Architecture and Mental Health Conference, London – 19 May 2017

An interdisciplinary conference for architects, developers, clinicians and artists, showcasing design innovation in mental health care – produced by East London NHS Foundation Trust @ELFTArts in collaboration with Architects for Health and The Royal College of Psychiatrists Arts Special Interest Group.

The Wash House
25 Old Castle Street
London E1 7NT

Cost: £50-75


Morning Session Chair: Professor Stefan Priebe FRCPsych, Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry, WHO Collaborating Centre for Mental Health Services Development, Queen Mary University of London


10.00 – 10.30 Welcome: Dr Navina Evans CEO, Professor Frank Rohricht Associate Medical Director for Research & Innovation and Stephen Sandford Arts Therapies Lead

10.30 – 11.10 Analysis of therapeutic spaces for clients with severe conditions

Dr Evangelia Chrysikou, Registered Architect (ARB), Medical Planner, Marie Curie Fellow University College London

11.10 – 11.30 TEA/COFFEE BREAK

11.30 – 12.10 How Things shape the mind: A theory of material engagement

Dr Lambros Malafouris, Research and Teaching Fellow in Creativity, Cognition and Material Culture, Oxford University

12.10 – 12.50 Thinkbuild architecture – the Soteria Project, Berlin

Jason Danziger, Architect BDA and Dr Martin Voss, Consultant Psychiatrist

12.50 – 13.10 Panel Q&A

13.10 – 14.00 LUNCH (Provided)

Afternoon Session Chair: Marie Gabriel, Chair – East London NHS Foundation Trust Chair

14.00 – 14.10 Dr Thana Balamurali and Dr Peter MacRae Consultant Psychiatrists

RCPsych Arts Special Interest Group

14.10 – 14.40 How to design mental health facilities to encourage interaction between patients, staff and visitors?

Dr Nikolina Jovanovic, Psychiatrist & Architect, Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry, WHO Collaborating Centre for Mental Health Services Development, Queen Mary University of London

14.40 – 15.10 Architects for Health

15.10 – 15.30 TEA/COFFEE BREAK

15.30 – 16.15 Innovative Ideas Forum

Vitamin Green – Exploring the role of nature to improve health care

Bethany Summers, Co-Director and Green Care Project Manager, Women’s Environmental Network

The Vacuumcleaner – MadLove Asylum

16.15 – 16.30 Q&A



DOING ARCHITECTURAL RESEARCH socio-political perspectives on theories, methodologies & praxis

26 JUNE 2017  Department of Architecture | University of Cambridge

This one day workshop that will explore and question what constitutes
architectural research, specifically research from socio-political perspectives.
We are particularly interested in how we, as researchers concerned with
architecture, overlap with and diverge from disciplines such as planning,
sociology, geography and anthropology, on questions of ethics, methods,
theories and praxis. The workshop is designed as a forum in which everyone
has an opportunity to speak, share their experiences and connect with others
conducting research with an architectural grounding.


Prof Wendy Pullan, Head of Department of Architecture and Director of Centre for Urban Conflicts Research, University of Cambridge

Dr Suzanne Hall, Director of LSE Cities Programme, Assistant Professor in Sociology, London School of Economics

Dr Ben Campkin, Director of the UCL Urban Laboratory and Senior Lecturer in Architectural History and Theory at the Bartlett School of Architecture


For more details and to submit an expression of interest, visit:

Hanna Baumann
PhD Candidate | Department of Architecture | University of Cambridge
385 King’s College, Cambridge CB21ST, UK

CfP LEEDS RC21, 11-13 Sep 2017: Towards a Global Urban Geopolitics. Bringing Geopolitics into the Mainstream of Comparative Urban Studies

Towards a Global Urban Geopolitics. Bringing Geopolitics into the Mainstream of Comparative Urban Studies
The session’s underling argument is that we need to re-think the contested and conflictive practices of the material and immaterial “planning/politics nexus” from a comparative perspective. In other words, on the surface different cities share and are developing growing similarities stemming from ethnic, racial and class conflicts revolving around issues of housing, infrastructure, participation and identity, amongst others (Rokem 2016). Our argument is founded on a joint critical reading of the growing literature on urban planning and politics from different urban settings with the aim of learning through elsewhere, rather than seeking out similarities (Robinson 2016) as part of a general call to bring geopolitics into the mainstream of comparative urban studies (Rokem and Boano forthcoming 2017).

