Call For Papers

Over the past twenty years, more and more European cities develop and implement policies of city times with a dual goal:

  • Design a planning “time” that organizes the flow of mobility;
  • And coordinate access to services schedules.

Beyond the functional aspect (better accessibility and organization of public services), the times of the city include other dimensions, much more complex, linking the individual to society and territory.

The call for papers “City Temporalities” is interested in the polysemic notion of temporality and it asks pluralistic and multidisciplinary approaches to the sense that this concept takes in the urban space. Temporality of the city is not only the result of a historical sedimentation, but relates not only to the fabric of the city: its design and production, but also to its urban practices: the city (re)imagined, designed, built, lived, used … by its various stakeholders.

The actors of the city maintain a dual relation to time:

• Pragmatic, in the sense that every space, every shape, every material … must express a particular temporality, i.e. temporality of the architectural project itself. In addition, there are also the user movements, the flow of people, goods and information, et al. What characterizes the temporality in the city yesterday and today? How the temporal dimension is taken into account in urban and spatial analysis? How is it integrated in the design of an urban development project? What digital or non-digital tools can integrate or measure this notion?
• Conceptual: temporality is also a very abstract concept that refers to multiple questions on meaningful relationships that actors establish with lived spaces, ie synchronic and / or diachronic relationships with the site, with its history, with its heritage, etc. How to define meaningful relationships to urban time? How to objectify practices from a spatio-temporal point of view?

HyperUrbain.5 solicits contributions about synchronised or distinguished city times. Different fields (non-exhaustive list) can be exploited:

  • Times / temporality of the city
  • Diachronic evolution of cities
  • Temporality of urban projects
  • Temporality of urban forms
  • Temporal Semiotics of the city
  • Temporal mediation and identity of the city
  • Uses and practices temporality / adaptability
  • Hybrid Temporality
  • A-temporality
  • Strategic Approach to Urban temporality

* February 28, 2015: Submission of proposals (long abstracts) for papers
* March 9, 2015: Notification of acceptance by email
* April 15, 2015: Submission of final text
* 28 – 29 May 2015: Symposium