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Summer School Post-Nuclear Urbanism, 22-31 July 2019 Vissaginas, Lithuania

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Post-Nuclear Urbanism
Summer School on Knowledge Infrastructures in a ‘Post‑Nuclear’ Town
July 22-31, Visaginas, Lithuania 

It is going to be 5th Summer School in integrative urbanism, organised by the EHU Laboratory of Critical Urbanism in a formerly "nuclear" town of Visaginas. This year it is done in cooperation with Brno University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture.

This Summer School develops an analytical and applied perspective on the urban environment as a set of infrastructures to generate, maintain and spread knowledge about the human and natural worlds. It is in this way that the school responds to the ‘infrastructural turn’ in urbanism, by investigating the development of the digital layer in addition to already existing materialities of public and private lives in cities. This new factor of the digital layer has provoked an important broad reflection regarding how cities’ hardware is negotiated economically and socially among its developers and users on how its implementation is dependent on political cultures, and on how technological innovations encounter institutional traditions.

Seeing this development through the perspective of knowledge infrastructures (Edwards 2010) poses a big question about how user-centered modes to digitally obtain and generate information – from not moderated access to educational archives and individualized news feeds to self-tracking applications and the graded profiles of an increasingly unbundled workforce – can be married with built environments established for the centralized mass spread of information and a stabilized, controlled worldview.

For whom?
The school is open for early career stage practitioners; for advanced BA and MA, as well as for PhD students of architecture, urban design, urban sociology, science and technology studies, geography, history, cultural studies, art and multimedia. Prospective participant is basically anyone who is interested to work in a multidisciplinary team in order to re-explore and re-invent the topics of city, technology and knowledge infrastructures with a critical attitude. 

Find here all details visaginas-workshop.org. Deadline is 21 June 2019.