COST Action CA18126 – Writing Urban Places

New Narratives of the
European City

Latest Updates
April 8, 2021
“We need discourse. We need one another.” – Stanford Anderson Despite its widespread use as formalized discussion in speech or writing, discourse is originally a conversation. The art historian Sarah Williams Goldhagen notes how “Derived from the Medieval Latin ‘argument’ and the Latin ‘to run about,’ the word ‘discourse’ is typically used to mean a...
March 30, 2021
The third in a series of across-network workshops organized within our COST network will be led by Working group 3 (Methodological Framework) and will take place as a whole-day online event next Wednesday 7 April 2021. We cordially invite you to this webinar entitled Reading, Writing and Activating Urban Places: Methods and Assignments via the Zoom link...
March 24, 2021
By Pieter Uyttenhove, Bart Keunen, Lieven Ameel: La puissance projective: Intrigue narrative et projet urbain. Geneve: MetisPresses, 2021). With the collaboration of Johanna Godefroid, Noemi Loeman, Hendrik Sturm, Sofie Verraest & Tom Ysewijn. The book examines the narrative properties of urban planning, drawing on a wide range of examples, from post-I-World War Ypres to Disneyland Paris....
March 17, 2021
Marilena Mela has reviewed Vademecum: 77 Minor Terms for Writing Urban Places (2020, eds. Klaske Havik, Kris Pint, Svava Riesto and Henriette Steiner) for the Journal of European Landscapes. From her abstract: “The book is the product of an interdisciplinary collaboration of 38 authors, and consists of a collection of terms that offer alternative understandings...
February 16, 2021
Working Group 3 is convoking action members interested in taking part in the day-long online webinar, coming April 7, 2021. In preparation for the next steps of our network, we seek to engage in a thought-provoking discussion about the different methods that can be used to perceive, reflect and transform, or — in literary terms — read, write and compose the city. Whether art-driven...
February 16, 2021
Edited by Sonja Novak and Angeliki Sioli. The goal of the mini online conference “Meaningfulness, Appropriation and Integration of/in City Narratives” (November 17th, 2020 over Zoom™) was to initiate a discussion on how the respective terms are understood from a theoretical perspective within the COST Action “Writing Urban Places: New Narratives of the European City.”...

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…