Performative Urbanism

  • Samson, K. (Organizer)
  • Christina Louise Zaff Juhlin (Organizer)

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course


In the past decades, we have witnessed a tendency for art and performance practices to move out of cultural institutions and venture
into the city's spaces and everyday arenas. Likewise, urban planning and design increasingly welcome artistic and cultural approaches.
In covering these hybrid urban practices, such notions as ‘urban design’, ’art in public’ or site-specific performance or ‘event design’ are no longer sufficient in understanding the spatial performativity and agency in contemporary urban aesthetic practices.
Performative urbanism emerged in 2013 as a transdisciplinary course at Roskilde University. However, performative urbanism is a recurring practice and academic approach in for instance Brazil, Germany, Canada and Chile.
In the seminar we will approach Performative Urbanism as a flexible, transdisciplinary field of study and a practice that might help us frame a multitude of performative spatial approaches. The seminar suggests, that various performative urbanisms share an interest in the urban as a force-field of passions, a venue for transformative encounters, and as places for negotiating conflicts and spatial justice. Performative Urbanism deals with the plethora of performative practices in the urban environment.
Period16 Feb 2018
Event typeSeminar
LocationCopenhagen, DenmarkShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Performative Urbanism
  • Urban Planning
  • Urban Design
  • Urbanism
  • Art in public
  • Cultural planning
  • emergent city
  • cultural heritage
  • spatial justice
  • the right to the city
  • transdisciplinarity
  • arts based research
  • arts-based learning