COST Action CA18126 – Writing Urban Places

New Narratives of the
European City

Latest Updates
November 19, 2020
The online conference “Meaningfulness, Appropriation and Integration of/in City Narratives” took place on Tuesday, 17 November 2020, and managed to bring together an considerable number of action members. The virtual  ‘mini-conference’ was organized by Working Group 2 (Theoretical Framework, led by Sonja Novak and Angeliki Sioli) with support from other working groups and action chairs; and...
November 18, 2020
Annalisa Setti (WG3) in University College Cork, Ireland, is conducting a pilot project with an MA student in collaboration with Cork – Healthy Cities, with the objective to interview people over 60 on their view of Cork in 30 years, and, Covid-19 permitting, to gather subjective maps of the future Cork. They are also planning...
November 12, 2020
Tuesday 17th November 2020, 9:00 – 17:30 CET – Save the date!  The first in a series of across-network webinars organized within our COST action will be lead by Working group 2 (Theoretical Framework) and will take place as a whole-day online event on November 17 2020.  We cordially invite you to this ‘mini-conference’ entitled Meaningfulness,...
October 22, 2020
The collective publication Vademecum: 77 Minor Terms for Writing Urban Places, edited by Klaske Havik, Kris Pint, Svava Riesto and Henriette Steiner, will be presented by editors and contributors Nevena Daković, Mirza Emirhafizović, Klaske Havik, Hania Musiol, Matej Nikšič, Sonja Novak, Angeliki Sioli, and Saskia de Wit, at the conference “Transmedia storytelling and digital mapping: history, memory,...
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...

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…