Ways of Making and Thinking Cities

In the 1980s and 1990s we witnessed major transformations, on a global scale, in the modes of “thinking and making cities”. Since then, works in science, technology and politics lost relevance in both actions and decisions concerning the city production. These works have become increasingly dependent of a multiplicity of national and international actors, a  logic of territorial competitiveness and an intersection of several economic and financial interests. The 2007-2008 crisis however, has revived the need to question this urban development model, (re)opening the debate on the roles of science and technology within the context of urban transformations and, marking the emergence of new theoretical approaches to urbanism. The objective of this call is to explore the relationships established between scientific knowledge, political and economic power and, social mobilization in the production of contemporary urban space. What modes and fields of knowledge – instituted or to be established – can and will inform urban development theory(s) and practice(s) in the near future? What types of urban knowledge are still considered legitimate and what is their relevance in the context of public policies, governance models and socio-economic development strategies? What, after all, is the effective importance of political and social mobilization of urban scientists and technicians in the process of “making cities”? Papers should focus on theoretical reflections and empirical analyzes around the following themes:

  • Urban Ontologies and Epistemologies
  • Critical Urbanism and Assemblage Urbanism
  • Resilience and Sustainability
  • (My) Anthropocene / Capital / Plantationocene / Chtulucene
  • Forms of discourse and practices
  • Smart Cities