COST Action CA18126 – Writing Urban Places

New Narratives of the
European City

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January 26, 2023
Centre for Intercultural Studies, ISCAP-P.Porto, 13-14 | 07 | 2023 The Centre for Intercultural Studies of ISCAP-P.PORTO will host the Conference “Photography and Culture Industries: From Leicas to Likes”, organised in partnership with the Centre for Languages, Literatures and Cultures of the University of Aveiro, on 13 and 14 July 2023.    Please visit the Conference...
January 22, 2023
Dates: 24, 30-31 March 2023 During this Training School in Tirana and Kamza we will experiment with psychogeographic walks and ethnographic film as research-creation methods to explore the tension between two concepts that have been crucial for the formation of these cities: the planned and the unplanned. In 1920 Tirana, – a town of ottoman...
December 8, 2022
Çanakkale fieldwork output, edited by Giuseppe Resta This book collects the results of an international workshop organised in July 2022 as a part of the COST Action Writing Urban Places. In line with the focus on narrative methods for urban development in European medium-sized cities, we workshop organisers decided to investigate the relationship between the...
December 3, 2022
Edited by Elina Alatalo, Dalia Milián Bernal, Mathilde Merolli The projects presented in this book were produced within the context of the international workshop, Narrating Hiedanranta: Stories of Objects and Subjects of Urban Places. The workshop was organised in Tampere, Finland and held from 8 – 10 June 2022. The organizers of the workshop were...
November 15, 2022
The workshop Skopje Brutalisam Trail was held at the Faculty of Architecture, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje from 28thto 30th of September. The theme of the workshop refers to the Brutalist architecture in Skopje, important legacy that represents the act of world solidarity in rebuilding the city after the catastrophic earthquake in 1963....
November 13, 2022
The City and the Myth fieldwork event was held on July 18-20, 2022, as a part of the COST Action Writing Urban Places. In line with the focus on narrative methods for urban development in European medium-sized cities, we decided to investigate the relationship between the city and the myth, namely the visible and the...

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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