MANIFESTO FOR THE JUST CITY

Call for a Manifesto for the Just City: 2

Online

Online workshop on the Just City (all participants in the workshop must fill in the form)
Call for a Manifesto for a Just City
text by Roberto Rocco, TU Delft
r.c.rocco@tudelft.nl
 
The workshop "Call for a Manifesto for the Just City" is a digital lecture and debate series composed of four sessions sponsored by TU Delft, IHS Erasmus, the University of Illinois, the Winston-Salem University and other partners, leading to the writing of Manifestos for the Just City by teams of students. This activity is open to Bachelor and Master’s students from any university, in any area of studies related to the built environment.
 
For inquiries, please contact Roberto Rocco at r.c.rocco@tudelft.nl
 
WORKSHOP PROGRAMME
 
DAY ONE: 4 OCT: COMMUNITY & GRASSROOTS ACTIONS as insurgent practices
19:00 CET (Amsterdam)/ 12:00 CDT (Chicago): Opening: introduction to the event
19:10: Keynote speaker: Professor Faranak Miraftab, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (US)
19:40 Q&A
19:50 Break
20:00 STUDENT MANIFESTO WORKSHOP: Break-out rooms with students: preparation of statements [100-200-word statements]
20:30 Students’ statements
20:40 End
 
DAY TWO: 11 OCT: URBAN INFORMALITY
19:00 CET (Amsterdam)/ 12:00 CDT (Chicago): Opening: introduction to the event
19:05 Keynote speaker: Mona Fawaz, Professor of Urban Planning, American University of Beirut, Lebanon.
19:35 Q&A
19:45 Break
19:55 STUDENT MANIFESTO WORKSHOP: Break-out rooms with students from participating universities: preparation of statements [100-200-word statements]
20:30 Students’ statements
20:40 End
 
DAY THREE 18 OCT: COMMODIFICATION & FINANCIALISATION of the city
19:00 CET (Amsterdam)/ 12:00 CDT (Chicago): Opening: introduction to the event
19:05: Keynote speaker: Professor Mariana Fix, University of São Paulo
19:35 Q&A
19:45 Break
19:55 STUDENT MANIFESTO WORKSHOP: Break-out rooms with students from participating universities: preparation of statements [100-200-word statements]
20:30 Students’ statements
20:40 End
 
 
DAY FOUR 25 OCT: MIGRATION & DIVERSITY in the city
19:00 CET (Amsterdam)/ 12:00 CDT (Chicago): Opening: introduction to the event
19:30 Keynote speaker: Professor Romola Sanyal, London School of Economics.
19:35 Q&A
19:45 Break
19:55 STUDENT MANIFESTO WORKSHOP: Break-out rooms with students from participating universities: preparation of statements [100-200-word statements]
20:30 STUDENT MANIFESTO WORKSHOP: Final statements from students from participating universities + closing remarks
20:40 End
 
DEADLINE FOR MANIFESTOS: 1 DEC 2021
MONDAY 30 JAN 2022 19:00 CET/ 12:00 CDT Launching of the Book “Manifesto for the Just City Volume 2”
 
Call for Manifestos
COVID-19 initially looked like the “great equaliser”: all of humanity facing exactly the same microscopic enemy. There seemed to be an opportunity for all of us to work together towards the same goal: to heal ourselves, our cities and our relationship with our planet.
It seemed almost like a dress rehearsal for the even bigger challenges we must face in the next decades: our planet’s climate emergency, the likely disappearance of much of the planet’s biodiversity after the mass extinction of animals and plants in the last 50 years, the exhaustion of natural resources, growing inequality, as well as the rise of populism and a deepening democratic crisis.
Sadly, it soon became apparent that the virus would have a very different impact on different groups of people around the world, depending on their age, location, type of government, social class, access to medical care, job opportunities and even race.
We have not come together. Our divisions and the injustices of our cities became even more apparent thanks to the virus.
Amid so many problems, we still have reason to be optimistic: we can turn things around and build back better after the storm is over. And the way to heal ourselves and our relationship with our planet is deeply connected to how we will deal with urbanisation. Our cities and communities are the key for healthier people and a healthier planet, but also the key for stronger democracies and more resilient communities. Much work has already been done and the pathway to sustainable and fair cities has been laid out in the Sustainable Development Goals, the New Urban Agenda and the European Green Deal, among other policy frameworks.
But we need more and better ideas on how to make our cities truly sustainable, inclusive, and democratic.
For this reason, we are launching a call for
 
 
A MANIFESTO FOR THE JUST CITY
For us, the Just City is not only a place that allows all its citizens to live a healthy and accomplished life, but also a city that allows the planet to regenerate itself and fosters civic life and democracy, affording all its citizens the RIGHT TO THE CITY.
In order to collect ideas and discuss ways to teach and learn how to make our cities more just, sustainable and inclusive, we want to hear from students from all over the world.
 
We wish to invite you and your friends to write a manifesto of no more than 1000 words laying out your vision for the just city. The manifesto should be written in groups of between 3 and 5 students from any discipline related to the built environment (spatial planning, urban geography, design, architecture, landscape design, engineering, etc.) The manifesto can be written in any language, as long as a good English translation is provided by the participants. The manifesto can also be illustrated (remember, images and text are complementary). We will only accept original pictures, drawings or illustrations produced by the participants (please, be mindful of copyrights!).
In order to help you write your manifesto, we invite you and your group of fellow students to take part in a 4-part online workshop sponsored organised by several partner universities online. Each part of this activity will provide you with new ideas about key topics of urban development, like a mini-online course. In each session, you will have the opportunity to debate with like-minded people from other universities and will be invited to write short paragraphs with them. At the end of this process, we hope you will have enough ideas and material to write a trailblazing manifesto with your group.

The best manifestos will be published in an open access book.
All participants submitting a manifesto and taking part in at least two online lectures will be provided with a certificate of participation by the Delft University of Technology.
In order to participate, you need:
 
1. To fill out the form on this LINK with the names of the members of your group and other information about you, your team and your university.
2. There is no limit to the number of groups from the same university. Groups can also include members of several universities.
3. Get together with your group and discuss: what should be in your manifesto? Maybe here you could make a start! (We will send you a "manual" on how to write a manifesto later on).
4. Take part in the four-part Urban Thinkers Campus organized by TU Delft, which will take place on 4,11, 18, and 25 October 2021 19:00 CET, 12:00 CDT (a link will be sent to you).
5. Submit your final text before the 1st of December 2021.