Topics

Following is a suggestive but non-exhaustive list of possible topics, freely grouped under more general titles.

The city as a home - a home in the city

  • How does the city influence the home and vice versa?
  • Urban extensions of dwelling.• Participation, co-creation and collaboration: people’s involvement for urban development.
  • How does urban growth change regions, environments and everyday life?
  • Urban migration, nomadism and homelessness.
  • The ‘poetics’ of a place: how a space ‘feels’, is experienced and expressed?

Public meets private

  • Residential architecture and housing design concepts, typologies and strategies
  • Homes incorporated in non-residential spatial programmes and vice versa.
  • Alternative, extended and hybrid approaches to living in a city.
  • What does living together mean nowadays in terms of private and shared spaces?
  • What are the limits and degrees of privacy in a community today?

Home, city and society

  • How are housing and dwelling, or how have they been, part of policies and politics?
  • Responses to new kinds of demand in housing management and ownership.
  • Relations (of power) between various actors in the urban context?
  • Implications of increasing impermanence of dwelling (e.g. lack of social cohesion);nomadism by choice or not?
  • Specific challenges and responses related to city and home in the Nordic region (this can include lessons learned from elsewhere for the Nordic region).
  • Ageing population and changing demographics as a challenge and an opportunity.

Sustainable and smart?

  • Technology for homes and housing?
  • Smart house and smart city as a home, the pros and cons.
  • How do places and spaces between buildings work, how are they used?
  • Connecting urban environments and nature, taking into account the four seasons.
  • Climate change, sustainability, health and well-being as key challenges.

Home, city and change

  • How users, usage and maintenance change cities and buildings over time?
  • Cities and homes responding to external societal and environmental changes.
  • Adapting to changing needs and occupants.
  • New uses for spaces and places.
  • Learning agile responses to changing conditions and complex planning and design issues.