Call for Abstracts: Cities, Communities and Homes: Is the Urban Future Livable?
22-23 June 2017, University of Derby, UK
DATE: 1/3/2017
“The complexity of our cities is well documented. The economies they are based on are multiple. Some are growing exponentially, others are shrinking. Some pride themselves on architectural heritage, others are seeking to build and rebrand. Some are old, some are new. Inevitably their urban fabrics vary.  The communities that live in these places reflect these conditions. Some are are long-standing, others are new and in-formation. Sometimes they are active, on occasion homogenous. More generally they are diverse. These communities need, and want, a say in their futures. Some are well connect and affluent, others suffer deprivation and social exclusion. A constant in the mist of this complexity is their need to be housed – whether by themselves, the market, or governments.

This conference seeks to explore how the three issues of city development, sense of community and housing need, all combine to make lives in our cities livable – or not. How will our urban environments change in the near future? Are the cities we live in now likely to contract or expand? How will these changes impact on communities and the way they are housed? Will new technologies facilitate community engagement with planning? Will resident voices be heard by planners? Will unaffordable housing turn some cities into enclaves of the wealthy, or will the private sector and personal preference gate our communities?

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Key Dates:
01 March 2017 - Abstract Submissions
01 April 2017 -   Abstract Feedback
01 June 2017 -   Registration closes
22 – 23 June 2017 - Conference   
01 July 2017 -  Full Paper Submissions (where applicable)
01 November 2017 - Feedback for publication
01 December 2017 - Publication of Full papers begins”

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