COST Action CA18126 – Writing Urban Places

New Narratives of the
European City

Latest Updates
February 27, 2020
Carlos Machado e Moura Between the 26th February and the 8th March 2020, I was in Paris for a Short-Term Scientific Mission (STSM) titled “Learning from Paris. The drawn narratives of L’ivre de Pierres”. It predominantly took place at the Pompidou Centre’s research library and archival fonds (Bibliothèque Kandinsky), but also in other libraries and...
February 24, 2020
TU Delft Department of Architecture, 18 – 20 February, 2020 The exhibition Unwinding Skopje presents the joint results of the graduation studio Positions in Practice, offered by the chair of Methods and Analysis, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment – TU Delft (tutored by action chair Klaske Havik and WG1 member Jorge Mejía); together...
February 21, 2020
8th – 10th April 2021 RWTH Aachen University, Germany Since the cognitive turn in narrative theory opened up a new research field for literary studies, new and innovative approaches have been developed in various research areas, including the empirical study of narrative. Starting from computational models that gave rise to situational or mental models, to...
February 19, 2020
The four winners of the First Writing Urban Places (CA18126) Short Term Scientific Mission (STSM) Call have been announced! They are: Carlos Machado e Moura with the STSM proposal “Learning from Paris: The drawn architectural narratives of L’Ivre de pierres,” to be carried out in Paris. Eleni Oureilidou with the STSM project “From commoning to...
January 31, 2020
June 15–19, 2020 NTNU Trondheim, Norway 5 ECTS credits Language of instruction: English Okside rïhpesieh, Sissel M. Bergh (2018). Photo: Tor Egil Rasmussen. NTNU Instructors:Heli Aaltonen (Theater),Alexandra Angeletaki (Archives), Sophia Efstathiou (Philosophy), Anne Gjelsvik (Film), Julia Leyda (Film), Hanna Musiol (Literature), Nina Lager Vestberg (Visual Culture) Guest Instructors:Joni Adamson (Arizona State U), Jørgen Bruhn (Linnæus U), Stefanie Hessler (Kunsthall Trondheim), Sabine Feisst (Arizona State...

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…