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Conference and Publication Call: Alternatives to the Present

Monday, April 23, 2018  
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Alternatives to the Present. A Conference on Architecture, Urbanism, Sociology, Development & Planning

November 1-2, 2018 
Kent State University,
Abstracts: June 5, 2018 (Round One)

Planning, Urbanism, Sociology, Housing, Community Studies, Landscape Architecture, Human Geography

In-person, skype, pre-recorded film, written paper.

The New Urban Agenda of the United Nations seeks to combine the material, social and environmental agendas molding the urban world. American planning groups advocate for planning that promotes social equity and inclusive communities. The AIA champions livable communities and the American Association of Geographers links the notions of resilience and urban justice. This conference brings these disciplines together and critiques the reality of this seemingly coherent set of agendas in the built environment.

Kent State University, the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative with the interdisciplinary research organisation AMPS (Architecture, Media, Politics, Society) and its academic journal Architecture_MPS.

As part of PARADE the following books have already been published:

Housing Solutions Through Design, Libri Publishing
Digital Futures and the City of Today, Intellect Books
From Conflict to Inclusion in Housing, UCL Press
Imaging the City - Art and Creative Practices in the City, Intellect Books
Housing the Future, Libri Publishing
Urban Documents, Design Practices and Social Criticism Through the Lens. Intellect Books
Reflections on Architecture, Society and Politics.

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The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning promotes education, research, service and outreach in the United States and throughout the world by seeking to:

  • recognize diverse needs and interests in planning;
  • improve and enhance the accreditation process, and;
  • strengthen the role of planning education in colleges and universities through publications, conferences, and community engagement;
  • extend planning beyond the classroom into the world of practice.


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