Conference on Culture in Urban Space: Urban Form, Cultural Landscapes, Life in the City 2016 Copenhagen

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  • The Con­fer­ence on Cul­ture in Urban Space: Urban Form, Cul­tural Land­scapes, Life in the City is organ­ised by Island Dynam­ics on August 2226, 2016 in Copen­hagen, Den­mark. This inter­na­tional con­fer­ence explores the mutual influ­ence of urban cul­ture and urban form. The con­fer­ence will fea­ture pre­sen­ta­tions from researchers; urban plan­ners, design­ers, and archi­tects; and gov­ern­ment and NGO representatives.

    Con­fer­ence Theme

    The city can­not be under­stood in terms of its build­ings, infra­struc­tures, and phys­i­cal geog­ra­phy alone. Urban mate­ri­al­ity is inex­tri­ca­bly linked with city life: Urban spaces are influ­enced by the cul­tures that inhabit them, and urban form shapes these cul­tures in turn. This con­fer­ence brings together researchers, plan­ners, design­ers, pol­i­cy­mak­ers, and archi­tects from around the globe to explore the mutual influ­ence of urban cul­ture and urban form.

    Impacts of past urban plan­ning rever­ber­ate long after orig­i­nal ratio­nales have become obso­lete: For­ti­fi­ca­tions (walls, moats, fortresses), trans­port infra­struc­ture (rail­ways, high­ways, city gates), and other ele­ments of the built envi­ron­ment struc­ture future devel­op­ment. Aspects of urban form con­tribute to divid­ing the city into neigh­bour­hoods, deter­min­ing which areas will flour­ish while oth­ers decay, encour­ag­ing shifts from indus­trial to tourism or leisure use.

    The city’s archi­tec­tures affect the cul­tures of the peo­ple who use them: Dif­fer­ent kinds of hous­ing fos­ter dif­fer­ent forms of social­ity or iso­la­tion, and dif­fer­ent net­worked infra­struc­tures pro­mote dif­fer­ent path­ways to the inter­nal cohe­sion and/​or city­wide inte­gra­tion of urban cul­tures. Whether urban cul­tural land­scapes evolve grad­u­ally over time or result from deci­sive, top-​down plan­ning, they reflect and influ­ence the city’s mul­ti­tude of iden­ti­ties, indus­tries, cul­tural pol­i­tics, eth­nic rela­tions, and expres­sive cultures.

    Con­fer­ence Programm

    Cul­ture in Urban Space is a ‘Com­mu­nity Explo­rations’ con­fer­ence, allow­ing del­e­gates to con­tex­tu­alise knowl­edge and engage with com­mu­nity mem­bers. On 2224 August, del­e­gates will explore Copenhagen’s mor­pho­log­i­cal and cul­tural dis­tinc­tion, vis­it­ing neigh­bour­hoods such as:

    • Nord­vest (eth­ni­cally diverse and char­ac­terised by early-​20th Cen­tury utopian urban planning)
    • Nør­re­bro and Vester­bro (rapidly gen­tri­fy­ing neigh­bour­hoods beyond the old city walls, with abid­ing rep­u­ta­tions for ‘edgi­ness’ and crime)
    • Syd­havn (dein­dus­tri­al­is­ing working-​class neigh­bour­hood, being trans­formed by land recla­ma­tion and con­struc­tion of upper-​middle class residences)
    • City Cen­tre (struc­tured by the city’s for­mer for­ti­fi­ca­tions and coast­lines, cen­tral Copen­hagen has become the heart of Dan­ish polit­i­cal, tourism, and retail culture)
    • Chris­tian­shavn (for­mer ware­house, indus­trial, and mil­i­tary zone, which has trans­formed into Copenhagen’s pre-​eminent built her­itage land­scape, com­bin­ing elite res­i­dences and work­places with the coun­ter­cul­tural strong­hold of Christiania)
    • Del­e­gates will also visit Tivoli Gar­dens, a his­toric amuse­ment park that has devel­oped into a key site for Dan­ish iden­tity build­ing and cul­tural expression

    Con­fer­ence pre­sen­ta­tions take place on 2526 August at Ver­den­sKul­tur­Centret, Copenhagen’s mul­ti­cul­tural com­mu­nity centre.

    Keynote speak­ers

    • Ronan Pad­di­son (Uni­ver­sity of Glasgow)
    • Hen­ri­ette Steiner (Uni­ver­sity of Copenhagen)

    Con­fer­ence Topics

    Pre­sen­ta­tions will address such issues as:

    • How do design philoso­phies influ­ence lived culture?
    • How does urban mor­phol­ogy change over time along­side liveli­hoods and cul­tural expectations?
    • What forms of cul­tural resis­tance arise to chal­lenge top-​down urban design?
    • Why do neigh­bour­hoods develop within urban space?
    • How are ele­ments of the built envi­ron­ment re-​purposed?
    • What can plan­ners and design­ers do to pro­mote cul­tural flex­i­bil­ity or sensitivity?
    • How is eth­nic diver­sity reflected in urban form?
    • Should design­ers seek to rein­force or add flex­i­bil­ity to expres­sions of cul­tural dif­fer­ence in the city?
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