The session main objective is to bring together a selected group of international scholars engaging with comparative urbangeopolitics. We are interested to explore the relational and contrastive value of comparisons across ‘Northern’ and ‘Southern’ contexts and especially cities from ‘South-Eastern’ non-conventional regions normally excluded from academic debates moving beyond the ‘North-Western’ theory producing usual suspects. In doing so, this session seeks to argue that it is timely to start learning from, and compare across different urban geopolitical contexts to promote urban spatial and social justice. Offering instead multiple access points, from which to explore the ever-expanding range of conflicts, contestations and cultural formations shaping our global urban future.

We invite papers that discuss and address (although not limited to) the following broad topics:

The role of urban geopolitics in different cities and neighbourhoods from a comparative perspective.
Comparing how urban conflicts and divisions shape spatial and social justice for urban residents.
Comparing planning and its (lack of) promotion of spatial and social justice under extreme urban geopolitical conditions.
The shifting roles of the neoliberal economy, ethnicity and race in shaping the futures of different contested cities.
Learning from comparing urban geopolitics across ‘Northern’ and ‘Southern’ cities.
Comparing urban geopolitics in cities from ‘South-Eastern’ non-conventional regions normally excluded from academic debates.

Organisers and their contact details:

Dr. Jonathan Rokem, University College London:

Dr. Camillo Boano, University College London:

References cited

Robinson, J. (2016) Thinking cities through elsewhere: Comparative tactics for a more global urban studies, Progress in Human Geography, Vol. 40 (1): 3-29

Rokem, J. and Boano, C. Eds. (In Press: forthcoming Summer 2017). Urban Geopolitics: Rethinking Planning in Contested Cities, Routledge.

Rokem, J. (2016) Learning from Jerusalem: Rethinking Urban Conflicts in the 21st Century, CITY, 20:3, 407-411.

Dr. Jonathan Rokem (Rock) FRGS
Marie Curie Research Fellow

The Bartlett School of Architecture
University College London
Contested Urbanism Project Website

e: / m: +44 (0)7435777399 / t: @contested_urban / UCL Iris Profile /

Secretary, Political Geography Research Group
Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)

Recent Publications:
Rokem, J. and Allegra, M. (2016) Planning in Turbulent Times: Exploring Planners’ Agency in Jerusalem,
International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, DOI: 10.1111/1468-2427.12379

Rokem, J. (2016) Learning from Jerusalem: Rethinking Urban Conflicts in the 21st Century,
CITY, 20:3, 407-411.

Rokem, J. (2016) Beyond incommensurability: Jerusalem and Stockholm from an Ordinary Cities Perspective,
CITY, 20:3, 472-482.

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


Image. Front Doors. Paul McIlroy

Dates: 22-23 June 2017

Place: University of Derby

Organisers: AMPS | University of Derby

Keynote Speakers:

Richard Blyth, RTPI. Head of Policy and Practice. Royal Town Planning Institute

Hendrik W van der Kamp, ECTP-CEU. Vice President. European Council of Spatial Planners – Conseil européen des urbanistes


The complexity of our cities is well documented. The economies they are based on are multiple. Some are growing exponentially, others are shrinking. Some pride themselves on architectural heritage, others are seeking to build and rebrand. Some are old, some are new. Inevitably their urban fabrics vary. The communities that live in these places reflect these conditions. Some are are long-standing, others are new and in-formation. Sometimes they are active, on occasion homogenous. More generally they are diverse. These communities need, and want, a say in their futures. Some are well connect and affluent, others suffer deprivation and social exclusion. A constant in the mist of this complexity is their need to be housed – whether by themselves, the market, or governments.

This conference seeks to explore how the three issues of city development, sense of community and housing need, all combine to make lives in our cities livable – or not. How will our urban environments change in the near future? Are the cities we live in now likely to contract or expand? How will these changes impact on communities and the way they are housed? Will new technologies facilitate community engagement with planning? Will resident voices be heard by planners? Will unaffordable housing turn some cities into enclaves of the wealthy, or will the private sector and personal preference gate our communities?

Themes: Cities, Communities, Housing:

hosuing is a human right1Taking on these three fundamental and interwoven issues, this conference seeks to explore and document the way in which our thinking about living in cities cannot be isolated into categories. The urban plans we develop reflect larger socio-political forces which determine the houses we build and urban services we offer. In turn, a city’s public services promote inclusivity or exclusion. The housing we build determine the growth, survival or evolution of the communities we form. All contribute to the livability of our urban environments.

