In this strange and challenging time, our narratives of the city and its architecture are certainly altered.
Taking challenge as an opportunity, we have opened a space in our action web page where all of us, albeit distant, can reflect on what brings us together, by writing very brief (200-500 word) texts on the topic of “Socially Distanced Narratives of the European City.” Not required, one or two photos and drawings (by the author) can be used as illustrations.
This is an open invitation, which will hopefully collect a diversity of reflections on domestic space, visions of the now distant public realm, the emptiness of streets, new and old rituals and practices, and all forms of approaching the topics of meaningfulness, appropriation, and integration in the current circumstances.
While we often look outwards, to the broader cultural and natural context without, we are now offered the chance to look within and think about new narratives for the European city from an unexpected, intimate perspective.
This internal call is open immediately and has no deadlines.
Your short texts can be submitted directly as emails or as attachments in a .doc file, (images, if any – self-authored in all cases – must be .jpg files) to:
with the subject “socially distanced” on the header.
With your contribution please include your full name, the country you’re representing in our COST action, and your Working Group (or groups).
These “socially distanced narratives” will be uploaded on this website,
in the section Library, as part of the action’s Output.