Irritations and Unforeseen Consequences of the Urban

Online Conference 30 June to 2 July 2021

 This event is free and open to the public. To register, please click below.

The Urban Environments Initiative (UEI) is welcoming a variety of submissions for its online conference “Irritations and Unforeseen Consequences of the Urban.” Over the past two years, the UEI has brought together scholars from a variety of international institutions to critically engage and exchange expertise on various aspects of the urban, and this from a variety of disciplinary viewpoints.

For the first time, we will be holding a conference that will have UEI members present their work while inviting external participants to join and present their work as well. The three-day conference will be held via Zoom from 30 June to 2 July and will run from 13:00–18:00 (CEST) each day.

The keynote speakers Hannah Knox (Department of Anthropology,
University College London) and Anuradha Mathur (practicing architect; Weitzman School of
Design, University of Pennsylvania) will share their thoughts in conversation with one another atour keynote session “Debating Urban Climates.”

For more information please view the detailed program

Re: Thinking the Urban

Online Workshop 22 January 2021

Munich, Germany

Read the full workshop report here!

As a continuation of the Urban Environments Initiative’s Spaces of Living in Transformation workshop, Re: Thinking the Urban focuses on a central theme that arose from the last workshop: what is the urban and how can we/and should we define it?

The workshop will focus on several interrelated topics that seek to answer this question and will bring together members of the Initiative from LMU, TUM, the University of Cambridge, NYU, and other affiliated institutions. A detailed program will be available closer to the workshop.

Spaces of Living in Transformation

Online Workshop 26 June 2020

Read the full workshop report here!

Following the Urban Environment Initiative’s official launch at last October’s “Urban Environments—International Perspectives” workshop, “Spaces of Living in Transformation—In Times of Uncertainty” was the second event to bring together scholars based at LMU Munich (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München), TUM (Technische Universität München), NYU (New York University), the University of Cambridge, and other invited members. Initially, the UEI sought to build on the inaugural workshop by considering two in-depth case studies of spaces of living in transformation within Munich. The goal was to inspire discusiion amongst the UEI’s members working in and on various international urban contexts. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, however, the original two-day workshop was adapted into a half-day virtual workshop that invited UEI members to present their urban-focused research projects related to one of four themes: Creating/Destroying/Decolonizing Spaces of Living and Extinction; Material and Built Environment; Spatial and Social Justice, Accessibility and Inclusion; and Belonging and Identity. 

The workshop was the first of a series of events to officially be hosted by the Urban Environments Initiative that runs until July 2021. A copy of the workshop program can be downloaded below.