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Summit on Plot-Based Urbanism

Summit on Plot-Based Urbanism

UDSU is honoured to host a two-day summit at the University of Strathclyde from 27-28 October to bring together leading ideas on Plot-Based Urbanism.

With an increasing trend towards single-use, suburban developments on large plots, we are in the process of losing the diverse, close-grain urban fabrics that once served as the foundation for our most beloved streets and flourishing town centres. This has provoked urban designers and town planners, academics, community organizations and governments at all levels to rethink how to achieve more sustainable approaches to contemporary placemaking. Based on the fundamental importance of the plot in urban development, plot-based urbanism has recently re-emerged as an updated approach to compact, sustainable urban design and masterplanning.

Plot-based urbanism is built upon earlier traditions of placemaking and claims to inform urban planning and design strategies in a way that is not only conducive to incremental growth and mixture of land uses and tenures but also minimizes adverse economic risks, encourages informal participation, and respects local culture. Now that it is receiving growing attention in academia, practice, and local governments in the UK and Europe, there is no better time to bring together leading voices in the discussions surrounding plot-based urbanism and set new agendas, establish collaborations, and move towards practical implementation in research, practice and policy. Find out more here

Call for Abstracts: Rethinking the Role of Law in Urban Planning, Policy and Development

Rethinking the Role of Law in Urban Planning, Policy and Development.

The new issue of Projections, the journal of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), will attempt to channelize attention to the role of Law in the planning academy. By bringing new perspectives and methods of legal analysis into urban planning scholarship, it will seek to bring Planning and Law in closer conversation with each other, and encourage critical traditions in each to dialogue with each other. Scholars and practitioners of Law, Planning, Geography and other social sciences are invited to submit abstracts of articles proposed for publication in this volume of Projections. The editors of this volume welcome articles containing empirical research as well as essays that delve into theoretical questions on the role of Law in urban planning. The editors are also particularly interested in insights from regions of the world that have been otherwise under-represented in planning scholarship, and modes of legal analysis that contest the Euro-centrism inherent in both Law and Planning.

DUE DATE FOR ABSTRACTS: 30th of October 2014

Authors interested in publishing their articles in this volume are requested to email the student editor an abstract of about 300-600 words. Any further enquiries on the scope of the volume may be directed to Karthik Rao-Cavale (krcavale@mit.edu).

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