Keynote Ali Madanipour

Thursday, 21 November 2019, 17:00 @ TUtheSky, Getreidemarkt 9, 1060 Vienna

Critical reflections on care

Drawing on the conference’s proceedings and the ongoing debates in architecture, planning and urban studies on the subject, this presentation develops critical reflections on the notion of care and its applications and implications. What are the conditions in which precarity and vulnerability increase, and what are the forms of response to these conditions? What do we mean by care, and what is the role that the concept of care plays in reshaping the discourse? Do we see the emergence of a coherent concept or a set of practices from different fields that are grouped together under that name? What is the relationship with similar concepts that have been used before? What are the roles of the researchers and practitioners? What are the power relations that it reflects or engenders? What are the relationships between vulnerability, care and solidarity? Are the different forms of solidarity (familial, civil and social) interdependent or mutually exclusive?


Ali Madanipour is Professor of Urban Design and a founding member of the Global Urban Research Unit (GURU) at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University, UK. He has been the City of Vienna Senior Visiting Professor at the SKuOR, Technical University of Vienna. His latest books include The Handbook of Planning Theory (Routledge, 2018), and Cities in Time: Temporary urbanism and the future of the city (Bloomsbury, 2017).