2. Architecture & urban design

Track info:
  • What is the role of architecture and urban design in an urban environment marked by tensions and conflict? 
  • How does conflict affect the way people produce, understand and inhabit urban spaces and places? 
  • In what ways may the design of urban space, on the one hand, become an instrument of power and oppression, and, on the other hand, how can spatial practices challenge dominant forces of control and power? 

ROOM: KK-Lounge

Parallel Session 1, Thursday 27, 10.30 – 12.00: Scales of conflict in the contested city:

  • Dag Petersson – Hegemonic Reproduction of Power Relations in Västra Hamnen
  • Oda Ellensdatter Solberg – Building communities in Norway
  • Maria Gabriella Trovato – Landscape Architecture’s role in a contested world

Parallel session 2, Thursday 27, 14.30 – 16.00: Top down, bottom up, or somewhere in between:

  • Johann Sagan – Design as Embodied Politics: Barriers to conflict
  • Lina Naoroz Bråten – Temporary Urbanism in the open city
  • Per Gunnar Røe – Designing public space in the compact city – the social performativity of the city floor

Parallel session 3,  Friday 28, 10.30 – 12.00: Ways forward presentation by Byggefellesskaper I Norge and table talk:

  • Table talks – what now?

Contributors and audiences will sit together and workshop ideas for «a way forward». Based on discussions in the two previous sessions of this track, they will identify maximum three (!) key points (i.e. future tasks, solutions, challenges and/or opportunities) for creating new arenas to productively engage with conflict in cities. Key points will be presented in the following plenary debate.