Repository of Methods

About the Repository of Methods

The Repository of Methods (RoM) is an ongoing project that aims to gather a wide range of methods, approaches, procedures, and assignments from diverse disciplines employed to capture, explore, experience, engage with, analyse, understand, and make sense of mid-sized European cities. The outcome RoM is not a single comprehensive document, rather, it is a continuous and iterative collection of methods, approaches, and assignments submitted by different members of the Cost Action and presented in varied formats.

1. Fast and wild brainstorming of terms, ideas, and references

WG3 launched a digital platform to continuously collect diverse terms, ideas, and references related to methods and approaches  to capture, explore, experience, engage with, analyse, understand, and make sense of  urban places.

We encourage all Action members to visit the platform and share some terms, ideas, and references to writing urban places.

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2. Writingplace #5 – Narrative Methods for Writing Urban Places

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 of researchers who are interested in developing new narratives for the European city. By recognizing the value of urban narratives – stories rich in information regarding citizens’ socio-spatial practices, perceptions, hopes and ambitions – the network seeks to foster and preserve the democratic, and therefore inclusive, nature of the modern European city.

Edited by Lorin Niculae, Jorge Mejía Hernández, Klaske Havik, Mark Proosten.

Articles by Esteban Restrepo Restrepo, Kristen Van Haeren, Luc Pauwels and Anna Ryan Moloney, Carlos Machado e Moura and Luis Miguel Lus Arana, Viktorija Bogdanova, and an interview with Alberto Pérez Gómez.

You can read or download the whole issue here.

3. Webinar – Reading, Writing, and Activating Urban Places: Methods and Assignments

The third in a series of across-network workshops organized within our COST network was led by Working group 3 (Methodological Framework) and took place on 7 April 2021. 


For those of you who were not able to join our recent webinar Reading, Writing and Activating Urban Places, organized by WG3 (or who joined and would still like to review the event’s discussions) the recordings of the introduction and the three thematic sessions are now available in our YouTube channel, under the playlist Methods.

For convenience each session has been divided into chapters, so it’s possible to access each of the individual speakers’ interventions directly within the recording.