jewish Heritage in towns and cities, and the touristic experience

·         The role of the museum in promoting, representing and presenting Jewish heritage

·         Intangible heritage relating to the presence and absence of Jewish heritage in urban areas.

If you have any queries or ideas or wish to discuss your involvement in this important event please do not hesitate to contact us:

To submit your 300 word abstract, please do so via our online submission platform: 

Conference Website:

Co-Organised by the Foundation for Jewish Heritage and the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage (University of Birmingham).


Call for Papers: ‘Smart’ Urban Heritage Management

‘Smart’ Urban Heritage Management Session at the 15th Architectural Humanities Research Association International Conference, 15th – 17th November 2018, Department of the Built Environment, TU Eindhoven.

The historic fabric which represents a city’s evolution and development is increasingly viewed as a set of assets that enhance the urban experience. These assets can create a sense of place, foster stronger communities, or help define unique identities that boost the urban economy by attracting investment in businesses, urban renewal projects and redevelopment opportunities. However, the unprecedented rise in urbanization trends has placed increased pressures on cities to utilize resources more efficiently, balancing development needs and carbon reduction targets while maintaining some of the historic fabric. It has therefore become imperative to manage heritage assets effectively and sensitively so that these continue to retain value and remain relevant to current and future generations.

This session aims to explore how urban heritage can be managed and maintained in a smart city. The range of questions the session seeks to explore includes, but is not limited to: How might smart technologies inform heritage policy? What smart tools are currently used and how have they assisted in managing urban heritage? How do these tools and technologies connect the intangible values associated with historic fabric to an increasing global population? How can information communication technologies, internet applications and other smart tools be used in view of budgetary constraints? What lessons have been learned and how can they be used to inform urban policy for an increasingly mixed range of pre- and post-1940’s urban fabric?

The call for conference papers is currently open. Please visit

Deadline for abstract submission is: 1st May 2018, 09:00:00am CET,

We welcome proposals for papers to the session (please click on the title to submit). Paper abstracts must include:

–        name and affiliation of author (and up to one other co-author), with one of the paper (co-)authors being identified as lead contact for the session chair and the organization committee (in the event of two co-authors, at least one must register and attend the conference).

–        Paper title

–        Paper abstract (up to 300 words)

–        A short bio per author of up to 300 words

Urban Summer School: Open Form – call for applications

National Institute of Architecture and Urban Planning announces the call for the summer school “Urban Summer School: Open Form”. We would be grateful if you could share this information on your website and social media channels. Please find attached poster, banner and call for applications pdf you can share.

Urban Summer School: Open Form
When: 26 August – 08 September 2018
Where: Lublin, Warsaw, Szumin
Application deadline: May 7, 2018
Event on Facebook:

Open Form is a concept that Zofia and Oskar Hansen have placed at the heart of their architectural, artistic and didactic work. According to this theory, architectural substance is the background for social relations, rather that the designer’s goal and an end in itself. The Hansens’ built projects were ahead of their time, in terms of thinking about participatory design, accessible housing, and public spaces. The expression of the Open Form is found in three different projects that will be visited by participants of summer school: osiedle Słowackiego in Lublin, Przyczółek Grochowski in Warsaw, and the architects’ home in Szumin. For ten days, these three locations will become a laboratory of experience and reflection.

Outline of the program, and the school’s principles

Participants in the Urban Summer School will be able to look at the architecture which is currently used by the third generation of inhabitants. From a historical perspective, the position of the Open Form Theory and the Linear Continuous System will be outlined against the background of the ideas of ​​the Modern Movement related to the architecture of housing estates and open areas. The school program is designed as a set of short courses, lectures, workshops and field-work in three theme-based studios. The structure of the school will be determined by the scales, which the designers themselves have used: micro, meso and macroscale. They will be translated into the perspective of a flat, a housing estate, and a housing cooperative. Working language is English.

