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Cities set the rules of the contemporary world, but are also prone to interventions breaking them. While rule-breaking is considered a reaction to a past or present, the P+R seeks to discuss it as a future-directed action and potentially moral imperative in urban settings.
Cities are central foci of power, hubs of creativity and innovation, and spaces of citizen participation. They set the rules of the contemporary world, but they are also prone to interventions breaking them. While rule-breaking is generally considered a reaction to a past or a present, the P+R seeks to discuss it as a future-directed action. Moreover, invoking a future may become a moral issue that empowers people to act for the greater good.
The panel focuses on practices of individual and collective urban life in which legal, unwritten, conventional, embodied, spatial, historical, or other rules are broken, contested, extended, or enacted in the name of the urban future. As the future is always elusive, contested, and multiple, questions arise on who acts, who speaks about which future, who breaks which laws and in whose name, and whose futures are at stake.
Specific topics include:
- urgencies that motivate people to act for the sake of the urban future;
- urban futures contesting the rules of mainstream politics, economy, lifestyles;
- imagination of the urban futures expressed at the demonstrations, civic participation, social experiments, art interventions;
- rules reproduced in practices enacting a better future;
- heritagization challenging dominant visions of urban future;
- breaking the rules of everyday habits contributing to a better collective future;
- and, finally, the impact of COVID-19 on urban futures.
The panel will end with the roundtable involving discussants and panel participants in a debate on how to research urban futures.
Katja Hrobat Virloget (University of Primorska)
Elena Miltiadis (Durham University)