Volos in the Extremes
international urban design master class
26 – 31 October 2013, Volos, Greece

“Volos in the Extremes” is an international Urban Design Master Class open to students towards the end of their studies, recent graduates, and professionals, in architecture, urban design, and related design/project-oriented fields concerned with the study of the city and urban intervention. The master class is organised through the collaboration of an international team of professionals and academics. It is hosted by the Department of Architecture, University of Thessaly, in Volos.

The point of departure for this master class is the challenges faced by the city in response to the global economic crisis. As the predominant model of development, in Greece and around the world, is severely challenged, we are presented with a unique opportunity to re-invent it: to shift from growth to sustainability, from market-dependency to self-sufficiency, from individually-motivated consumption to publicly-useful production, a whole new paradigm is longing to emerge. How will the city respond to it? And how can urban design and programming contribute to this very emergence?

Through a 6-day programme of group work, site visits, lectures, and social events, the master class, organised into units, will produce a set of urban design proposals for different areas of Volos. Units focus on different geographies of the city, ranging both in scale and location, from building typology to the structure of the urban grid, and from the city’s water edge to its peripheral ‘strip’ extensions. Seen in its entirety, this set of final projects will constitute an extensive and thorough urban intervention proposal for the whole city.

Considering the crisis as a trigger for the re-invention of the city itself, we invite participants to use the tools of city-making in proposing radical urban scenarios for an uncompromised future. We shall aim at nothing less than a pragmatic utopia.

 

 

fees
140 euros for registrations by 30 September
200 euros for registrations after 30 September

for further information and registration details download the master class programme
http://www.urbantranscripts.org/documents/UT2013_01_udm_programme.pdf

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designmasterclass@urbantranscripts.org

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Volos in the Extremes is an Urban Transcripts initiative under the auspices of the Department of Architecture, University of Thessaly, with the support of the Architects Association of Magnesia, the Union of Greek Architects, the Architects Association of Thessaloniki, and the Municipality of Volos – Municipal Centre for History and Documentation.

The IFHP (International Federation for Housing and Planning) celebrated recently one century of active engagement with cities and human settlement issues. Hosted by the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL, the IFHP 100 Centenary London Congress took place on 8-11 June bringing together a pluralism of international voices and perspectives. Participants coming from around the globe shared their experiences regarding urban growth. And this was one of the key elements of the Congress; discussions were based on ‘experiences’, on living examples-manifestations of urban prosperity or decay and of the shifting from the one to the other. From the challenges of urban growth, the visions and intentions – up to the policy making, the planning and the outcomes in terms of housing and social justice over time, one could trace the complexity of urban planning and the dynamics of public, private and civic sectors in the socio-economic processes of cities’ emergence.
The Congress Themes included resilient citiessmart citiesinclusive cities and cities in transition. Cases of regional planning, of masterplanning and of soft-urbanism, retrofitting and conviviality; issues of governance, infrastructure, land ownership, resource distribution and profit; climate resiliency; ‘smart’ as the new ‘green’; ‘garden cities’ versus ‘eco cities’; these were all topics discussed highlighting the ever-changing needs of urbanity and bringing to the fore the critical need for long term planning. Does the achievement of long term and adaptable solutions lie, as Charles Laundry (Comedia-Urban Futures Think Tank) suggested, in the divergence of our focus from the composition of laws, rules and regulations to the formation of frameworks, guidelines and suggestions? Food for thought…
For those more interested in the particularities of this event,

