Call for Papers “Travelling Ideas on Open Space Design and Planning” – Deadline Extended

World in Denmark 2014
Copenhagen 12th and 13th June


Call for abstracts [deadline extended]

This conference invites contributors from landscape architecture, urban design, heritage- and urban studies, geography, anthropology, ethnology, art history and more to discuss how design and planning mindsets travel. Scholars and prac­titioners working with historical and contemporary design, planning, theory, and education from a broad variety of perspectives are encouraged to submit ab­stracts related to the following tracks:

Track 1: Process, site, and nature

Danish and Nordic planning and urban space design is often presented as particu­larly site-specific and in line with nature. The practices of designers and planners are culturally grounded and imply certain habits of thought. The way that we understand site, nature and identity has deep roots and colours our daily work­ing approaches. How does interpretation of site, nature and identity influence design and planning? And what happens when certain mindsets encounter and negotiate between different professions, regions and cultural spheres?

Track 2: Liveability, welfare, and democracy

Liveability, democracy and citizen’s participation are often associated with wel­fare planning as practiced in Scandinavia and Northern Europe. And yet, such concepts are not indigenous to this part of the world, neither necessarily con­stant. How are such concepts defined and practiced by different actors in the design and planning of open spaces? How are the spaces of the heydays of wel­fare urbanism in the 1960s and 1970s handled today? The financial crisis has been much less severe in Scandinavia than in many other regions. Is the Scandinavian idea of liveability and welfare planning relevant in other parts of the world? Are notions of liveability and welfare universal? What is democratic planning in Scan­dinavia and in other countries – historically and in the present?

Track 3: Traditions, narratives, and politics

There is always someone behind the construction of an architectural movement, like the Nordic, and there are always certain agendas. In this track, we ask who produces and promotes a certain planning tradition – why, for whom and with which implications? How come that a certain formal language becomes connec­ted to a certain set of values? How are design and planning approaches appropri­ated, reproduced, and altered in specific contexts? How do the construction and deconstruction of narratives influence our cities? In this track we will look into questions about subjectivity, and power.

A one-page abstract of maximum 300 words + five keywords is required. The abstract must be submitted to no later than 1st April 2014.

All abstracts and papers must be written and presented in English. Proposals for complete panels are welcome. Following a blind peer-review process, abstracts will be selected for an oral presentation at the conference. The accepted abstracts will be published in the online conference proceedings.

Contributors whose abstracts are accepted must register for the conference, pay registration fees, and revise their abstract according to the reviewers’ comments. A limited number of seats for a reduced registration fee are available.

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Deadline abstracts 1st April
Notice on accept 14th April
Early Bird registration offer until 30th April
Deadline for registration 15th May
Deadline revised abstract 12th May
Conference 12th-13th June
Post Conference Trips 14th June 

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