Urban capacity building. Radical social and spatial innovation in the 'countercurrents' of global urbanization 1

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Day: 4/7/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Ambassador Ballroom, Omni, West
Organizers: Gruia Badescu, Panu Lehtovuori, Tatjana Schneider
Chairs: Gruia Badescu


While it is well known that rapid urbanization is one of the main challenges and possibilities of our age, there has been limited attention on social and spatial innovation in what might be called the 'countercurrents' of global urbanization. As urbanization is an essentially uneven process, it always involves moments of shrinkage and abandonment, alongside with and structurally linked to moments of growth and development. This 'countercurrent' of urbanization unfolds across scales in emptying regions, shrinking cities, low-trust societies, thinning service networks, marginalized neighborhoods, abandoned sites and buildings as well as vague and under-defined urban niches. These contexts also provide the opportunity for innovation. At times, local universities and research bodies have a role in linking with communities and building new urban agendas. The two panels explore these themes both theoretically and through empirical analysis and case studies. They discuss critical and future-oriented works on urbanization trends and drivers, locally embedded social and spatial innovations that flourish in contexts with little resources, studies of changing institutions (universities, municipal governments) and their new roles in urban transformations, community and university engagements with shrinking cities, urban capacity building, open education and 1:1 community work, as well as progressive and situated social mapping.

The track is co-organised by the JPI Urban Europe Project "Urban Education Live" with partners from four European countries and the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Sciences. Chairs: Panu Lehtovuori, Tampere School of Architecture, Finland – panu.lehtovuori@tut.fi; Tatjana Schneider, Technical University Braunschweig, Germany, tatjana.schneider@tu-braunschweig.de; Gruia Badescu, Association for an Urban Transition, Romania/ University of Konstanz, Germany – gruia.badescu@uni-konstanz.de.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Introduction Gruia Badescu University of Konstanz 5 8:00 AM
Presenter Panu Lehtovuori*, Tampere School of Architecture, Dalia Milián Bernal, Tampere School of Architecture, Social and spatial innovation in countercurrents of global urbanisation. Cases of San Borja (Chile) and Pasila (Finland). 20 8:05 AM
Presenter Masa Sorn*, Sheffield School of Architecture, Tatjana Schneider*, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Urban Education Live - Sheffield. Collaborations between the University and civic groups. Possibilities and Challenges. 20 8:25 AM
Presenter Matjaz Ursic*, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences, Building a socially smart community of users in times of uneven urban development – The post-industrial transformation of old Tobacco factory in Ljubljana 20 8:45 AM
Discussant Gruia Badescu University of Konstanz 15 9:05 AM

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