SOUTH AFRICAN CITY STUDIES CONFERENCE – 17 – 19 mars 2016

 

The Southern African City Studies Conference will be held in Durban in March 2016. City studies require multifaceted and collaborative approaches to address the dynamic variety of urban experiences. The conference brings together scholars who wish to expose their work to positive critical discussion and engage with ideas of those working in disciplines other than their own. This call for contributions seeks participation from scholars in all disciplines based in Southern Africa or committed to positive collaboration with Southern African scholars, doing original and creative research on one or across any of the thematic areas below. We are also open to other themes which a group of contributors might wish to propose:

ALTERNATE EXPERIMENTS AND VISIONS IN URBAN PLANNING AND DESIGN:

With increasing urbanization (and decline in some urban areas) and levels of poverty and disparity within urban spaces there is no better time than the present to ask how we can better our urban planning? What is it about the disciplinary practices and philosophies of town planning, architecture and urban design more broadly that limit the transformative capacity of cities as equitable and inclusive spaces? We are interested in papers that directly tackle the epistemological core of architecture, planning and urban and landscape design in search of different modes of theorisation and practice that move us towards creative, pragmatic solutions to current practices that all too often perpetuate disparities.

Programme here