The [urban interfaces] graduate seminar 2019-2020

Urban Ecologies

Dates: February 11 and 25, and March 10, 2020
Time and Venue: 13.00-17.00 @ MCW Lab, Muntstraat 2A, 3512 EV Utrecht
Credits: 3 ECTS (for RMa Studentes and PhD Candidates only, MA students who want to obtain ECTS can contact Dr Nanna Verhoeff for more information)
The seminar series is open to (R)Ma students and PhD candidates
Register via RMeS website

Organized by: http://urbaninterfaces.sites.uu.nl
More information: Dr Nanna Verhoeff – N.Verhoeff[at]uu.nl

Life in our cities pose huge challenges for today as well as the (near) future. Perhaps the most urgent challenges we face deal with the implications of the present for the  (near) future, specifically for the livability and sustainability of the complex and dynamic urban ecologies that we share, shape and design. In this seminar series, we propose to address the possibility of imagining alternative futures for urban life as we know it today  as an ‘interfacing’ challenge. Conceptually, interfaces are understood to establish relations between two or more separate entities, while at the same time (re)defining them. This relationaly and (literal) productivity we see at the heart of design and media, art, and performance practices and how, as urban interfaces, they address, respond to, and co-shape the current challenges for sustainable futures for urban ecologies.

In three sessions, we read and discuss a number of seminal and programmatic texts that address issues around livable and sustainable urban ecologies, the role of critical imaginaries and design in shaping futures for our cities, and perspectives for more-than-human cities:

  • Tuesday February 11: Transformative Cities
  • Tuesday February 25: Resilient Cities
  • Tuesday March 10: More-Than-Human Cities

Requirements: attendance and three blog reports on the reading and discussion.