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Call for projects for the Urban Forum in Gothenburg

Published: 20 June 2019

An invitation to reflective practitioners, practice-oriented researchers, and design critics to present and discuss collaborative experiences, case studies and practices from a variety of backgrounds, in view of developing sustainable cities and communities (built or drawn work, speculative or actual, contemporary or historical).

After the successful Urban Forum during Lund’s Sustainability Week in April 2019 the two research platforms Urban Arena at Lund University and SLU Urban Futures are joining forces again during the International Transdisciplinarity Conference 2019, Spetember 10-13, in Gothenburg. The title of the Conference is Joining Forces For Change. 

Call for Projects

Submissions are welcome from practitioners, researchers, and design critics.

Transdisciplinary research is understood as co-producing and integrating knowledge and expertise from a variety of sources, including communities, research, cities and businesses, while crossing boundariesbetween academia and practice. It is an approach that is driven by the need to create processes where values and transformations towards a more just and sustainable society are openly debated. 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 the International Transdisciplinarity Conference from 10-13 September 2019 in Gothenburg. 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 particular format of encounter: the Urban Forum | Practice meets Academia. 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 exhibition. Sessions (in English | 12-13 September 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 10 minutes, followed by a moderated discussion of 15 minutes.

Read more about the call and submission. 

Deadline for submission of abstracts/project descriptions: 15 August 2019



15 August 2019 Deadline for submission of abstracts / project descriptions

20 August 2019 Notification of acceptance

10-13 September 2019 Open exhibition Urban Forum | Practice meets Academia at Wallenberg Conference Center

12-13 September 2019 Sessions within the Urban Forum | Practice meets Academia at Wallenberg Conference Center

Read more about the call and submission details.

Read more about the International Transdisciplinary Conference in Gothenburg.

See the film from Urban Forum | Practice meets Academia during the Sustainability week 2019 in Lund

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