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Exploring challenges and opportunities of openness and its implications for theories, perspectives and instruments of the Open City.

November 7th 2018

09:00AM – 09:00PM

The OPEN CITY FORUM is a contribution to the sixth international symposium of the annual ISU Talks series that will be held on 7th of November in the scope of the Berlin Science Week.

The OPEN CITY FORUM critically examines the principles of openness and how they can be translated into urban space and practice. The public event connects researchers, academics, professionals, experts as well as decision makers of municipalities and the civil society. We seek to explore innovative methods and tools, integrating existing disciplinary concepts and theoretical approaches of openness towards new perspectives and instruments for the sustainable transformation and development of urban areas.

The OPEN CITY FORUM is part of “OFFENE STADT: Theorien, Perspektiven, Instrumente” – a joint inter- and transdisciplinary research project by TU Braunschweig, TU Dortmund and the German Institute of Urban Affairs, in cooperation with the Senate of the City of Berlin and supported by a renowned advisory board, and funded by the Robert Bosch Foundation.

Location: Stadtwerkstatt


Detailed program will be announced shortly.

9 AM – 4 PM

Open Researcher Forum

Lightning presentations and moderated workshop sessions

Moderators: Prof. Dr. Dirk Konietzka, Prof. Dr. Tatjana Schneider and Prof. Dr. Eckart Voigts

4 PM – 5 PM

Open Research Floor

Mingle and explore

5 PM – 9 PM

Open City Symposium

Lectures and podium discussion

Speakers: Edgar A. Pieterse, Tali Hatuka and more


More to be announced soon…


Edgar A. Pieterse

South African research chair in Urban Policy & Director of ACC
Tali Hatuka

Dr. Tali Hatuka

Head of Laboratory for Contemporary Urban Design (LCUD)

Harald Welzer

Director of FUTURZWEI. Stiftung Zukunftsfähigkeit


More to be announced soon…

Dirk Konietzka

Prof. Dr. Dirk Konietzka

Professor of Sociology 

2018-08-Tatjana Schneider

Prof. Dr. Tatjana Schneider

Professor of Architecture Theory and History 


Prof. Dr. Eckart Voigts

Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies

Call for Abstracts

Submissions are closed!


08.10.2018 Closing Date Abstracts
15.10.2018 Authors informed of results
30.10.2018 Final abstract submission
07.11.2018 OPEN CITY FORUM

The Forum language is English.


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The Open City Forum  is calling for contributions from research and practice, in which different disciplines have described, operationalized or implemented aspects of openness.

Each selected author will present their abstract as base for an in depth discussion and Workshop sessions.




Accepted papers will be published in a special edition of

A book publication is intended.

Forum Topics: 


# Open City

# Architectures of Openness

# Practices of Openness

# Public Spaces of Openness

# Urban Development and Uncertainty

# City Information Modeling

# Open Urban Systems

# Open Social Structures

# Porosity

# Inclusiveness

# Urbanity of Movement

# Urban Development and Appropriation

# …

Participants (selected abstracts)


Rashiq Fataar & Sharyn Sassen | Our Future Cities, South Africa
Public Spaces of Openness in South Africa : Translating democracy to conditions
of inclusivity through tactical urban interventions

Fabio Bayro-Kaiser | RWTH Aachen University, Germany
The desired closed city contested by the unwanted open city

Zinovia Foka | Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany
Contesting the Narratives of Partition: Space Appropriation in Nicosia’s Buffer Zone

Betsabea Bussi & Zeynep Tulumen | Politecnico di Torino, Italy / Turkey
Building social bridges: the case of Porta Palazzo market in Turin

Sara Sako | University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom / Sweden
Synthesis of Feminist Approaches and Architecture – an intervention


Ayesha Sarfraz & Arsalan Rafique | TURF (The Urban Research Frontier),
Critical Landscapes: Traversing Pakistani Cities in times of Hyper Security

Nitin Bathla | ETH Zurich, Switzerland
A dispersed openness – The ‘open cities’ of ex-urbia

Anastasia Samara | University of Lincoln, United Kingdom
The role of Memory, Heritage and Identity in Times of Crisis: The paradigm
of Industrial Heritage towards an Open Society

Anees Arnold | London School of Economics & Political Science, South Africa
A Foothold in the City: Disrupting the apartheid urban pattern through notions of

Anna Rowell | University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
A propensity for the pro-open city? Reframing the argument in the context of
Cairo’s el-Zumor Road.


Elena Porqueddu | Italy
Design for the Open City: directing rather than mastering emergent

Letizia Chiappini, Anastasia Halauniova & Ying-Tzu Lin | University of
Amsterdam/AISSR, The Netherlands
Slutty Urbanism – Blog project

Bianca Herlo, Malte Bergmann & Jennifer Schubert | Berlin University of the
Arts Berlin, Germany
Co-Designing Open Cities

Ananya Ramesh(1), Sachinkumar Rathod(2) & Anurag Jain(3) | 1:CEPT
Research and Development Foundation / 2:National Institute of Advanced
Studies / 3:Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, India
Peri-urban Transformation and Adaptation Strategies in Bangalore’s
Periphery. Study Area: Proposed Bidadi Township and Peri-Bidadi Area

Rongzhu Gu | Syracuse University, United States of America
Hypervolume of city data


R. Gökçe Sanul | Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Spaces of Openness in Istanbul: Solidary Publicness and Experimental Practices

Benedikt Stoll | Guerilla Architects, Germany
Re-tracing Home

Tilman Schwarze | University of St Andrews, United Kingdom
Working towards the ‘Open City’ on Chicago’s South Side: community selforganisation
and the right to the appropriation of space

Gala Nettelbladt | Leibniz Institute for Research on Society & Space, Germany
Openness as Conflict: Conflictual Politics of Planning in Context of Migration in Cities

Venugopal AV | Politecnico Di Milano, Italy
Tourism Paradox



OFFENE STADT is a joint inter- and trans-disciplinary project by:

In collaboration with:

Funded by:

OPEN CITY FORUM is made possible by:


FOS2018 is part of the Berlin Science Week 2018