COST Action CA18126 – Writing Urban Places

New Narratives of the
European City

Latest Updates
June 10, 2021
Tallinn, Estonian Academy of Arts (Sept 15-16, 2021) The Training School on Local Stories and Visual Narratives will take place on Sept 15 – 16, 2021 in Tallinn, Estonia, and will focus on the use of local stories in urban research. Participants will engage in site visits, analysis workshops, discussions and lectures. The Training school focuses on local urban...
May 26, 2021
The European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education has opened a call for a special issue, edited by action members Marcel Pikhart, Klaske Havik, and Carlos Machado e Moura. Message from the Guest Editors The current development of psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science and linguistics has led to new interpretations of urban experience, and...
May 12, 2021
Included in the program sent out to all action members (bottom left corner), to access the zoom for today’s online seminar you can just click here. We look forward to seeing you all there!
May 10, 2021
Our upcoming seminar on the topic of communication will be held on May 12, between 10:00 and 14:00 (CET), and will develop the following programme: We are very excited with the different contributions, and look forward to seeing you there! Please feel free to share. Be reminded that the event will be recorded in its...
May 5, 2021
“We need discourse. We need one another.” – Stanford Anderson Coming 12 May, between 10:00 and 14:00 (CET), several action members will talk to each other in an online seminar about the role and value of discourse. Over the past year-and-a-half, our action has fostered discourse. We have sustained a long and fruitful conversation; a...
April 26, 2021
Call for extended abstracts, videos and slide showsHow does the territorial project manifest in the actual design of our built environment? Taking current and historic urban and rural projects as a base to move beyond a reconsideration of the profession’s fundamental goals and means, this online symposium invites theoretical, practical, methodological and empirical contributions that...

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…