Urban Emergencies : Emergent Urbanism

Deadline: 10 April 2014 - 12:00am

Website: http://www.ueeu.co.uk/

Where: Cambridge

Cities are developing into increasingly complex systems. This is giving rise to new scales of risk, making preparedness measures and resilience planning more challenging to formulate and implement.

Large urban populations growing directly over major fault lines in Iran, infectious disease epidemics becoming endemic in Hong Kong, flooding threatening the UK’s coastal towns, and China’s unique aging population issue exemplify how 21st century urbanism is becoming defined by our relationship to risk. We therefore question how prepared our urban lifestyles and urban forms are for these inevitable threats.

This is a call for an international and interdisciplinary perspective on risk within the built environment from students, academics, and professionals. Our goal is to collect worldwide research and extrapolate valuable lessons learnt that can be used in future architectural and urban design education and research.

Urban Emergencies : Emergent Urbanism is seeking papers and projects in a variety of fields which discuss the implications of emergent risks on the built environment and its inhabitants. In addition to architects and urbanists, we welcome submissions from all disciplines including anthropology, geography, history, economics, psychology, political science, etc. Threats are never purely an urban or human issue when it comes to the complexity of cities; risk and resilient solutions lie somewhere in between and cross-collaboration is key.



10th April 2014 – Submission of abstracts

10th May 2014 – Successful candidates announced


Your individual or group submission must include:

1. A 300-500 word abstract on your proposed topic.

2. The candidate’s or group’s name, affiliation, and contact details.

3. Submissions must be written in English.

4. In addition, submissions may include supporting images or websites.


Successful candidates will be considered for one or all of the following:

1. Inclusion in a publication of collected essays on the subject of Urban Emergencies : Emergent Urbanism.

2. Participation in a conference series at the University of Cambridge’s Department of Architecture in 2014.

3. Invitation to feature work at an exhibition in London, venue to be announced. The exhibition will include physical models, drawings and other visual presentations.


Please send all submissions to [email protected]

More information can be found at http://www.ueeu.co.uk

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