Organisers: Kinda Al_Sayed

Assistant organiser: Ashley Dhanani

Cities are increasingly becoming a focus of research across many disciplines as the global population continues its trend towards urbanisation. With this comes an ever increasing quantity of data pertaining to urban environments. This deluge of information necessitates new approaches to modelling to make use of the ever expanding range of resources. Within UCL, numerous departments are working on bringing new methods and data sources together to understand and improve urban environments across all its facets. As part of the UCL Teaching Innovation Grant, the 2013 Innovative Research on Cities symposium aims to bring together a diverse range of researchers to share their experiences and ideas around the theme of Innovative Research on Cities. The theme of the symposium is purposefully vague as to allow the broadest range of participants to take part and therefore stimulate lively debate and exchanges in knowledge that would not normally be possible.
We invite contributions from all disciplines that are concerned with any aspect of evaluation and modelling of urban phenomena. In addition to the Bartlett’s contributions, we will also have three contributions from Cambridge University as part of a new knowledge exchange initiative. Papers will be presented either as formal presentations or as posters that will be displayed in the symposium room. Submissions for the formal presentation will take the form of abstracts (500 words maximum). All submissions will be reviewed by the organising committee prior to acceptance into the symposium.

Symposium key themes
Understanding cities, sustainable cities and modelling cities.
Key Dates
Call for submission: 22nd February 2013
Submission Deadlines: Abstracts – 15th March (500 words max)
Posters – 20th March (A2, portrait format)
Review Decision: Abstracts – 17th March
Posters – 21th March
Symposium: 25th March 2013

Submissions are to be made to Ashley Dhanani< ashley.dhanani@ucl.ac.uk> The symposium is an open and free event, but we would appreciate it if you would let us know about your intention to attend.

Timetable of sessions

09.30 – Event Start/Introduction Professor Alan Penn  
09.45 – Key speech Professor Philip Steadman  
10.15 – Session 1: Understanding Cities Chair Prof. Mike Raco, UCL Urban Laboratory
Sonia Freire Trigo, Understanding urban vacant land: A way towards resilient urban fabrics
Stephen Law, Estimating the economic value of spatial accessibility through a hedonic framework
11.30 – Coffee Break  
11.45 – Session 2: Spatial models Chair Dr. Sam Griffiths, Space Group
Ashley Dhanani, Creating Linkages Between Space, Cognition and Politics
Kinda Al_Sayed, On the definition of organised complexity in urban systems
13.00 – Lunch  
14.00 – Session 3: Sustainable Cities Chair Aaron Gillich, Cambridge University
Margaret Thorley, Incentivizing private sector engagement in building retrofit initiatives
W. Victoria Lee, Indoor overheating risks assessment in the time of climate change, urbanization, and the rise of the Global South
Peter Armitage, Using display energy certificates to quantify energy consumption in the English public non-domestic building stock
15.15 – Coffee Break  
15.30 – Session 4: Modelling Cities Chair Dr. James Cheshire, CASA
Toby Davies, Analysing the London riots via a mathematical model
Moritz Behrens, Exploring participatory tangible interfaces in hybrid public spaces
Martin Traunmueller, The path is the reward: Considering social networks to contribute to the pleasure of urban strolling
16.45 – End/Closing Remarks

 

 

 

the Urban Transcripts 2012 international workshop on the city
London, 3-9 December 2012

A 17-strong international tutor team of practising architects, researchers in architecture and urbanism, artists, and linguists are  leading this years’ Urban Transcripts workshop on the city. Focusing on London’s actual problematics, combining on-site visits, urban explorations, studio work and social events, the workshop is an interdisciplinary exercise in understanding the urban condition and working towards collaborative solutions.

The workshop is open both to students and non-students; it will be of particular interest to students past their 2nd  year of study, postgraduate students, and recent graduates, in disciplines related to the study of the city and urban intervention; notably architecture, urbanism, planning, geography, the social sciences, and the arts.

fees
£140 for London-based host students
£170 for other UK students
£200 for international guest students
£240 for non-students

scholarships
Urban Transcripts offers a limited number of scholarships (free participation in the workshop) to participants on low income living and/or working in Hackney Wick. Please email us for further information.

hosting and accommodation arrangements
London-based host students are requested to host the international guest students for the duration of the workshop. Non-student participants, and other students from the UK are expected to make their own accommodation arrangements.

full workshop programme:
http://www.urbantranscripts.org/documents/UT_2012_02_ws.pdf

contact and registrations:
workshop@urbantranscripts.org

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