The City (Re)shaped: Exploring the Nexus Between Politics, Memory and Urbanism in the Built Environment

The City (Re)shaped: Exploring the Nexus Between Politics, Memory and Urbanism in the Built Environment

The multidisciplinary conference ‘The City (Re)shaped: Exploring the Nexus Between Politics, Memory and Urbanism in the Built Environment’, organised by the Architecture and Urbanism Research Group was held at the University of Leeds, UK on 11-12 September 2018. Confronted with the increasing number of research projects and publications on Cities transformation in the global south, the conference aimed to enhance dialogue between academics and non-academic policy practitioners and community members. Both days of the conference included keynote speakers, workshops and roundtable discussions to debate and explore new insights on the history and future of cities through theoretical encounters and comparative analytical cases within the MENA, Europe and the rest of the world. The aim was to further the understanding of the intertwined dynamic nature of the Politics of Urbanism and the Urbanism of Politics as manifested in many cities around the world. Conversely, it questioned how cities and everyday urban life are used – and abused – in the containment of these broader national conflicts, in addition to exploring their potential for achieving the self-sustaining moderation, constructive channelling or resolution. We were particularly interested in scholarly contributions that speak to these themes through a range of topics across various spheres and powers relations. Hence, this special issue is one of the conference outcomes, which includes the publication of 15 selected papers which we anticipate that could lead to the development of new forms of collaborative work in this field.


A framework for contextualising the formation and transformation of the medina in north Africa,Architecture as an agency of resilience in urban armed conflicts: the case of Nablus City/ Palestine,Barriers vs. potentials: a descriptive study on the integration of female Syrian refugees in Alexandria,Changing socio-spatial systems of urban living in twentieth century Iraq,Cross-border cooperation and urban change in the Trinational Agglomeration Basel: potential and limitations,Experiments in Interfaces,In pursuit of self-reliance - perspectives of refugees in Jordan,Otherness and closeness: residential tourism and rural gentrification processes,Performative interventions to re-claim, re-define and produce public space in different cultural and political contexts,Power practices around infrastructures in Glòries, Barcelona,Problematising the peacebuilding strategies through embedded and situated research in Pyla,Re-imaging Rosetta historic core through Space Syntax,SYNCHRONY-CITY: Sarajevo in 5 acts and few intervals,The abstract space and the alienation of political public space in the middle east,The City (Re)shaped: Exploring the Nexus Between Politics, Memory and Urbanism in the Built Environment,Urbanism under dictatorship: the emergence of government-imposed spatial segregation in Tehran

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