Eligibility Criteria

We welcome students, researchers and young professionals operating in the fields of architecture, urban planning, art and design, as well as representatives of other areas of humanities (history, sociology, fine arts, anthropology, and more). Participation in the school is free of charge. Organizers will cover travel expenses (up to 200 eur), accommodation and catering for the participants.

For more details feel free to contact the program coordinator Kacper Kępiński at

Alternatives to the Present. A Conference on Architecture, Urbanism, Sociology, Development & Planning

Kent State University, Cleveland   

01-02 November 2018 

 Abstracts: 05 June 2018.  Download form


Alternatives to the Present…… The New Urban Agenda of the United Nations presents itself as a blueprint for governments globally. Through it, UN-Habitat seeks to combine the material, social and environmental agendas molding the urban world. The American Planning Association reflects this, advocating for planning that promotes social equity, inclusive communities, and expanded opportunities for all. The International Union of Architects speaks of revolutionizing design to ensure sustainable human settlement, while the AIA champions livable communities. In the UK, the RIBA links housing design and social inclusion and the National Housing Federation connects the provision of homes to public health. All this reflects the field of sociology and geography with the ISAidentifying cites as the principle site of social conflict and political contestation and the American Association of Geographers linking the notions of resilience and urban justice.

This apparently holistic view suggests that 20th Century top-down and disciplinary reductive understandings of the urban condition, such as those attributed to the Athens Charter, are a thing of the past. It also suggests a scenario in which social equity is fully integrated into notions of development. However, even a cursory glance at the reality of early 21st Century urbanism shows this is clearly not the case. On the one hand, individual disciplines still tend to work in isolation and even in competition, while on the other, Neoliberal agendas still represent the raison d’être of most development projects. The Alternatives to the Present conference seeks to critique the dichotomies involved in this increasingly confused scenario by bringing together various disciplines to interrogate the diversity of factors either limiting or activating the possibilities of an equitable urban future.

Call for Papers: Identities and the Cities: Urban Transformations, Transition and Change in Urban Image Construction

As part of the 7th Euroacademia International Conference
‘Identities and Identifications: Politicized Uses of Collective Identities’
Lucca, Tuscany, Italy, 14 – 15 June 2018

Deadline: 7th of May 2018

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.

Some example of topics may include (but are not limited to):

•       Collective Memory, Identity and Urban Image Construction
•       Appropriation, Instrumentalisation and Functualisation of Public Spaces
•       Contemporary Nomadism and the City as a Common Denominator for Collective Identities
•       Architecture as ‘Politics with Bricks and Mortar’
•       History, Heritage and Urban Change
•       Urban Regeneration Projects, Landmark Buildings and ‘Starchitects’
•       Non-Places and (Non)Identity
•       Immigrants and the Cultural Identity of Cities
•       City Marketing and City Branding
•       Cities and Public Goods
•       European Capitals of Culture and European Identity
•       Cities and Sites of Memorialisation
•       Identity Creation and the Cultural Offer of the City
•       Urban Cultural Heritage as Identity-Anchor
•       Minor Places: Dominant Culture and Site-Specific Urban Identities
•       Creative Changes of the Cities
•       Art and Industry in Urban Development
•       Urban Aesthetics
•       Urban Installations
•       Critical Architecture
•       Urbanism and Social Intervention: Inclusion of the Marginalized
•       Centre/Periphery Nexuses in Contemporary Urban Development
•       Cities and the Quality of Life
•       Urban Landscapes and Sustainable Cities
•       Contemporary Cities and Environmental Responsibility
•       Ugliness, Kitsch and Value in Shaping Contemporary Urban Spaces
•       Urban Sites of Identification
•       Temporary Urban Interventions
•       Architecture as Public Art

If interested in participating, please read the complete event details on the conference website and apply on-line. Alternatively you can send a maximum 300 words abstract together with the details of your affiliation until 7th of May 2018 by e-mail

For full details of the conference and on-line application please see: