COST Action CA18126 – Writing Urban Places

New Narratives of the
European City

Latest Updates
July 7, 2021
Dear Writing Urban Places network members, As we approach the second phase of Writing Urban Places and COVID-19 restrictions are being progressively lifted across Europe, we could start moving from reflection to action. The thoughts and conversations we’ve had in the past two years around theories, methods, fieldwork, and communication should also affect reality. It’s...
July 6, 2021
This fifth issue of the Writingplace Journal examines different narrative methods, understood as procedures, techniques or ways of relating or recounting events, and how they can be used to appraise and imagine the city. The editorial process of the issue has been developed within the context of the EU-funded COST Action ‘Writing Urban Places’, a multidisciplinary network...
July 6, 2021
Edited by Lorin Niculae, Jorge Mejía Hernández, Klaske Havik, Mark Proosten This fifth issue of the Writingplace Journal examines different narrative methods, understood as procedures, techniques or ways of relating or recounting events, and how they can be used to appraise and imagine the city. The editorial process of the issue has been developed within the context of...
June 16, 2021
We are happy to announce that the beautiful printed version of Vademecum: 77 Minor Terms for Writing Urban Places is out now! This small book, initiated by our Action’s Working Group 2 (theory) is meant to be taken out on site, as a source of inspiration, offering a range of useful theoretical concepts for Writing Urban Places....
June 15, 2021
Our Action has as its central focus the relations of human subjects – individuals, groups, communities, societies – with the built environments of mid-sized European cities. Central to this question is the ability of such ‘civic subjects’ to participate in the meanings generated by and in thosecities, and to appropriate such meanings through co-creative, adaptive...
June 10, 2021
Tallinn, Estonian Academy of Arts (Sept 15-16, 2021) The Training School on Local Stories and Visual Narratives will take place on Sept 15 – 16, 2021 in Tallinn, Estonia, and will focus on the use of local stories in urban research. Participants will engage in site visits, analysis workshops, discussions and lectures. The Training school focuses on local urban...

New Narratives of the European City

Writing Urban Places proposes an innovative investigation and implementation of a process for developing human understanding of communities, their society, and their situatedness, by narrative methods. It focuses particularly on the potential of narrative methods for urban development in European medium-sized cities.

By recognising the value of local urban narratives – stories rich in information regarding citizens socio-spatial practices, perceptions and expectations – the Action aims to articulate a set of concrete literary devices within a host of spatial disciplines; bringing together scientific research in the fields of literary studies, urban planning and architecture; and positioning this knowledge vis-à-vis progressive redevelopment policies carried out in medium-sized cities in Europe.

Working Groups

WG 1 – Science Communication

Working Group 1 is responsible for the overall communication and output of the initiative, via the dissemination of the status…

WG 2 – Theoretical Framework

Working Group 2 is concerned with how theoretical reflections can stimulate the thinking and praxis of narrating urban places of medium-sized…

WG 3 – Methodological Framework

The objectives of WG3 include the investigation and development of appropriate analytical and projective methods to understand narratives…

WG 4 – Fieldwork

The core of WG4 fieldwork’s activities is site-specific research. Each study consists of two phases, an analytical and a projective phase…

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