Contributing to the broader research areas of the organisation initiating the conference, Architecture, Media, Politics, Society (AMPS) and the concerns of academics at the University of Derby, this event is interdisciplinary by default. Its city emphasis seeks the perspectives offered by urban designers, planners, economists and policy makers. Its community alignment calls for the expertise of sociologists, community activists and residents. Its housing focus needs the expertise of architects, housing professionals and builders.

The conference encourages debate and exchange between disciplines, and will promote and publish multiple voices. It seeks to better understand the relationships between cities, communities and homes.

Cities, Communities, Homes : Full Description Here

Key Dates:

01 March 2017: Abstract Submissions (extended on request to 15 March)

01 April 2017: Abstract Feedback

01 June 2017: Registration closes

22 – 23 June 2017: Conference

01 July 2017: Full Paper Submissions (where applicable)

01 November 2017: Feedback for publication

01 December 2017: Publication of Full papers begins


The conference welcomes case studies; design proposals, research projects, investigative papers and theoretical considerations in various formats:

Conference Presentations (20 minutes)

Written Papers (3,000 words) *

Alternative Proposals Pecha Kucha; short films; photo essays etc.

In-person and virtual presentations (via Skype, etc.) are welcome.

Delegates are given the option to present their work at conference either with or without an accompanying full written paper.

* 3,000 word papers will be published online in the AMPS conference proceedings series, ISSN 2398-9467. Subject to review, selected authors will be invited to develop longer versions of their papers for inclusion in either:

1. A Special Issues of the Architecture_MPS journal.

2. The AMPS / UCL Press book series Housing-Critical Futures.

3. The AMPS / Libri Publishing book series Housing the Future.

All abstracts and papers are fully double blind peer reviewed.

Forms and Registration:

Delegate Fee: £200 | Audience Fee: £90

Download Submission Form: Submission Form_Abstract UoD

Correctly formatted and named example: Charlie_Smith_Yet another apartment block_Abstract UoD

Please send this fully completed document to | The document must be in Microsoft Word. | Subject line for emails: Abstract Submission UoD | File name for attachment: Name_Surname_Summary Title_UoD | Example file name: Charlie_Smith_Yet Another Apartment Block_UoD

See other related CONFERENCES

For more details:

This event is organised by the interdisciplinary research organisation AMPS (Architecture, Media, Politics, Society); its academic journal Architecture_MPS; and the University of Derby.

People: Dr. Graham Cairns, AMPS; Rachel-isaac-Menard, Architecture_MPS; Eleni Tracada, UoD. The event forms part of the AMPS program of events, Housing – Critical Futures.

For more details. Visit:


ARTIST IN RESIDENCE Program: Space and Place

Call for Applications

The Institute for Advanced Study at CEU (IAS CEU) invites applications for its Artist in Residence Program for the academic year 2017/2018 under the theme of “Space and Place”.

Application deadline: March 17, 2017 (midnight Central European Time).
If you are not sure what time it is in Budapest at any given moment, please go to the World Clock website and check: Applications and enquiries should be sent to Successful candidates will be informed by the end of April 2017.

For more information on the Institute for Advanced Study at CEU, please visit our website:

Conference 2017: “Rethinking Global Urban Justice”

