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Cities, Communities and Homes: Is the Urban Future Livable?

Cities, Communities and Homes: Is the Urban Future Livable?

University of Derby, England, UK
June 22-23 2017

Keynote Speakers:
Richard Blythe, RTPI. Royal Town Planning Institute Vincent Goodstadt, ECTP-CEU. European Council of Spatial Planners ? Conseil europ?en des urbanistes

In this conference housing design, community development, city space, urban sociology and human geography will be dealt with individually, as important subjects in their own right. They will also be examined as integrated complex subjects that influence one another in fundamental ways.

The conference encourages subject specialists to explore the specific issues of their area of expertise. It also seeks to support a more cross sector and interdisciplinary way of thinking by facilitating a better understanding of the approaches of experts and academics in these complex and interconnected set of issues: housing provision, policy and design; community resilience and participation; urban politics and social structures. This is a unique opportunity to broaden our knowledge of how the work of other disciplines impacts on our own.

The series is organised by a collection of publishers and universities including: The University of Derby, The University of the West of England, London South Bank University Liverpool and John Moores University, UCL Press and Libri Publishing, La Universidad de Sevilla, The University of Cyprus, Swinburne University and more. It is coordinated by the non-profit research organisation AMPS as part of its engagement with the UN Habitat University Initiative.

Between 2016-2018 the series is focused on events in the UK. See:


Speakers this series include: Steve Cole, Head of Policy, National Housing Federation; Herman Hertzberger, RIBA Gold Medalist; Assemble, Turner Prize Winners; Stephen Hodder, CBE, Former President, RIBA; Richard Blythe, Head of Policy, Royal Town Planning Institute and more?


Cities: Speakers include urban and landscape designers, human geographers and regional planners. Each will deal with their own work, cases studies, strategy proposals, current and emerging issues in theory and practice.
Communities: Speakers include community activists, participatory design practices, sociologists studying community and local policy makers.
Homes: Speakers include housing professionals, architects developing affordable housing models, and regional policy makers on housing provision.


There are four separate publication outlets:
There is a conference proceedings publication as part of the event series with its own ISSN. Delegates will also be considered for inclusion in two books series with UCL Press and Libri Publishing, respectively. In addition, the scholarly journal Architecture_MPS ISSN will run a Special Issue on housing.

SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation for its operating support.
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