COST Action CA18126 – Writing Urban Places

New Narratives of the
European City

Latest Updates
September 16, 2022
28-30 September 2022 Brutalist architecture is part of the build legacy of Skopje, emerged in the post-earthquake reconstruction of the city after its devastation in 1963. The immense re-development occurred in the aftermath of the tragic event and lasted for 15 years, guided by the United Nations in cooperation with local authorities. Besides the unprecedented...
June 30, 2022
Sonja Novak, on behalf of the local organizers As one of the doctoral students and participants of the training school said in their feedback, “for the first ever doctoral school at our Faculty, it went great!” Indeed, it was a first attempt to internationalize the doctoral studies programme “Literature and Cultural Identity””, the so called...
June 28, 2022
Graz University of Technology, Austria The symposium Territorial Turn! which is part of the New European Bauhaus Program, will offer 1,5 days of presentations and discussions with international scholars and practitioners of the disciplines of Urbanism, Architecture, Landscape, Planning, Urban Studies and Design such as Susanne Eliasson (GRAU), Stefan Rettich (University of Kassel), Eva Pfannes (OOZE), Paola Viganò (EPFL Lausanne, IUAV Venice), who will present their...
June 22, 2022
On 9 and 10 June our action vice-chair Susana Oliveira and communication manager Jorge Mejía Hernández participated in an event with other COST Actions related to the creative industries and the built environment. From the brief:  “In 2021, the European Commission launched the New European Bauhaus (NEB) initiative. The NEB is an environmental, economic and cultural...
June 8, 2022
Hosted by international Relations Department Seminars Bilgi University  Zoomlink Meeting ID: 852 0326 8041 Passcode: 166875
June 8, 2022
Matej Nikšič from WG4 cordially invites all action members to a number of events organised by the Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia and the international network Human Cities – Smoties (https://humancities.eu/smoties/ between June 29 and July 1 2022 in Ljubljana and the wider area of Medvode: Wednesday, June 29, 2022, 14:00 –...

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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