[URBANTH-L]CFP: Urban Spaces and Private Quarters

Angela Jancius acjancius at ysu.edu
Mon Jul 18 22:37:56 EDT 2005

Urban Spaces and Private Quarters

As part of the conference "Technological and Aesthetic
(Trans)Formations of Society" held between October 12 to 14, 2005 at
the Technical University of Darmstadt we would like to inform you about
the programme of the conference panel "Urban Spaces and Private Quarters".

In this panel the focus lies on spatial relations and the city both as
object of and as the location for scientific scrutiny. Perceptions of
symbolic and material artifacts in the city guide the everyday life of
a majority of the world's contemporary population. The tacit power of
architecture, the subtle influences of the aesthetics of things are
constantly reconfigured by the practices of the people moving through
and using urban spaces. However, built space is not the only hub of
this panel. The staging of events in the city by different actors and
the conflicting uses of publicly accessible spaces directs our interest
to presentations and representations of the city and its diverse
inhabitants. This area of inquiry connects discursive with visual and
performative aspects of urban life. Finally, we are interested in the
multiple ways in which the modeling and visualization of urban space in
architectural design influences the development and the decision making
processes that eventually solidify into concrete buildings, plazas, and
parks. Regarding all three of these hubs there will be presentations
that explicitly deal with the ambivalent or dialectic character of
aesthetics in the cities. Touristic interests produce sites that are
intended to attract people, their time, their money and their
attention. These sites become places of a specific cultural and
economic significance. At the same time other places are produced and
presented as repellent - the "no-go areas" of the modern ghetto, ethnic
neighborhoods, and the hidden or gated communities of the rich and
powerful. Aesthetics are a central component of the processes of
attraction and exclusion that regulate our everyday practices.

We are glad to offer the following presentations:
* Jerome Krase (Brooklyn College, The City University of New York):
Seeing Ethnic Succession in Little and Big Italy.
* Helen Liggett (Cleveland State University)
* Deniz Altay (City and Regional Planner, Urban Designer Ankara,
Turkey): Urban Spaces in Daily Practices ­ The Case Of  "Minibar".
* Lars Frers (Technical University of Darmstadt): Perception,
Aesthetics, and Encapsulation­ Encountering Space and the Materiality
of Railway and Ferry Terminal Buildings.
* Ute Lehrer (Faculty of Environmental Studies York University,
Canada): Urban Design, Everyday Life and Image Politics Re-Defined .
* Zeuler R. Lima, (Washington University in Saint Louis), Vera M.
Pallamin (University of São Paulo): Reinventing the void.
* Martina Löw (Technical University of Darmstadt): Eye-Catchers.
Space-Gender Stagings in the Case of Prostitution.
* Rosmin Mathew (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi), Anup Sam
Ninan (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi): Architecture ­ Changing
Priorities Of Space ­ Case-Study Of A University.
* Lars Meier (Technical University of Darmstadt): Working in the
Skyline ­ Landscape images and their inscription in everyday life.
* Daniel Normark (The Interactive Institute / Mobility Studio,
Stockholm), Oskar Juhlina (Section for Science and Technology Studies,
Göteborg University): Presenting and Representing Roadsides: the
Practise of Mounting and Removing Private Signs along Road.
* Lukasz Stanek (Technical University Delft, Department of
Architectural Theory): Simulating Nowa Huta: The Crisis of
Representation in a Postcommunist City and its Consequences for the
Production of Urban Space.
* Katharine Willis (University of Bremen, Spatial Cognition Program)

The planning committee of the conference, and the organizers of this
panel, Lars Frers and Lars Meier, are looking forward to welcome you in
the city of Darmstadt for this conference.

For more information:

Registration is required.
Conference Fee: 30/15 Euro

e-mail: tagung-graduiertenkolleg at ifs.tu-darmstadt.de

Conference Location:
Technical University of Darmstadt
Darmstadt, Germany

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