Eighth International Conference on The Constructed Environment

  • 2018 Special Focus: Urban Regeneration (UR) – between Regeneration and Resentment
  • 24–25 May 2018
  • Wayne State University, Detroit, USA

At a Glance...

2

Days of paper presentations, workshops/interactive colloquia.

50+

Delegates from all over the world who attended the Eighth International Conference on The Constructed Environment.

15

Countries represented.

2018 Special Focus: Urban Regeneration (UR)—Between Regeneration and Resentment

"Resentment becomes a lengthening pole between them and us; the have consumer and the have-not consumer. Resentment calls up mass movements, more systems take command… pressure groups thrive in unidentified resentment…gangs form in the void where the community ought to be and is wanting."

Alison Smithson, “Collective Design: The Violent Consumer, Or Waiting for the Goodies”, Architectural Design, (nº 5, 1974, pp. W274-279), p. 277.

The history of Urban Regeneration (UR) in contemporary cities is a cyclical one. We have repeatedly seen deprived areas in our cities demolished in a circularity process of destroying the “bad” old past in order to generate a promising new “good” future. We have seen this process happening mainly in areas that are targets of economic pressure, mostly related to fragile social/working housing and their communities. This is a process which makes, and simultaneously unmakes, the environment. In-between people are displaced and community bonds are dismantled.

This theme aims to make the problem of what is hidden under the persistent "label" of UR visible, and to bring it to discussion. Although this process is always presented as a positive outcome for the evolution of cities, something which enhances the quality of life of urban communities, we intend to begin a conversation that addresses how UR is also catalyzing a continuous process of loss, not only related to public spaces, but also leading to increased resentment among communities. Both are opposed to the so-called process of progression.

To address this important issue, cross-disciplinary proposals, both theoretical and practical, are welcomed. Work from research-based contexts to concrete engaged transformation projects that bring to the forefront the complexity of this problem.

  • How can we make case studies from different geographies and cultures where urban regeneration happens visible?
  • How can we unveil the sense of resentment between communities and buildings as they relate to cases of urban regeneration?
  • How much waste is created in the continuous dismantlement of buildings related to the urban regeneration cyclical processes?
  • How can we protect public spaces and social interests from increasing economic privatization, when austerity measures are dismantling them in idea and form?
  • How can we create strategies that maintain and improve what exists, rather than repeatedly erase in order to start from scratch?
  • How can we create socially engaged practices that stimulate and rethink how to reinforce social relations in existing communities?

Plenary Speakers

The Eighth International Conference on The Constructed Environment featured plenary sessions by some of the world's leading thinkers and innovators in the field.

Jeffrey Horner

Jeffrey Horner

Director, Urban Studies Program, Wayne State University, Detroit, USA

"Placemaking and Gentrification in Detroit"

Anika Goss-Foster

Anika Goss-Foster

Executive Director, Detroit Future City, Detroit, USA

"Who Gets to Decide? Alternative Land Use Strategies as a Galvanizing Force in Detroit"

Emerging Scholar Awardees

For each conference, a small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active academic interest in the conference area. The Award, with its accompanying responsibilities provides a strong professional development opportunity for early career academics. The 2018 Emerging Scholar Awardees are listed below.

Douglas A. Williams

Douglas A. Williams

University of Chicago, Chicago, USA

​Leo Blanken

​Leo Blanken

Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, USA

John Kleinpeter

John Kleinpeter

California State University, Long Beach, USA

Jonathan Cha

Jonathan Cha

University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada

Juntae Jake Son

Juntae Jake Son

Michigan State University, East Lansing, USA

Shelley McNulty

Shelley McNulty

Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK