Dates: February 11 and 25, and March 10, 2020.
Time and Venue: 13.00-17.00 @ Jankskerkhof 15, room 101, Utrecht (for session 1) & MCW Lab, Muntstraat 2A, Utrecht (for sessions 2 and 3).
Register: by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The [urban interfaces] group at Utrecht University (co-organizer of MAB20) invites you to attend the upcoming seminar on urban ecologies! The seminar entails three sessions on February 11 and 25, and March 10, 2020.
Life in our cities pose huge challenges for today as well as the (near) future. Perhaps the most urgent challenges we face deal with the implications of the present for the (near) future, specifically for the livability and sustainability of the complex and dynamic urban ecologies that we share, shape and design. In this seminar series, we propose to address the possibility of imagining alternative futures for urban life as we know it today as an ‘interfacing’ challenge. Conceptually, interfaces are understood to establish relations between two or more separate entities, while at the same time (re)defining them. This relationality and (literal) productivity we see at the heart of design and media, art, and performance practices and how, as urban interfaces, they address, respond to, and co-shape the current challenges for sustainable futures for urban ecologies.
In three sessions, we read and discuss a number of seminal and programmatic texts that address issues around livable and sustainable urban ecologies, the role of critical imaginaries and design in shaping futures for our cities, and perspectives for more-than-human cities.