Repository, 49 Methods and Assignments for Writing Urban Places

K.M. Havik (Editor), Carlos Machado e Moura (Editor), Dalia Milian Bernal (Editor), Lorin Niculae (Editor), Esteban Restrepo Restrepo (Editor)

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The repository gathers a series of methods and assignments born from a shared interest in urban narratives. What can narratives tell us about how communities relate to place? How can existing stories of place allow us to write new narratives for the city? How can we read the stories that are inscribed in streets, on walls, and in architectural details? How can archives unveil hidden stories of places and buildings, and of their makers and users? How can we write the city by using our senses?
This Repository can be seen as an invitation, encouraging scholars, students, and spatial practitioners to explore 49 methods, and, through clearly laid out assignments, take them out into the field. We want this Repository to be a practical tool, an open document, and a living device. In it, each method is described in a short text and is accompanied by an assignment. The assignments are a central element of this Repository, as they interpret, complete, or continue the methods themselves, but also encourage a constant dialogue between contributors and users, through a series of experiments and practices within the urban space. Each assignment is presented as a clear set of numbered instructions to guide the reader to explore and employ the method.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationRotterdam
PublisherNAi Publishers
Number of pages216
ISBN (Print)9789462087798
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • narrative
  • methods
  • architecture
  • urban places
  • writing urban places
  • urban studies


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