Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Funding Urbanism - Call for Participation

In the past decade, as an effect of various social movements and the economic crisis, many actors in the architecture and planning fields recognized that traditional funding models lost their capacity to feed small-scale, community-oriented urban projects. While designers elaborated new methods and working models to address problems of locality, community, participation and ecology, they created alliances with a new generation of developers, economists, social media experts, social and political scientists as well as law specialists to elaborate the appropriate funding models to finance their ideas. 

Between 28.10.2014 and 1.11.2014 the wonderland platform for european architecture will hold in Berlin, in cooperation with the Deutsches Architektur Zentrum (DAZ) and the European Cultural Foundation (ECF), a workshop with lectures, debates and film screenings on the topic of alternative funding models to help bottom-up urban regeneration in our cities. 

Wonderland invites protagonists of this new economic movement to send their concepts and case studies, contributing to an exhibition and discussion of alternative funding mechanisms in urbanism. The contributions may be in the range of, but not limited to crowdfunding, seed-investment, cooperative financing, community land and development trusts, community shares, community investment, development trusts and social finance. 

Contributions may be in the form of texts, projects, videos or any other communicative means which will allow to share a valuable insight of a practical experience or a theoretical insight. The jury, composed by the Wonderland Board and DAZ, will select 15 cases that will be invited to Berlin to share their experience and join the debate, all expenses will be covered by the organisation. All the contributions that will be considered interesting by the Jury will be presented in the DAZ during the meeting period and authors will be invited to join the conversation though Skype. 

Deadline: 5th September, 2014
Evaluation: 10th September, 2014 
Formats:   - design projects in A3 format vertical, pdf files 
- text max 5 A5 pages, doc files 
- videos (in English or with subtitles) 

The Berlin workshop is second in a series on alternative funding models in urbanism, after the Rotterdam event in late August (organized with Pamphlet Urban Debate, Rotterdam and New Generations, Madrid) and before the Paris event in late November (organized with Banlieues d’Europe within the UrbArt project funded by the Youth in Action program). 

Daniela Patti and Levente Polyak: projectspace[at]
wonderland platform for european architecture

Image produced by SDO, SKINN and the other participants of the Project Space Budapest 2013.

Friday, August 15, 2014

BERLIN UNLIMITED at the ZKU 03.10.- 10.10.14

Berlin Unlimited is the first international transdisciplinary festival gathering arts, architecture and urban discourses to establish a picture of the contemporary Berlin 25 years after the fall of the wall.
The 7 days festival settles in the Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik (ZK/U) in October 2014. 
Workshops, exhibitions, lectures, conferences, film screenings, creative caterings, performances, guided tours and urban parties will take place with numbered artists and special guests, inviting all Berlin enthusiasts to discover a complete narrative of the city based on the contemporary architectural and artistic production in context.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

CFP: Cinema in times of radical urban transformation

Berlin, December 12, 2014
Deadline: Aug 31, 2014

New Visions. Cinema and cinematic practices in times of radical urban 

Change is arguably the most consistent characteristics of cities; and 
cinema, from its very beginning, has  played a major role in raising 
awareness about processes of urban transformation. However, in 
particular, moments of large-scale urban redevelopment trigger the 
advent of new  topographic imaginaries. In the 1960s, for example, the 
citydweller's perspective in relation to the urban habitat emerged as a 
central focus in several studies on the urban lived environment. 
Publications such as Kevin Lynch’s "Image of the City" (1960) or 
Paul-Henry Chombart de Lauwe’s "Des hommes et des villas" (1965) 
asserted the importance of organizing changing urban spatialities into 
recognizable visual-mental patterns. Concurrently, a return of realist 
traditions became apparent in both the visual arts and counter 
cinematic production. This return was, in part, a response to a need 
for redefining subject positions during a time of social and political 
crisis. It was a time when many cities in the western world faced 
particularly drastic structural changes, resulting in a growing 
disagreement with the living conditions created this way.

