Keynote Speaker

Ali Madanipour is Professor of Urban Design and Director of Global Urban Research Unit (GURU) at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University. In 2010 he was the City of Vienna Senior Visiting Professor at the Technical University of Vienna, and in 2011 the Wits-Claude Leon Distinguished Scholar, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. His latest books include Urban Design, Space and Society (published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2014) and Public Space and the Challenges of Urban Transformation in Europe (published by Routledge in 2014).

Plenary Lecturers

Sabine Knierbein is assistant Professor  at Vienna UT for Urban Culture and Public Space (Tenure Track). She focuses on trans- and postdisciplinary epistemologies of public space in urban studies. She has worked on public space for fifteen years in theory and practice, and has published in English, German, French, Spanish and Portuguese. Research interests: epistemology of public space, emerging urban cultures, embodied space, sociocultural difference in planning and architecture, urban cultures and social movements, fair design. Since December 2008 Sabine Knierbein is in charge of the scientific development, the structural establishment and management of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space (SKuOR). In 2009, after the Annual Meeting of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) in Liverpool (UK) she  co-founded the AESOP Thematic Group on Public Spaces and Urban Cultures, with Ceren Sezer (TU Delft, Urban4) and Chiara Tornaghi (University of Leeds), that has been officially recognized by AESOP as its new thematic group in April 2010. 

Tihomir Viderman is a research assistant at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space of Vienna University of Technology. Having a degree both in architecture and in European urban studies, he is involved in interdisciplinary research and teaching on the topic of public space seen as relational space as well as on emerging cultural practices. His main research interests pertain to the role of mental production of meaning in the making of places and shaping urban cultures. He has been working in spatial and urban planning in Croatia and Germany.


Ferdinando Fava is an urban anthropologist and research fellow at the Laboratoire Architecture Anthropologie (LAA), a research lab that is part of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris La Villette and the CNRS research unit LAVUE (Laboratoire Architecture Ville Urbanisme Environment). He studied urban sociology at the University of California, Berkeley and completed his PhD at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. He teaches Cultural Anthropology at the University of Padova, and is Guest Professor at various universities in France, the Netherlands, Brazil, Cuba  and Argentina. He has published extensively in French and Italian on a public housing project in the economically deprived Zona Espansione Nord (ZEN) of Palermo, and his work addresses larger epistemological issues of social exclusion in urban areas

Carlo Cellamare is Assistant professor in Town Planning at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, member of the DICEA Department and member of the staff of the PhD Programme in Town Planning of the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. His research studies span, even in an interdisciplinary approach, the relationship between built forms of the town, the relationship between everyday life and global processes of urban structure development and urban policies in informal settlement areas. He has developed his researches even through research-action experiences and innovative participatory design and planning processes.

Sylvie Tissot  is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Paris-8. Her research has focused on urban reform and upper class, with an interest for impoverished areas in France and gentrified neighborhoods in the United States. Her new book De bons voisins (Good Neighbors. Gentrifying Diversity in Boston’s South End, Verso, 2015) as well as an article in City and Community (“On Dogs and Men: The Making of Spatial Boundaries in a Gentrifying Neighborhood”2011) grew out of fieldwork in Boston. A member of the editorial board of Actes de la recherche en sciences sociales, founded by Pierre Bourdieu, she co-edited several issues on urban space. Her new research project is a study of upper middle class residents in two gentrified neighborhoods, Park Slope (New York City) and Le Marais (Paris), evaluating the role of “gay-friendly” attitudes in the development of social class and urban space. 

Massimo Bricocoli, MSc in Architecture (Politecnico di Milano) and PhD in Urban and Regional Planning (IUAV Venice), 2009-2010 Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow. Currently Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies of Politecnico di Milano and Faculty at the School of Architecture and Society (“Housing and Neighbourhoods”, “Urban Ethnography”). Theoretical and empirical research interests are focused: a) Urban regeneration processes and housing policies in the context of the post industrial city, b) Emerging forms of urbanity, dwelling and inequalities c) Social change patterns at the urban level and the restructuring of local welfare policies, d) the development of a theoretical contribution to the development of urban research and to the innovation of teaching and research methods in urban studies. On these themes he has been developing several research projects, consulting local governments and publishing books and essays in Italy and abroad.



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