UNSETTLED - Urban routines, temporalities and constestations

International Urban Conference 29th - 31th March 2017

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space at the Faculty of Architecture and Planning, TU Wien, invites participation in the conference Unsettled: urban routines, temporalities and contestations. The conference aims to explore conditions and conceptions of the unsettled. Urban life is characterized by diverse manifestations of instability which continuously stretch or redefine the social order and/or critical/community infrastructures of cities: everyday struggles related to the capitalist system of production, revolutions in political life and political system overthrows, quests for dominance and their oppositions in political, social, economic, ecological or cultural domains. These unsettling practices simultaneously challenge and nourish a variety of idea(l)s of the city as an inclusive place of liberation, cooperation, equal opportunities and shared (better) futures. The goal of the conference is thus to (1) understand the uncertainties, disturbances, inconsistencies, residuals and blind fields which constitute the urban both as lived space and the political idea(l), and (2) foster an inquiry into the socio-political potentialities of unsettling and re-settling urban routines, temporalities and contestations. More Information


HOU, J. und KNIERBEIN, S. (2017 Routledge, in Druck)
City Unsilenced: Urban resistance and public space in the age of shrinking democracy.

What do the recent urban resistance tactics around the world have in common? What are the roles of public space in these movements? What are the implications of urban resistance for the remaking of public space in the "age of shrinking democracy"? To what extent do these resistances move from anti- to alter-politics?

City Unsilenced brings together a cross-disciplinary group of scholars and scholar-activists to examine the spaces, conditions and processes in which neoliberal practices have profoundly impacted the everyday social, economic, and political life of citizens and communities around the globe. They examine the commonalities and specificities of urban resistance movements that respond to those impacts. They focus on how such movements make use of and transform the meanings and capacity of public space. They investigate their ramifications in the continued practices of renewing democracies. A broad collection of cases is presented and analyzed, including Movimento Passe Livre (Brazil), Google Bus Blockades San Francisco (USA), the Platform for Mortgage Affected People (PAH) (Spain), the Piqueteros Movement (Argentina), Umbrella Movement (Hong Kong), post-Occupy Gezi Park (Turkey), Sunflower Movement (Taiwan), Occupy Oakland (USA), Syntagma Square (Greece), 1DMX (Mexico), Miyashita Park Tokyo (Japan), 15-M Movement (Spain), and Train of Hope Vienna (Austria).

By better understanding the processes and implications of the recent urban resistances, City Unsilenced contributes to the ongoing debates concerning the role and significance of public space in the practice of lived democracy and lived space.

 Ankündigung von Routledge.
cover public space and relational perspectives TORNAGHI Chiara, KNIERBEIN Sabine (2015, Routledge)
Public Space and Relational Perspectives. New Challenges for Architecture and Planning.
Traditional approaches to understand space tend to view public space mainly as a shell or container, focussing on its morphological structures and functional uses. That way, its ever-changing meanings, contested or challenged uses have been largely ignored, as well as the contextual and on-going dynamics between social actors, their cultures, and struggles. The key role of space in enabling spatial opportunities for social action, the fluidity of its social meaning and the changing degree of "publicness" of a space remain unexplored fields of academic inquiry and professional practice. Public Space and Relational Perspectives offers a different understanding of public spaces in the city. The aim of the book is to (re)introduce the lived experiences in public life into the teaching curricula of those academic disciplines which deal with public space and the built environment, such as architecture, planning and urban design, as well as the social sciences. The book presents conceptual, practical and research challenges and brings together findings from activists, practitioners and theorists. The editors provide eight educational challenges that educators can endorse when training future practitioners and researchers to accept and to engage with the social relations that unfold in and through public space.
Coverbild: KARO* architekten
Book Review von Christine Mady, in Urban Studies Journal.
Presseaussendung von TU Wien


29. März 2017
Tag 1 - Internationale Konferenz, "UNSETTLED - Urban routines, temporalities and contestations", TU Wien Sky Lounge, 11. Stock, Getreidemarkt 9, 1060 Wien
30. März 2017
Tag 2 - Internationale Konferenz, "UNSETTLED - Urban routines, temporalities and contestations", TU Wien Sky Lounge, 11. Stock, Getreidemarkt 9, 1060 Wien
31. März 2017
Add-On Day - Internationale Konferenz, "UNSETTLED - Urban routines, temporalities and contestations", Workshops und Exkursionen an Unterschiedlichen Standorten in Wien
29. März - 02. April 2017
SKuOR PhD Seminar/SKuOR Dissertandenseminar + Erasmus Lehrendenmobilität mit der Aristotle Universität Thessaloniki, Greece
07. April 2017, 17:30 Uhr
ZK/U Berlin, Hacking Urban Furniture Conference, Berlin, Deutschland; eingeladene Keynote Speech und externe Expertin
10. - 13. April 2017
11th AESOP Young Academics Conference, TU München, Deutschland, eingeladene Keynote Speech (10.04., 18:15 Uhr) und Track Chair
08. - 12. Mai 2017
Mastermodul “Urban Culture and Public Space”, 2. Intensive Teaching Block (ITB II)
12. - 14. Juni 2017
2ndo Congreso Internacional de Paisaje Urbano, Barcelona, Spanien, eingeladene Keynote Speech "La ciudad no calla. Nuevos paisajes de solidaridad y de resistencia urbanas”
19. - 23. Juni 2017
Mastermodul “Urban Culture and Public Space”, 3. Intensive Teaching Block (ITB III)
11. - 14. Juli 2017
Teilnahme an AESOP Annual Conference “Spaces of Dialog for Places of Dignity. Fostering the European Dimension of Planning"