Aiming at an interdisciplinary exploration of the relationship between 
artistic production and changing urban environments, this workshop 
takes cities and cinema as a starting point from which to discuss 
cinematic production of urban space in times of transformation. This 
strong connection of habitat and artistic medium seems especially 
evident in practices of underground cinema, often times premiering in 
the very same urban environment it was produced.

Assuming that every cultural product is concurrently framed by the 
circumstances of its creation as well as by the material environment in 
which it is conceived, the focus will be on the interrelations between 
urban representations in different forms of cinema and their specific 
institutional and discursive contexts. While the main focus ison North 
American counter cinemas of the postwar era, we welcome contributions 
extending the historic and/or geographic frame. Looking at the ways in 
which cinema refers to constitutive conflicts of the contemporaneous 
urban society, prospective presenters should refer to any of the 
workshop's key questions:

- In which ways is the urban cartography construed in the films? What 
kinds of experiential space is built up for the viewer and how does 
cinema mediate urban change? 
- If the political impact of art and cinema lies in the ways it 
redefines the frame of how an everyday environment is perceived, to 
what extent do films reorder the perception of the metropolis by 
testing new cinematic forms? 
- What kinds of intertextual relations with other forms of artistic and 
cultural production and with industrial filmmaking determined the films 
treatment of urban space, either content wise or stylistically? And, in 
return, how did other forms of urban cultural production influence 
different forms of cinema? 
- How did prevailing practices of film production and consumption 
interact with the urban realities they encountered? To what extent did 
they shape the cities' fabric?

The workshop will take place December 12, 2014 at Technische 
Universität Berlin in form of a one-day symposium with panel 
discussions and three lectures by Edward Dimendberg (UC Irvine), David 
James (University of Southern California) and Mark Shiel (King's 
College London).

Please submit your proposal (300 words max.) for a 15 minute 
presentation along with a short CV by August 31 to All applicants will be notified by 
the middle of September.

The presented papers shall be circulated amongst all participants 2 
weeks prior to the workshop. In order to create an interdisciplinary 
dialogue between doctoral students and young researchers studying the 
interrelation of cinema, visual culture and the urban, the workshop is 
open to a variety of disciplines ranging from film studies and art 
history to cultural studies, geography and architecture.

CfP: Other Senses of Place: Sociospatial Practices in the Contemporary Media Environment

This issue of Sociologica will explore the numerous ways in which the contemporary diffusion of locative and mobile media puts into relief the spatialization of communication events, as well as the communicative quality of places, in a condition of diffuse addressability (Mitchell). This underlines a co-emergence of information and sociospatial formations, pointing to the performativity of both (Mackenzie; Thrift). The issue also foregrounds the way in which the relation between the subjects and objects of communication also changes in such contexts of distributed agency and pervasive mediation, in which new sociotechnical formations emerge.
Contributions focusing on empirical case studies as well as methodological and theoretical reflections on (but not limited to) the following topics are welcomed:
  • Communication, space and mobility (location and mobility, theoretical and practical redefinitions of space and place, mobile methodologies, material and virtual mobilities, net localities, mobile devices);
  • The creativity and performativity of space (the social sciences after the non-representational turn, embodiment and situated aesthetics, materiality and mediation in space, locative arts);
  • Sociotechnical formations in mediaspaces (sociotechnical assemblages, hybrid spaces, mobile interfaces, The Internet of Things, smart objects);
  • The reshaping of the urban sphere (augmented environments, urban games, urban screens, open source urbanism, community and participative practices in digital localities, citizenship and civic engagement, the redefinition of the public and the private);
  • Mapping practices (geomedia environments, new visualization systems, surveillance, Location Based Social Networks, code/spaces, the aesthetics of mapping, grassroots mapping, emergency mapping, media-flânerie and navigational platforms).

