Active Urbanism

The 22nd International Network for Urban Research and Action (INURA) meeting takes place in Tallinn  in 17th – 24th June 2012 (17th – 20th June conference part, 21st – 24th June Retreat part). It is open to people all around the world who are dealing with urban issues through research and/or activism. The conference is located in Tallinn, Estonia, a post-socialist country, but with history and culture close to northern countries. This event is an opportunity for people struggling with similar issues – to share experience and learn new approaches.

The theme of the conference is Active Urbanism.

Cities throughout the world have been characterised by various forms of urban activism. This well-known established phenomenon is being reshaped by novel practices in the recent time. Some of the novel practices might be driven by fun and enjoyment where the wider political and social implications are not explicit. Tallinn as a city in the urban global network has not been excluded from these developments. During the last two decades various interest groups have emerged around diverse issues. This raises questions how the Tallinn case can be compared to developments in other cities. This and other concerns of urban activism will be discussed in the INURA conference.

We therefore invite participants of the conference to exchange experiences and theories about urban activism and see if the outcomes form a new “Active Urbanism”.

The conference will tackle these complex questions through keynote speeches, panel discussions and urban fieldtrips. Also, a wide variety of different urban activists from Northern and Eastern Europe are expected to the event, helping the exchange of experience and good practices.

INURAINURA is a network of people involved in action and research in localities and cities. The Network consists of activists and researchers from community and environmental groups, universities, and local administrations, who wish to share experiences and to participate in common research. Examples of the issues that Network members are involved in include: major urban renewal projects, the urban periphery, community-led environmental schemes, urban traffic and transport, inner city labour markets, do-it-yourself culture, and social housing provision. In each case, the research is closely tied to, and is a product of, local action and initiative.

The local organizer of the conference is Linnalabor.

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The organisation of the conference is supported by Eesti Kultuurkapital, Goethe-Institut Estland. Conference rooms and a lot of practical support is provided by Tallinn University.