Recent Opportunities


Urbanism at Borders - Trans-disciplinary Research Conference

Border research emphases on the discourse analysis on critical issues and connotation of separation - demarcation – segregation and conflicts and translated and theorizing these issues in various patterns of urbanism. Borders determine the degree of how regions are positioned in the global maps with the condition with which regions are valued, categorised and marked by its capacity to create individual geographical identities and unique settlement patterns. Borders define socially and economically incompatible systems that influence the nature of mobility of goods, human traffic, and economic transactions that suggest temporal, subdued, blurring socio-cultural entities defined by urban orders. Borders create these blurring urban orders along its boundaries defined by lack of cohesiveness with either sides of a border. 

Borders are more than geographically defined separations, but accounts of metamorphoses and metaphors that two neighbouring states are defined by the economy, politics, culture, and religion – manifested by its typological entities.

Borders Research Issues 

Typologies under investigations 

Mapping Borders reflecting on the following issues: 

• Characteristics of social displacement at the borders 

• Transient/temporal settlement 

• Typologies and Form of Settlement 

• Conflict and Cultural hybridity 

• The architecture of weak forms on borderlines 

• Regenerative architecture as a socio-cultural policy 

• A phenomenology of generic places 

• Borders invoke centres: is there a new foundation? 

• The occupation of place: between reality and authorities 

• Crisis communication and the ‘architecture’ of media 

• Quick solutions: the printed habitat 

• New Social formation/Social Capital 


Registration for the Forum: 

1. Early Bird registration: £200 on or before 30 January 2018 

2. Student registration: £100 on or before 30 January 2018 

3. Student late registration: £150 after 30 January 2018 

4. Late registration: £250 after 30 January 2018 

5. Registration includes attendance in opening dinner, lunch/snacks for sessions, papers from the conference 

6. Tour on 8 September 2018 (optional): City centre and Castle in Aberdeen (Coordinated and narrated by Professor William Alvis Brogden, author of ‘A City's Architecture: Aberdeen as 'Designed City'’) 

7. Registration for the tour is mandatory on or before 5 September 2018 with £25 deposit that includes bus and snacks 

Urbanism at Border Secretariat: 

Helen Aggasild 

Scott Sutherland School of Architecture & Built Environment 

Robert Gordon University 

Sir Ian Wood Building, Riverside East 

Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, AB10 7GJ, Scotland, UK 


Urbanism at Border Convenors & Editors: 

Dr Quazi Mahtab Zaman, Aberdeen. 

Dr Igea Troiani, Oxford,


SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
for its operating support.
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