Call for a Manifesto for the Just City (2021)

  • Rocco de Campos Pereira, R. C. (Chair of programme committee)
  • Newton, C. E. L. (Chair of programme committee)
  • Faranak Miraftab (Organiser)
  • Mona Fawaz (Chair of programme committee)
  • Mariana Fix (Chair of programme committee)
  • Romola Sanyal (Chair of programme committee)

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Description

The workshop "Call for a Manifesto for the Just City" is a digital lecture and debate series composed of four sessions sponsored by TU Delft, IHS Erasmus, the University of Illinois, the Winston-Salem University and other partners, leading to the writing of Manifestos for the Just City by teams of students. 
This activity is open to Bachelor and Master’s students from any university, in any area of studies related to the built environment. For inquiries, please contact Roberto Rocco at r.c.rocco@tudelft.nl 
WORKSHOP PROGRAMME DAY ONE: 4 OCT: “Insurgent Practices of Hope and Care for Humane Urbanism: Why we Need to Keep Imagining the Alternative”19:00 CET (Amsterdam)/ 12:00 CDT (Chicago): Opening: introduction to the event 19:10: Keynote speaker: Professor Faranak Miraftab, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (US)19:40 Q&A19:50 Break20:00 
STUDENT MANIFESTO WORKSHOP: Break-out rooms with students: preparation of statements [100-200-word statements]20:30 Students’ statements20:40 End 
DAY TWO: 11 OCT: URBAN INFORMALITY 19:00 CET (Amsterdam)/ 12:00 CDT (Chicago): Opening: introduction to the event 19:05 Keynote speaker: Mona Fawaz, Professor of Urban Planning, American University of Beirut, Lebanon.19:35 Q&A19:45 Break19:55 STUDENT MANIFESTO WORKSHOP: Break-out rooms with students from participating universities: preparation of statements [100-200-word statements]20:30 Students’ statements20:40 End 
DAY THREE 18 OCT: COMMODIFICATION & FINANCIALISATION of the city19:00 CET (Amsterdam)/ 12:00 CDT (Chicago): Opening: introduction to the event 19:05: Keynote speaker: Professor Mariana Fix, University of São Paulo19:35 Q&A19:45 Break19:55 STUDENT MANIFESTO WORKSHOP: Break-out rooms with students from participating universities: preparation of statements [100-200-word statements]20:30 Students’ statements20:40 End 
DAY FOUR 25 OCT: MIGRATION & DIVERSITY in the city19:00 CET (Amsterdam)/ 12:00 CDT (Chicago): Opening: introduction to the event 19:30 Keynote speaker: Professor Romola Sanyal, London School of Economics. 19:35 Q&A19:45 Break19:55 STUDENT MANIFESTO WORKSHOP: Break-out rooms with students from participating universities: preparation of statements [100-200-word statements]20:30 STUDENT MANIFESTO WORKSHOP: Final statements from students from participating universities + closing remarks20:40 End
DEADLINE FOR MANIFESTOS: 1 DEC 2021MONDAY 
30 JAN 2022 19:00 CET/ 12:00 CDT Launching of the Book “Manifesto for the Just City Volume 2”
Call for Manifestos
COVID-19 initially looked like the “great equaliser”: all of humanity facing exactly the same microscopic enemy. There seemed to be an opportunity for all of us to work together towards the same goal: to heal ourselves, our cities and our relationship with our planet.It seemed almost like a dress rehearsal for the even bigger challenges we must face in the next decades: our planet’s climate emergency, the likely disappearance of much of the planet’s biodiversity after the mass extinction of animals and plants in the last 50 years, the exhaustion of natural resources, growing inequality, as well as the rise of populism and a deepening democratic crisis. Sadly, it soon became apparent that the virus would have a very different impact on different groups of people around the world, depending on their age, location, type of government, social class, access to medical care, job opportunities and even race. We have not come together. Our divisions and the injustices of our cities became even more apparent thanks to the virus. Amid so many problems, we still have reason to be optimistic: we can turn things around and build back better after the storm is over. And the way to heal ourselves and our relationship with our planet is deeply connected to how we will deal with urbanisation. Our cities and communities are the key for healthier people and a healthier planet, but also the key for stronger democracies and more resilient communities. Much work has already been done and the pathway to sustainable and fair cities has been laid out in the Sustainable Development Goals, the New Urban Agenda and the European Green Deal, among other policy frameworks.But we need more and better ideas on how to make our cities truly sustainable, inclusive, and democratic.For this reason, we are launching a call for A MANIFESTO FOR THE JUST CITY For us, the Just City is not only a place that allows all its citizens to live a healthy and accomplished life, but also a city that allows the planet to regenerate itself and fosters civic life and democracy, affording all its citizens the RIGHT TO THE CITY.
In order to collect ideas and discuss ways to teach and learn how to make our cities more just, sustainable and inclusive, we want to hear from students from all over the world. We wish to invite you and your friends to write a manifesto of no more than 1000 words laying out your vision for the just city. The manifesto should be written in groups of between 3 and 5 students from any discipline related to the built environment (spatial planning, urban geography, design, architecture, landscape design, engineering, etc.) The manifesto can be written in any language, as long as a good English translation is provided by the participants. The manifesto can also be illustrated (remember, images and text are complementary). 

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Period4 Oct 202125 Oct 2021
Event typeWorkshop
LocationDelft, Netherlands
Degree of RecognitionInternational

Keywords

  • Just City
  • socio-spatial justice
  • spatial justice
  • urban planning