Abstracts of 450-500 words, together with a short bio (100-200 words) describing the author’s background, current affiliation and research interests, should be submitted by e-mail before 30 September 2014 to the symposium editor (Federica Timeto) at the following address:
Upon abstract acceptance, papers of no more than 8,000 words (including references and notes) in Word format must be submitted by 31 December 2014. Papers will go through a double blind peer review process. Notification of acceptance will be given to authors, along with the reviewers’ comments, by February 2015. Final papers after revision will be due by March 2015.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

PhD fellowship "Urban reconfiguration in post-Soviet space" x

The Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (IfL) in Leipzig kindly invites applications from highly qualified and motivated individuals for
1 PhD fellowship
to commence as soon as possible. The IfL is a non-university research institute and member of the Leibniz association with currently around 70 employees. It is institutionally financed by the Free State of Saxony and the Federal Republic of Germany in the context of a common research funding agreement.
The fellowship includes
·            a monthly stipend of 1400 Euro granted for six months
·            access to the academic service infrastructure of the IfL (e.g. the Central Geographical Library, the Geography archives, cartographic and IT services, scientific seminars)
·            individual support in terms of exchange and discussions within the international research network of ira.urban
·            flexible working arrangements in Leipzig

The fellowship will be financed within the framework of the international comparative research project “Urban reconfigurations in post-Soviet space” (ira.urban). The project aims at analysing and explaining continuities and discontinuities in the reconfiguration of urban spaces in the light of traditional, reproduced Soviet and newly formed post-Soviet conditions, as well as of changing global economic and social orders. On the basis of transnational comparative case study research, the project focuses on the question to what extent urban development has become part of a socially negotiated adjustment processes, and a mirror of a comprehensive modernisation process of urban societies in the republics of the former Soviet Union.

The fellowship relates to the ira.urban subproject on urban economy:  in spite of a shared institutional legacypost-Soviet  cities have experienced different trajectories of economic  development. The subproject seeks to gain insight into which factors and preconditions influence processes of urban economic transformation, and promote a city’s success or downfall.
We expect that the candidate looks at various government as well as private initiatives on different scales (such as the creation of innovative territorial clusters; the creation of small and medium-sized enterprises; bottom-up social initiatives, etc) which influence urban economic transformation in and of post-Soviet cities.
The following issues are of particular interest for the project:
·        To which extend does the Soviet industrial legacy and newly emerged market economy form urban life and urban space nowadays?
·        How does the allocation of new enterprises influence post-Soviet urban areas development? How was the economic base of post-Soviet cities transforming during the last decades?
·        Which institutes, adaptation tools and strategies are the drivers for economic prosperity or depression for post-Soviet cities?
·        Which role do the local economy and private initiative play for the development of post-Soviet urban areas?
The awardee addresses in his PhD thesis the aforementioned topic and deploys it empirically and theoretically for a local or comparative case study in the post-Soviet space. In the context of the ira.urban project, he/she contributes to the comparative analysis of urban development strategies and institutional mechanisms in different post-Soviet countries and their repercussions on reconfigurations of post-Soviet urban space.
The successful candidate has to be in an advanced stage of his/her PhD project. He/she has a good knowledge in economic analysis, as well as he/she is acquainted with quantitative and statistical methods, social research methods, and is able to produce a comparative urban research in post-Soviet space.
Furthermore, we expect from a candidate a geographic flexibility, fluency in English and in at least one language of the post-Soviet space, as well as working knowledge in Office software. The position requires hard-working individual with analytical strength, communication skills, self-initiative and a strong team spirit.
Please submit your complete application package in English as one pdf file by e-mail to The deadline for applications is September 1st 2014.
Please enclose the following documents:
·            CV
·            letter of motivation/statement of purpose, including a short display of the links between your project/idea and ira.urban (2 pages max.)
·            exposé of your PhD project, including your work schedule and work progress   (5 pages max, excluding sources)
·            list of your publications and presentations
·            certificates, references …
Should you have any further queries, please contact Dr. Isolde Brade ( or Dr. Irina Slepukhina ( We are looking forward to your application!
For further information about the project:
For further information about the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography:
For further Information about the Leibniz Association:

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Application : Graduate Research Program Berlin

The International Graduate Research Program 
“THE WORLD IN THE CITY: Metropolitanism and Globalization from the Nineteenth Century to the Present” 
is now accepting applications for 12 FELLOWSHIPS for PhD Candidates and 1 Post-doc Position 
beginning May 1, 2015. 
Application Deadline: September 30, 2014.