Performative Urbanism - Lab for Spatial, Social, and Scenographic Experimentation

Samson, K. (Visiting researcher)

Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution


What does it mean to say that urbanism is performative? What should be included in the evolving discourse of performative urbanism, which is also to ask what ‘matters’ for an understanding of performative urbanism? What critical framework can the ‘performative’ bring to urbanism and the spatial politics and narratives of urban change? This Concordia University Research Chair in Performative Urbanism is focused on critical urban practices and artistic responses that are redressing and engaging with the spatial politics of urban change, including widespread urban inequalities around gender, race, class, sexuality, and ability in the built environment. At PULSE we focus on performative urbanism as a lens for understanding wider performance-making practices and performance design ecologies as vital to the formation and democratization of the built environment, public and urban participatory events, as well as the performance of urbanity and urban meaning.

This research program is led by Dr Shauna Janssen, Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre, and Director of Concordia’s Institute for Urban Futures.
Period1 Nov 201927 Dec 2019
VisitingPerformative Urbanism - Lab for Spatial, Social, and Scenographic Experimentation
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Performance Design
  • Critical Spatial Practices
  • the urban
  • urban studies
  • research creation
  • the right to the city