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Civic Crowdfunding and Citizen-led Micro-regeneration: case studies from European cities

This workshop provides the opportunity to discuss emerging practices of civic crowdfunding initiatives as generators of new forms of local participation and as activators of new forms of citizen-led, innovative micro-regeneration projects in European cities. The focus is on small-scale projects through which citizens and community groups proactively engage in the design, financial resources and transformation of urban spaces.

The workshop aims to bring together people, whether from an academic, practice based or lay perspective, to discuss innovative, small-scale initiatives supported through civic crowdfunding.

The workshop will explore a number of key core themes, for example: social innovation, technology, community building, local participation, local governance, design.

 

Are you running a space with your local community?

We are looking for stories about the economic organisation of community spaces (including social centers, cooperative businesses, co-working spaces, cultural venues in storefronts, buildings or open areas) developed and run by citizens with a social-cultural impact on their neighbourhood. Send us your story, describing the economic and organisation model, funding and human resources and development process of your space. Join us at our upcoming workshops and help other initiatives to learn from you! more….

RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2016

Members of the geographical and related communities are invited to propose sessions, papers and posters.

The theme for the 2016 Annual Conference is nexus thinking, an approach that has attracted a surge of interest in the last five years among academics, policy-makers and third sector organizations.  The aim of nexus thinking is to address the interdependencies, tensions and trade-offs between different environmental and social domains – an approach to which geographers might feel an inherent attraction.  Rather than seeing energy, food and water resources as separate systems, for example, nexus thinking focuses on their interconnections, favouring an integrated approach that moves beyond national, sectoral, policy and disciplinary silos to identify more efficient, equitable and sustainable use of scarce resources. more….

Call for Editors – Amps

Responding to the major growth in outputs created through these collaborations AMPS calls for several editors of books and journal publications. The positions are on a volunteer basis and can be embedded in two research programmes led by AMPS: Housing-Critical Futures and The Mediated City.

Given the interdisciplinary nature of the research organisation, its journal and associated book publications, this call will be of interest to academics involved with: architecture, urban studies, geography, sociology, media studies, art, new medias and digital technologies. more….

From urban sprawl to compact green cities

Call for Papers of Special Issue on From urban sprawl to compact green cities – indicators for multi-scale and multi-dimensional analysis

This Special Issue for the Journal of Ecological Indicators(www.journals.elsevier.com/ecological-indicators) aims to show up the current international state of art in developing, testing and implementing multi-dimensional (ecological, economic, social) and multi-scale (regional, city, neighborhood) indicators characterizing spatial processes and strategies dealing with urban sprawl and compact green cities for sustainable urban development. more….

NOT MY HERITAGE: New Identities/Voices in Conservation

Not My Heritage is a one-day student-run symposium exploring the following questions:

  • Whose heritage are we conserving?
  • Whose heritage is being unrepresented or underrepresented in the heritage conservation discourse of the 21st century?

This theme aims to attract submissions that critically address missing identities and voices in the heritage field and/or highlight alternative stories and perspectives in heritage conservation. more…

23rd International Seminar on Urban Form

The theme of the 23rd International Seminar on Urban Form (ISUF) is ‘Urban Morphology and the Resilient City’. The organizers and the Council of ISUF invite participation in the Conference by interested academics and professionals. Topics on which proposals are particularly welcome include: urban morphological theory, urban morphology and urban design/planning, urban morphology and sustainability, transformation and resilience in urban development, cities in the global era, urban form in Asia, and comparative urban morphology.

Further details: isuf2016@nju.edu.cn