Repurposing Places for Social and Environmental Resilience
International Conference 2023
23-24 March 2023
Repurposing Places for social and environmental resilience
Whilst the 20th century was mostly about starchitects, 21st century is about synergies and the relevant complex dynamics that these allow to grow. This shift happens in parallel to others; reusing, retrofitting, and giving a new life to the existing places, buildings and neighbourhoods, in an environmentally and socially resilient manner, developing ways for the existing communities to grow in a symbiotic relationship with new ones, designing processes of circular economy and upcycling, which allow people to collaborate and find viable solutions. Participation in architecture is a notion that continuously evolves, even more so in recent years. Knowledge and innovation that contributes to social justice and responsible design practices, emerges from complex networks and agile cross-disciplinary collaborations.
In this context, this conference examines the relationship between social and environmental resilience, by looking into designed projects, cross-disciplinary research and investigations, participatory and collaborative design methods. It welcomes architects, designers, artists, planners, urbanists, engineers, academics, educators, as well as researchers and practitioners of other relevant disciplines, who have addressed some of the above themes through their work. Projects on adaptation and retrofitting of places in an environmentally and socially responsible way, as well as participatory projects, are particularly welcome. It also welcomes presentations of ongoing projects and collaborations, which will drive the relevant conversations forward.
It is often argued that: environmental resilience = social resilience. Indeed, there is an inextricable link between environmental (spatial) resilience and social resilience and the former leads to, or effects, the latter. However, in the context of this conference, we do not consider this as a simple one-way equation, and we aim to investigate further the complex relationship between the two.
Topic 1: Designed and built projects that address the conference theme.
Topic 2: Critical analysis of case studies and places in relation to the conference theme.
Topic 3: New approaches to participation and mapping, in the context of architecture, arts, urbanism, social sciences.
Topic 4: Educational briefs and student projects that address the conference theme.
Venue: Arup, 8 Fitzroy St, London W1T 4BJ , UK
Prof Doina Petrescu
Dr Anastasia Karandinou (UEL) and Prof Florence Lam (Arup)
Prof Hassan Abdalla
Prof Richard Coyne
Prof Gail Findlay
Prof David Tann
Dr Julie Wall
Dr Deborah Benros
Dr Christian Groothuizen
Dr Debra Shaw
Prof Ela Aral
Dr Aghlab Al-Attili
Dr Angelique Edmonds
Prof Heba Elsharkawy
Prof Ozlem Erkarslan
Prof Luisa Maria Gutierrez
Dr Arman Hashemi
Assoc Prof Roland Karthaus
Prof Fabiano Lemes de Oliveira
Prof Anastasios Maragiannis
Dr Kat Martindale
Prof Anna Mavrogianni
Dr Antigoni Memou
Prof Rosa Mendoza-Robles
Prof Christine Schwaiger
Dr Sally Shahzad
Dr Renee Tobe
Abstract Submission Deadline: 5th September 2022 >> Extended to 30th September 2022.
Notification of acceptance: 3rd October 2022 >> Extended for abstracts submitted by the updated deadline: 28th Oct. 2022
Early-bird registration deadline: 17th October 2022
Standard registration deadline: 5th December 2022
Conference: 23-24 March 2023
Deadline for short articles (1000 words): 3 April 2023
In-person: We strongly encourage colleagues to take part in person, as the main aim of this event is to exchange knowledge and develop potential collaborations through this real-life event.
Online: You can submit your presentation as 10-minute video file, which will be uploaded online.
How to submit your pre-recorded video LINK
Note: You need to apply for one of the two presentation modes when you submit your abstract and this cannot change.
Certificate of attendance:
Certificate of attendance can be provided upon request in the form of a digital PDF file.
Proceedings: Proceedings including all short articles (1000 words each) will be published after the conference as a digital book.
How to submit your short article (1000 words) LINK
Book/Academic Journal: Authors will be then invited to submit a longer paper for peer-review for an edited book or academic journal publication.
Please note, although all short articles will be included in the Proceedings, only selected ones will be included in the later book/journal publication.
Early-bird delegate conference fee (authors): £400
Standard delegate conference fee (authors): £460
Attendance-only conference fee: £80
Additional author attending in person fee: £80
The conference is co-organised by Counterarchitecture, the University of East London and Arup. It is also supported by the University of Edinburgh.
The conference is now fully booked. We are sorry there are no more tickets available for neither members of the audience or additional participants. For any questions, please contact the organisers.
Photography on site: Please note that a number of our colleagues may be photographing our event, and if you attend in person you might appear on some of the photos. The photos may be uploaded on our website and other platforms and media. If you've got any concerns, please contact the conference organisers.
Each delegate presentation is 10 minutes long.
You can attend the conference LIVE presentations online via the following links:
23rd March – Keynote lectures and parallel sessions in room A
23rd March – Parallel sessions in room B
24th March – Keynote lectures and parallel sessions in room A
24th March – Parallel sessions in room B
You can watch the virtual pre-recorded presentations here
(all copyright rights and responsibilities stay with the authors, whose names appear next to each presentation)
banner image: created by the UEL MA Interior Design student Rushil Gaba, 2021