Tuesday, March 24, 2015

CFP: 2015 Future of Places Conference (lead-in to Habitat III) in Stockholm: Deadline of April 15

Call for papers

Following the 2014 Future of Places conference in Buenos Aires, we are pleased to announce the next conference in the series.

The 2015 Future of Places conference will serve as a lead-in to Habitat III and its theme “Toward a New Urban Agenda.”  Conference-goers will have an opportunity to shape that agenda by helping to define the critical issues for action,particularly around the agenda of public space, place and placemaking. The Future of Places conference recognises the central importance of public spaces, not only as amenities, but as dynamic environments that are shaped by the people themselves – not abstract space but human places, shaped actively by “placemaking.”  These public places, along with their adjacent private and semi-private places, form a critical connective network within the city — profoundly influencing, and potentially limiting, social, economic and personal development.


In line with the public space agenda for Habitat III, the theme of the academic session is “Growing Public Spaces: Shaping the Agenda for Science, Policy, Practice, and Civil Society.”  We recognise that it is not only the quantity of public space as an amenity that must be increased, but the quality of human places and placemaking that must be supported and enhanced, by governments, researchers, practitioners and NGOs – and ultimately, by the people themselves.

We invite your submission of a paper abstract of no more than 300 words for initial consideration.  If invited, you will be asked to complete a paper of between 3,000 and 6,000 words for the conference proceedings, accompanied by an oral presentation (with slides if desired) of 15 minutes.

It is recommended (but not required) that submissions be focused on one of the four following areas:

SCIENCE: Advancing New Theoretical Insights and Opportunities for Growing Public Space.

POLICY: Removing Barriers and Inserting Reforms to Promote a Stronger Public Realm.

PRACTICE: Advancing New Tools and Models for Public Space and Placemaking.

CIVIL SOCIETY: Organising Groups and Strategies to Achieve the Needed Changes.


We invite you to consider the following sub-themes, among others:

– Places and placemaking – Urban spatial networks and networks of place – Economic spillovers and social dynamics – Innovation districts and placemaking – Ingredients of successful urban places – Urban capacity and capability – Diversity and equity – Multi-modal mobility – Street design for health – Emerging tools and toolkits – Implementation strategies for short-term impacts – Priorities for research, education, policy and practice – Streets as drivers of urban prosperity – Placemaking in small towns and rural settings



Invited speakers include:

Harrison Fraker Jan Gehl Bruce Katz Phil Hadfield Arif Hassan Bruce Katz Jennifer Keesmaat Eva de Klerk Julian Agyeman Vikas Mehta Fran Tonkiss Saskia Sassen Richard Sennett

And others to be announced


Elite Hotel Marina Tower Saltsjöqvarns Kaj 25 131 71 Nacka Stockholm CALL FOR PAPERS

Abstracts will be reviewed by a qualified panel of referees, and selected abstracts will be invited to submit full papers. Abstracts should be no more than 300 words, on one page, including author(s)’ name and contact information at the top of the page. Email submissions to the address below by the dates specified.


Michael Mehaffy, Sustasis Foundation, Portland, Chair, Academic Committee

Tigran Haas, Ph.D., Royal Institute of Technology, SE Fred Kent, President Project for Public Spaces, US Helene Littke, Visiting Scholar, City University Graduate Center, US Ali Madanipour, Ph.D., Newcastle University, UK Stephen Marshall, Ph.D., University College London, UK Paul Murrain, Principal Murrain Urban Design, London, UK Ernesto Philibert-Petit, Ph.D., Tecnologico de Monterrey, MX Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Dean Emeritus University of Miami, FL, US Sergio Porta, Ph.D., University of Strathclyde, UK Yodan Rofe, Ph.D., Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, IL Ombretta Romice, Ph.D., University of Strathclyde, UK Nikos Salingaros, Ph.D., University of Texas, US Wolfgang Sonne, Ph.D., Technical University of Dortmund, DE Emily Talen, Ph.D., Arizona State University, US



Call for Papers – Abstracts Due …………. 15 April2015 (extended deadline)

Notification of Selected Abstracts ………  25 April 2015 Invited Papers Due…………………………….. 1 May 2015 Notification of Selection, Revisions…….. 1 June 2015 Final Revised Papers Due…………………… 15 June 2015

Early Registration is open ………………….. 3 Feb 2015 (Use application form on website) Early Registration Ends …………………….. 1 May 2015 Conference date……………………………….. 29 June – 1 July 2015


The conference is free for invited attendees (including those with accepted papers) and includes all meals.  You may apply to attend the conference without a paper by applying at the following website: http://futureofplaces.com/application-2015/


Abstracts will be reviewed by a qualified panel of referees. Selected papers will be invited to participate in a second round of peer review toward publication in a conference proceeding volume or partner journal to be announced, in the field of urban design and development.


Future of Places

Project leader Peter Elmlund <peter@futureofplaces.com> Send your abstract (or paper, if completed) to: academic@futureofplaces.com

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