Urban Events - Three Ecologies and social Innovation

Samson, K. (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationLecture and oral contribution


In recent years, the notion of events and event cities have been applied in urban studies and urban planning theory. The notion of events has been applied both as a critique towards cultural led urban planning (Smith, Krivy, Swingedouw) and creative urban activism (Mayer, Harvey) and as an analytical framework to capture the bodily, material and affective practices taking place in everyday urban life (McGormack, McFarlane, Andersen & Holden, Pløger). Whether urban events are intentionally created as part of cultural and participatory planning approaches, or they emerge from the multiplicity of every day practices and infrastructures, events are increasingly becoming the core notion to explain urban transformation. Drawing from the research project Evental Urbanism, the presentation will sketch an approach to cultural planning not using urban and cultural events simply as linear tools for urban development, but rather working with the multiple and relational processes between for instance the user citizen, existing urban qualities and sensorial and social potentials in the city. The presentation suggests the framework of Three Ecologies described by philosopher, Felix Guattari for understanding urban events as ecological and transdsiciplinary processes.
Period18 May 2018
Held atUniversity of Strathclyde, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Social innovation
  • spatial citizenship
  • Three ecologies
  • mental change
  • urban transformation
  • gentrification
  • urban planning
  • urban design
  • social housing
  • Urban regeneration
  • architecture
  • Cultural regeneration
  • Social empowerment
  • event
  • event cities