COST Action CA18126 – Writing Urban Places

New Narratives of the
European City

Latest Updates
October 16, 2020
Edited by Klaske Havik, Rajesh Heynickx and Angeliki Sioli The issue develops the premise that architecture is by definition an act of spatial imagination, this wondrous capacity to envision possible futures for the built environment. Spatial imagination is essential in order to visualize new constructions taking shape, evolving in time, and partaking of the cultural...
September 15, 2020
NTNU ARTEC SEMINAR SERIES Monday, September. 21 18.00-20.00  (CEST) Webinar with artists, scholars, & performers Nina Eidsheim (UCLA) & Garth Paine (ASU). Nina Eidsheim is Professor of Musicology at the UCLA and the founder and director of the UCLA Practice-based Experimental Epistemology (PEER) Lab, established to study experiential ways of knowing. She is a recipient of numerous prestigious fellowships...
August 27, 2020
NTNU ARTEC SEMINAR SERIES Thursday, Sept. 3, 14.30-16.00  A presentation by Anna Dumitriu and conversation with guests from NTNU Oceans, OSEH, the Center for Experimental Humanities at Bard, Greenouse (UiS), & Kunsthall Trondheim Q&A Events are free and open to the public Registration starts on August 28 About Speaker:  Anna Dumitriu is a pioneering British artist who works with...
August 26, 2020
PhD Course: October-November 2020 Deadline application: 31 August Questions concerning gender are increasingly prevalent in contemporary scholarship and in political movements for justice and equal rights, tapping into wider questions about discrimination, political crisis, economic structures, democracy, climate change, digitisation and more. In research on architecture, landscapes and cities, gender perspectives compel us to rethink...
August 26, 2020
Luís Santiago Baptista (WG4) and Maria Rita Pais are the winners of the Thought and Criticism 2020 FAD prize. With contributions of Susana Oliveira (WG1) and Eliana Sousa Santos (WG2) we are proud to share this delighted news. For more information check the following site: http://arquinfad.org/premisfad/es/ediciones-anteriores/?edicio/2020/obra/10749/ Jury Statement: “Every day we travel to the unknown. The...
July 8, 2020
Due to the pandemic situation, the deadline for Working Group 4’s call for projects (https://writingurbanplaces.eu/call-wup/call-for-projects-field-work-exhibition-writing-urban-places-porto-conference-18-19-november-2020/) has been extended. New, adjusted deadlines have already been included in the original call. We invite action members to participate in the pool of past and ongoing projects related with Field Work, following the guidelines already established but taking into...

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…