City University London: Summer 2020 Conference

Complexity and the City – Life, Design and Commerce in the Built Environment

Conference: 17-19 June 2020
Place: City, University or London.
ABSTRACTS: (Round One): DEC 2019

Abstracts received later in December will be included in Round One reviews immediately. Later submissions will be included in Round Two.

Urban Design | Architecture | Sustainability | Engineering | Housing | Public Health | Sociology | Economics | Business | Governance | Art and Culture  |  History

Routledge | UCL Press | Intellect Books | Cambridge Scholars Publishing | Vernon Press | Libri Publishing.

– Design Education. Routledge. 2021
– Urban Histories in Practice. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 2020
– Narrating the City. Intellect Books. 2020
– Critical Practices in Architecture and Place Making. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 2020
– Designing for Health & Wellbeing. Vernon Press. 2019
– Global Dimensions in Housing. Libri Publishing. 2018
– From Conflict to Inclusion in Housing. UCL Press, 2017
– Visioning Technologies. Routledge, Taylor&Francis. 2016
– Filming the City. Intellect Books. 2014
– Housing the Future. Libri Publishing, 2015
– Housing Solutions Through Design. Libri Publishing. 2016
– Digital Futures and the City. Intellect Books, 2014.
– Imaging the City. Intellect Books. 2014       

The first years of the 1970s saw the introduction of a whole series of notions that would mutually inform our reading of the metropolis: social justice and the city, sustainability, defensible space, and urban centres as sites of public health. It saw the emergence of concepts such as the global city, urban economics, the post-industrial society and the cultural city. From art, design and cultural perspectives, post-modernism would critique of the whole modernist project.

Five decades after complexity theory was first applied to our reading of the city, this conference revisits its consequences. It reconsiders the city as an adaptive, self-organising and unpredictable system of interconnecting interventions, forces and perspectives. It asks how these competing and mutually reinforcing factors came into play and how they operate today. It questions how the city has been, and continues to be, informed by the practices of multiple disciplines.