UK Conference: Is the Urban Future Livable?

Type: Conference
Date: June 23, 2017
Location: United Kingdom
Subject Fields: Architecture and Architectural History, Geography, Environmental History / Studies, Urban Design and Planning, Urban History / Studies

The location of this conference is the city of Derby in the centre of England. The complexities of the host city of Derby reflect those of the conference themes, and many other cities. The key question is livabilty. How do we design and build cities, communities and homes to make the urban future livable?

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

Place: Derby.
Dates: 22 – 23 June 2017
Abstracts: 01st March 2017


This conference explores how the three issues of city development, sense of community and housing need, all combine to make lives in our cities livable – or not. This urban focus is linked to questions of community and housing through contributions from participatory designers, sociologists, housing professionals and house designers operating at scale.

From the design side delegates will present design models for new urban environments; proposals for strategic modifications to existing city infrastructures; critiques of planning policy at local, national and sub-regional levels; and case studies of new towns from across the world.

From the sociological and geography sectors delegates will discuss issues of societal sustainability; demographic changes to regions and communities; participatory policies and planning; the right to the city and much more.

Reflecting these three strands, the conference is an ideal opportunity for planners and urban designers to critique their own work in the context of analysis offered by colleagues from geography and sociology. It also offers excellent opportunities to exchange ideas with colleagues from our own field. In each case, the aim is to share ideas on how to make our cities livable in the 21st Century.


This specific event is organised with the University of Derby.

The series is organised by a collection of UK publishers and universities including: The University of Derby, The University of the West of England, London South Bank University Liverpool and John Moores University, UCL Press and Libri Publishing. It is coordinated by the UK non-profit research organisation AMPS as part of its engagement with the UN Habitat University Initiative.

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Graham Cairns
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