Monday, January 19, 2015

AiR Helgeland - Escape from Urbanity

Escape from Urbanity - Residency in AiR Helgeland and at ZK/U Berlin

Image credit © Maike Zimmermann



AiR Helgeland: February 20th, 2015
(residency 23 March - 26 April 2015)
AiR Berlin: March 15th, 2015
(residency 1 - 30 September 2015)
ZK/U is cooperating with AiR Helgeland to offer artists living in Berlin the chance to escape the urban trap by offering the chance to spend time in the wilderness of Alstenøya, Helgeland. The residency is a project initiated by ABH/ ArtBase Helgeland 66°N, Northern Norway. ABH/ AiR Helgeland-Berlin in cooperation with ZK/U, Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik in Berlin, offers two artists a 5 weeks residency in Alstenøya, Helgeland, Northern Norway week 13-17 (March/April) 2015.

Location: Stokkatunet / Alstenøya. Sandnessjøen, Stokka, is the nearest airport - Widerøe is the local operating airline.

AiR Berlin (at ZK/U, for Norwegian practitioners)

ABH/ ArtBase Helgeland 66°N inviterer gjennom prosjektet AIR Helgeland-Berlin kunstnere til å søke om 4 ukers opphold ved ZK/U Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik i Berlin. Opphold i 2015 er september.!air-helgeland/c665

AIR Helgeland-Berlin is initiated by ABH, financial and supporting partners for 2014 are:

Nordland fylkeskommune, Nordnorsk Kunstnersenter, Alstahaug kommune, Den norsk-tyske Willy-Brandt-stiftelsen, ZK/U - Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik

Thursday, January 15, 2015

FYI: Workshop : Current Research on Post-Socialist Cities in East Central Europe

Transformations of Public Urban Spaces after 1989 – Agents, Practices and Strategies

Marburg, 3-4 March 2015
Venue: Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe – Institute of the Leibniz Association, Vortragssaal,
Gisonenweg 5-7, 35037 Marburg

On 26 April 2011, the Budapest city council had accepted the changes proposed by Mayor István Tarlós about the renaming of 256 squares and streets. This was the third great wave of renaming since 1989. A similar use of the public space can be observed in other former socialist capitals as well. The various changes and processes can be registered in dealing with the urban public space: There are on the one hand, new
forms of urban interventions, thanks to the internet (such as flash mobs, critical mass, graffiti, etc.) which, cross-linked with civil society activities, often point to new claims of various agents on urban public space.
On the other hand, the control of urban public space became centralized and often derived from former socialist „trained“ understanding of public space. 
In this context, the workshop discusses the following questions: How does the understanding of urban public space developed in the post-socialist cities? Is the urban public space in post-socialist cities equated with that understanding of public, which exists in Western European cities? How did the urban public space of the socialist cities since 1989 change? At what level and in what forms and formats can the process of transformation of the former socialist countries be held and captured in the urban public space? Are there similarities in the transformation processes?

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Call for Papers: Architecture and Resilience on a Human Scale

Deadline: 16 January 2015
The Sheffield School of Architecture is pleased to announce a major international conference which will focus on research, strategies and projects that are testing how we can build local resilience in preparation for major societal challenges, such as global warming, scarcity of resources, increase in extreme weather events and shifts in demographics. We are interested in discussing how architecture, urban practices and related fields can make a transformative contribution. The conference will be held on 10-12 September 2015 at The Edge, Sheffield.

Whilst we are based in a school of architecture, we are keen to hear from many disciplines and practitioners including those in architecture, urban design, engineering, planning, landscape and ecology, geography, social sciences and other fields related to spatial studies.

The call for abstract papers is now live. We invite the submission of 350 word abstracts by 16 January 2015 on a range of topics around science, technology, society, pedagogy, practice and local resilience.

Further information
 Resilience Conference Banner

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

FYI:EXERCISES IN URBAN RECONNAISSANCE-Workshop. April 2015. Berlin Urban Spree

CfP: Street Art. Contours et détours

Target of the conference is to initiate an academic research on street art, involving specialists from all fields of the Humanities gathered with personalities from the public arena including gallerists, journalists and artists.Long term target is to create a new field of research on street art within the LIRCES, including yearly meetings as conferences and workshops. Therefore proposals from young researchers will be particularly welcomed. Since street art is wide, heterogeneous and quite polemic, we will be promoting discussion and dialogue between different disciplines and approaches. The papers will primarily focus on genetic aspects and genre, in order to circumscribe the phenomenon,on the following themes (the list is not exclusive):
- What is street art?
- Is street art part of contemporary art?
- In the two dimensions artworks, does street art comprise only iconic pieces or also written ones?
Geographic aspects
- Does street art have geographic borders?
- Is street art a worldwide movement?
Legal, economical and political aspects
- Does street art have to be illegal?
- Does street art have to be free?
- Does street art have to talk about politics or social issues?
Contexts: urban environment, public space
- Does street art have to be ephemeral?
- What is the public of street art?
The conference will be held on the 24th, 25th, 26th of September 2015. It will comprise academic presentations, non academic presentations and round table discussions.
Proposals (500 words maximum) for presentations of 30 minutes maximum, in French or in English, and a short presentation of the author should be sent to by 15 March 2015. Proposals will be examined by the scientific committee. You will be informed if your paper got accepted by the 30th of May 2015.
Papers will be published on Cahiers de narratologie n. 30, July 2016

Panel Search- deadline Jan. 20

The Planning and Governance of Quasi-public Space (deadline Jan. 20)

I am organizing a panel for the 16th SACRPH conference in Los Angeles in November 2015. This panel intends to focus on the planning, use, and governance of quasi-public spaces in urban areas. Examples might include, but are certainly not limited to, pedestrian walkways, tunnels, sidewalks, or public-private open spaces like parks and pedestrian malls. It is my hope that the papers might work together to ask questions about how planners, architects, corporations, and government officials have created exclusionary public spaces in cities, how citizens responded to or resisted those proscriptions, and how that conflict reshaped various aspects of the urban built environment.
The geographic focus of papers is open. I will be offering one that compares spaces in Houston, Texas and Los Angeles, California. Other Sunbelt-focused papers, other US examples, or those with international focuses would be welcomed. If interested, please send a paper abstract to by January 20.

Kyle Shelton
Kinder Institute for Urban Research
Rice University 

Monday, December 22, 2014

Urban Ornaments...the movie....

We - TACT - wish you with this clip a Happy Holiday Season and all the best for the New Year!