COST Action CA18126 – Writing Urban Places

New Narratives of the
European City

Latest Updates
September 30, 2021
November 26, 15:30-17:00 CET / University of Copenhagen, Landscape Architecture and Planning / Rolighedsvej 23, room: Fælleshuset.  Working Group 2 (Theory) is inviting all action members to the launch of Vademecum – an experimental fieldguide for anyone who wants to explore places in European cities anew. Vademecum means walk with me and the idea is...
September 28, 2021
Edited by Slobodan Velevski & Luís Santiago Baptista Having in mind the disciplinary variety of the COST network participants, the general aim of this second event was two folded. First, to invite members across all Working Groups of the Action that have different research background (architecture, urban planning, literary theory, art, heritage, cultural and visual...
September 2, 2021
Wednesday, September 15 is the deadline to submit your expressions of interest to organize fieldwork events. We have received a number of extremely interesting proposals already, and still hope to include more mid-sized European cities as potential grounds to apply and test the knowledge we have developed as a network. Details of the call can...
July 7, 2021
Dear Writing Urban Places network members, As we approach the second phase of Writing Urban Places and COVID-19 restrictions are being progressively lifted across Europe, we could start moving from reflection to action. The thoughts and conversations we’ve had in the past two years around theories, methods, fieldwork, and communication should also affect reality. It’s...
July 6, 2021
This fifth issue of the Writingplace Journal examines different narrative methods, understood as procedures, techniques or ways of relating or recounting events, and how they can be used to appraise and imagine the city. The editorial process of the issue has been developed within the context of the EU-funded COST Action ‘Writing Urban Places’, a multidisciplinary network...
July 6, 2021
Edited by Lorin Niculae, Jorge Mejía Hernández, Klaske Havik, Mark Proosten This fifth issue of the Writingplace Journal examines different narrative methods, understood as procedures, techniques or ways of relating or recounting events, and how they can be used to appraise and imagine the city. The editorial process of the issue has been developed within the context of...

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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