Globalisation, climate change, resource depletion and financial crises are the prevailing – and often crippling – conditions which shape our immediate professional and academic lives and longer-term futures. In our times of rapid change, young planners, architects and designers must develop and adopt new and more holistic approaches to planning and design in order to engage in a meaningful manner with an increasingly urban world and to propose creative interventions that go beyond the immediately physical.
The 3rd European Urban Summer School (EUSS) is a joint project of AESOP / ECTP-CEU / IFHP / ISOCARP and SCIBE, hosted by the SCIBE team at the University of Westminster, School of Architecture and the Built Environment in September 2012. It aims to bring together postgraduate students, emerging and experienced academics and young and established design and planning professionals from all over Europe (and further away) to develop a better understanding of some of the most pressing contemporary issues related to the built environment and to amplify and strengthen the links between planning- and design-relevant research and professional practice.
The EUSS is an invitation – a call to arms – to engage in the quest for and development of new ways of thinking about and new tools in response to emerging issues of scarcity – a condition generally defined by the insufficiency of cultural, social or economic resources. But scarcity is about more than simple resource depletion: it is embedded in political, social and ecological systems. How and by whom is scarcity generated, engineered, constructed and perceived? What are we, as practitioners in an urban context, to do under conditions of scarcity in the built environment? The EUSS is an invitation to reclaim the possibility of making the city in our times of scarcity.
Application deadline is May 31, 2012. See here:
http://www.scibe.eu/category/euss/ for more info on the EUSS, the application and selection process, and available prizes!
Deljana Iossifova, PhD, Dipl.Arch.ETH/SIA
Research Fellow, Scarcity and Creativity in the Built Environment (SCIBE)
School of Architecture and the Built Environment, University of Westminster
Room M225, 35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS
Tel: +44 (0)20 3506 7032
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