RC21 CONFERENCE 2017 “Rethinking Urban Global Justice”
University of Leeds, 11-13th September
RC21 CONFERENCE 2017 “Rethinking Urban Global Justice”
University of Leeds, 11-13th September
For more information: Conference Website
We live in an increasingly urban, globalised and unequal world facing multiple crises: from financial and political to infrastructural and ecological. In this context, cities have become both the locus of economic growth and development, and the principle site of social conflict and political contestation over spatial inequalities, belonging, environment and sustainability. Yet many of the forms these dynamics and contestations take are captured only partially or inadequately in both conventional mainstream and radical urban theory. Drawing on past RC21 conference themes, we want to call attention on ‘global urban justice’ as a term to focus our scholarship and research impact on society.
In particular we welcome sessions that will challenge and advance our knowledge and practice around the three mutually connected concepts of Global | Urban | Justice. We suggest the following sub-themes and questions:
GLOBAL: Our world is at the same time global and also rooted in particular places. Migration and refugee flows, global terrorism, climate change, financial capital, social media are all stretched out and expanding as well locked-in particular spatial arrangements mediated through uneven power geometries. How can urban studies capture the multiplicity and simultaneity of global and territorially embedded processes? Which theoretical progress may expand the learning on global urban developments and further de-colonise knowledge production? What methodological advances are best suited for this theoretical endeavour?
URBAN: The urban condition is not contained in cities; it overspills into rural or cybernetic spaces, and it is increasingly mediated through physical and virtual infrastructures. Urban studies have the advantage of bringing together a multitude of disciplines, but how can different theoretical corpus and methodological traditions effectively communicate with each other, thus providing a better understanding for urban studies? Which are the key challenges of the contemporary urban condition and how do they advance paradigmatic transdisciplinary shifts?
JUSTICE: A multitude of calls for justice are being orchestrated by movements and grassroots groups from cities: against displacement and eviction, racism, police violence, climate change and lack of urban democracy. At the same time people are coming up with their solutions from Rojava’s experimental democracy, grassroots solidarity for refugees and migrants, self-built and cooperative housing, reclamation and self-management of food, water, energy and land in cities. How can urban scholarship engage with these struggles in a novel way and co-produce emancipator knowledge in and beyond the academy? Which new insights can we gain from the multiplicity of social struggles taking place around the Globe? What is the role of the state in creating and/or solving these injustices and how can urban scholars engage in policy making?
Send you session proposal to by the 15th of December
Proposals for sessions will then be selected by the local organising team in collaboration with the RC21 and after that there will be a call for abstracts for the selected sessions
Types of sessions
We welcome a variety of types of sessions: from the more traditional format with around four papers in a two hour session to dynamic workshops, roundtables and sessions with audio-visual material. When you send your sessions proposal indicate clearly what type of session you are planning indicating its length and format.
Responsibilities for session convenors
Session convenors are responsible for one or more slots (the total number of slots will depend on the number of abstracts submitted at a later stage). Convenors will participate in the process of abstract selection for their sessions and the exact process for this will be discussed with the local organising team. Convenors chair their respective session(s). Convenors should not submit abstracts to their own sessions.
What a session proposal looks like
• A session title
• A 300 word short description of the topic, including a description of the format, type and expected length of the session. The content of the session should reflect links to the conference theme.
• Full contact details of the session convenor(s) (with a maximum of two convenors per session): Name, affiliation, postal address, phone number and email.
Important Deadlines
31th of December 2016– deadline for session proposals
10th January 2017– notification of selected sessions
11th January 2017- Call for papers open
28th February 2017- Deadline for abstract submission [we tend not to extend deadlines]
30th March 2017– Notification of selected abstracts
1st April 2017– Registration opens
31st May 2017- Deadline for early bid registration
30th June 2017- Deadline for extended abstract submission
31st July 2017 – papers online and conference programme
About Leeds
Scholars at Leeds University are at the forefront of rethinking these core and emerging urban studies themes, developing counter-disciplinary thinking across a porous range of topics extending beyond traditional boundaries and working beyond the academy. These qualities are being now put together into an innovative forthcoming MSc programme on Future Cities that speaks to the heart of RC21’s mission. Bringing this potential together, the conference is organised by scholars at the Geography, Sociology and Social Policy departments supported by a new University of Leeds cross-faculty initiative “CITIES”, (with substantial presence in engineering and economics faculties) and the Leeds Social Science Institute.
The quintessentially Northern post-industrial city region of Leeds provides a compelling “critical space” for reimagining urban justice within these themes, in a call for work that goes beyond description of urban problems to look at innovative initiatives from social movements, grassroots activists and public/private policy institutions and organisations alike. Its paradigmatic local histories of social decline, unrest, opposition and violence, need contrasting with its recent rebranding as a “powerhouse” with which a distant government seeks to redefine and reinsert the city in global flows.
Core local organising committee at the University of Leeds
Adrian Favell, School of Sociology and Social Policy
Sara Gonzalez, School of Geography
Michael Janoschka, School of Geography
Alex Schafran, School of Geography
Andrew Wallace, School of Sociology and Social Policy
For any communication regarding this conference please use
Research Committee 21 on Sociology of Urban and Regional Development of the International Sociological Association was established in 1970 to promote theory and research in the sociology of urban and regional development, and – in so doing – create an international community of scholars who will advance the field.
RC21 is part of the International Sociological Association (ISA).