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Rethinking the Limits to Community, Architecture, and Urbanism
Density and sparsity, height and depth, hot and cold, centre and periphery, wet and dry, war and conflict: People the world over have adapted their living practices, architectures, and landscapes to extreme conditions. In our globalised era, local conceptions of the ideal dwelling, city, and community are increasingly exposed to alternative understandings. How do the house in the country and the flat in the skyscraper, the remote mountain village and the hyper-
This interdisciplinary conference probes the limits to community, architecture, and urbanism from the perspectives of urban studies, geography, design, architecture, anthropology, sociology, and other fields and disciplines.
How to make a presentation.
Presentations are welcome on all aspects of life in extreme conditions. Presentations last 15 minutes and will be followed by around 5 minutes’ question time. The deadline for abstracts is 31 May 2017. You can submit your abstract here. The final deadline for registration is 31 July, but it is possible that the cofnerence will ‘sell out’ before then, so if you wish to attend, please register as early as possible.
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About Longyearbyen, Svalbard.
Longyearbyen (population 2200) is the world’s northernmost town, the main settlement in Norway’s vast, icy Svalbard archipelago. The polar night, when the sun never breaches the horizon, lasts from late October until mid-
Although Longyearbyen is iconically remote, the town is highly cosmopolitan, hosting citizens of over 40 nations and an economy based on tourism and mining.
About the conference.
Delegates will arrive in Longyearbyen on 21 January. On 22 and 25 January, delegates will take tours out into Svalbard’s spectacular arctic landscape: 1) a visit to an old coal mine OR a trip to an ice cave and 2) a trip out into the polar night by dog sled. Conference presentations by delegates will be held on 23-