This Action research lab turns around the concept of traditional academic conferences. Participants will spend most of their time doing fieldwork and generating new insights. We will seek the stories behind innovative approaches and appropriations of public spaces in Amsterdam, identify related dilemmas, and (re)formulate research questions together with local participants, such as citizens, their organizations, municipal officials, developers with and without property. The resulting city guide will enable participants to experience local everyday practices, and engage in explorations on five thematic routes that present alternative narratives of the city.
The event revolves around five thematic routes, These routes focus on:
- (1) The city of mass tourism
- (2) The circular city– of water, food, energy flows
- (3) The ludic city– of play, sports, experimentation
- (4) Density and the informal city
- (5) The city of alternative ecologies
Through the thematic routes, targeted interventions and exercises that have been designed with local participants will provide opportunities for debate and reflection.
How do these interventions ‘perform the place’ and change relationships? What can we learn on the themes and their relationships? The combination of activities will shed light on questions about the physical-material conditions in which relevant practices came about, and setting the scene for future explorations and revisions. Here public space is playground in a broad sense – we learn and reflect by seeking connections with locally active people and designed objects not just as ‘quick’ passersby, but as observers and participants, and by generating data through action research.
Colin McFarlane, Durham University
Esther Agricola, Municipality of Amsterdam
Ellen van Beuren, TU Delft, PI AMS Institute
We welcome researchers and practitioners from fields such as urban studies, planning, communication studies, geography, architecture, as well as active citizens and policymakers.
Unlike in regular conferences, you will be actively involved in field activities and workshops. Thus, for the registration please submit the Google forms ticket no later than May 18th including (a) short bio and (b) abstract of max 300 words, which indicates how your background, expertise, and/or research challenges align with your potential contribution to the event.
More inforamtion and full program of the event can be found here.