X-Larch V “Park Politics” International Conference

3 days University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna

The Institute of Landscape Architecture at BOKU Wien and Architekturzentrum Wien invite participants to the X-Larch V “Park Politics” International Conference, 7–9 June 2018 in Vienna, Austria.

The Institute of Landscape Architecture at BOKU Wien and Architekturzentrum Wien invite participants to the X-Larch V “Park Politics” International Conference, 7–9 June 2018 in Vienna, Austria.

The X-Larch V “Park Politics” Conference will bring together internationally renowned speakers and contributors from the realms of research and practice for three days of discussions and an exchange of ideas.

X-Larch V is intended for scholars with a background in planning and design, geography, urban studies, political sciences, sociology and related fields as well as at policy makers, planners and designers, politicians and community advocates.

Conference Venue

The City of Vienna offers an ideal location in which to explore the politics of the design, management and use of public open space in an international and interdisciplinary setting. The city’s rich history of social housing and social green, “gentle” urban renewal and current cooperative urban development strategies focused on public open spaces are a manifestation of changing planning ideals and a new understanding of the public as a community.

The conference will start with an afternoon of lectures at the Architekturzentrum Wien, housed in the famous Museumsquartier in the city centre.

Sessions will take place at BOKU, the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, located on the outskirts of the city surrounded by parks.

Conference Theme

Politics is dead! Long live politics!

In an era of post-politics, economics has become a guiding rationale for the production of urban space. This has been discussed widely and subjected to critical analysis, not least because of its effects on the design, management and use of public open spaces. Yet, at the same time, there is an increasing politicisation of public open spaces. This can be observed in movements to reclaim public spaces and their democratic use, as well as in social protest and contestation in general political debates in which urban public spaces have become central. In parallel, design and planning theory are stimulated by the growing recognition amongst professionals and scholars that planning and design ideals are not neutral but are, in fact, political and mirror the dynamic histories of planning approaches, design concepts and, as a result, world views.

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