Community and City: Perspectives and Approaches in Urban Community Studies

Friday, 20 July 2018: 08:30-10:20
RC03 Community Research (host committee)

Language: English

Contemporary postmodern cities have witnessed the emergence of diverse urban communities that go far beyond either the traditional neighbourhood or even spatially liberated personal community. New urban phenomena include pop-up cities, guerrilla urbanism, bottom-up practices of community leisure, new urban movements, and “local” identities of modern nomads.  These phenomena have yet to be explained. 

Existing community-based approaches to urban policy (e.g. New Urbanism, programs for neighbourhood regeneration, urban revitalization, and creative place-making) may not be able to address the fact that these new urban phenomena emerge in postmodern cities and communities that are both fluid and mobile.  If community is no longer static and stable with permanent bonds then the current approach to urban policy and spatial planning may no longer be effective.

The nature of contemporary urban communities, as well as processes of their creation and reproduction require investigation.

This session welcomes papers that explore these processes and address the problem of community as well as community-based urban policies in contemporary cities. Both theoretical and empirical contributions are welcome.

Session Organizers:
Marta KLEKOTKO, Jagiellonian University, Poland, Cary WU, University of British Columbia, Canada, Rima WILKES, University of British Columbia, Canada and Zachary HYDE, University of British Columbia, Canada
Oral Presentations
The Neighbourhood in an Increasingly Mobile World
Ngai Ming YIP, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong; Ray FORREST, Lingnam University, Hong Kong
From Ephemeral Garden to Green Facility, Community Embedding of Empty Spaces
Renato MARIN LOPEZ, University of Barcelona - CRIT, Spain
Urban Kibbutz: A Framework for Social Sustainability in Rapidly Urbanizing Countries?
Emily SILVERMAN, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel; Yael SHMARYAHU-YESHURUN, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, Israel
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