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Call for projects: Urban Forum - Practice meets Academia - Deadline 8 March

Published: 12 February 2019

An invitation to reflective practitioners, practice-oriented researchers, and design critics to present and discuss their ideas for the development of sustainable cities and communities during Lund University’s Sustainability Week, 8-13 April 2019.

Urban Arena at Lund University and SLU Urban Futures join forces 

This year Sweden raises its ambitions in support of the Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to maintain momentum in working towards the planet’s sustainable future, in times where others deviate from it. The research platforms Urban Arena, at Lund University, and SLU Urban Futures, at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, qualify as academic agents with concern for professional practice and the built environment – as such we want to join forces during Lund University’s Sustainability Week 8-13 April 2019. In line with European research programmes like JPI Urban Europe we see SDG 11 on sustainable cities and communities as a portal to all other SDGs, and the urban realm as a place where cluster problems are more manifest than elsewhere and where sustainability efforts can multiply exponentially and almost overnight. Convinced that particularly valuable action-oriented knowledge arises from the exchange of practice and academia, we arrange a new format of encounter: the Urban Forum | Practice meets Academia. For one week, practitioners of architecture, urbanism, landscape architecture, urban studies and the construction industry are invited to display their building projects (realised or not) and research endeavours (practice-based or -oriented) in an exhibitionSessions (in English or Swedish | 8-9 April 2019) dedicated to each project allow the authors to discuss burning questions, critical aspects, inspiring findings they wish to bring to light and get feedback on, in a collegial atmosphere. Project authors present their work during 20 minutes, followed by a moderated discussion of 10 minutes.


Submissions are welcome from practitioners, researchers, and design critics. Please submit an abstract / a project description (max 500 words and imagery, see submission template) before 8 March 2019 to Sonia Curnier (

The submissions will be reviewed by the committee by 18 March 2019. Selected project authors will be invited to prepare posters for the exhibition during the Sustainability Week and install them on 8 April morning. Supplementary presentation materials (models, movies, multimedia) can be included to complement the posters during the individual sessions (technical support to be discussed with the
organisers). Submission and participation is free of charge.
The organisers aim at publishing the selected projects in a format to be decided, in conjunction with the UN’s search for best practice in the implementation of the SDGs.


8 March 2019 -  Deadline for submission of abstracts / project descriptions
18 March 2019 -  Notification of acceptance
8 April 2019 -  Exhibition installation in the morning / Exhibition opening in the afternoon
8 - 9 April 2019 -  Sessions within the Urban Forum | Practice meets Academia at LUX
(possible extension 10 April)
8 -12 April 2019 -   Open exhibition Urban Forum | Practice meets Academia at LUX
12 April 2019 Exhibition dismantling in the afternoon


LUX, Helgonavägen 3, Lund (intersection Sölvegatan, Helgonavägen)


See the submission template.
Send an e-mail to Sonia Curnier (


SLU Urban Futures, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Urban Arena, Lund University


Lund University’s Sustainability Week


Tankesmedjan Movium/ Think Tank Movium, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Region Skåne


Urban Forum | Practice meets Academia is a collaborative initiative by Prof. Lisa Diedrich, SLU Urban Futures, and Assoc. Prof. Per-Johan Dahl, Urban Arena at Lund University with the purpose of increasing the interaction between practice and academia.

Sustainability Week is an annual event where students and researchers at Lund University and citizens of Lund will have the opportunity to meet, to discuss sustainability, and to involve society in the transition to a more sustainable world.



Lisa Diedrich, Professor

The Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management, SLU, +46 40-41 54 24, +46 725 877 844

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