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Planum News 05.2012 | Europena Urban Summer School </br> Times of Scarcity. Reclaiming the Possibility of Making

21 September 2012 – 30 September 2012

European Urban Summer School
Times of Scarcity |
Reclaiming the Possibility of Making*

School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Westminster
SCIBE Scarcity and Creativity in the Built Environment, University of Westminster

London, United Kingdom 
DEADLINE: 31.05.2012
University of Westminster, London 

A joint project of AESOP | ECTP-CEU | IFHP | ISOCARP and SCIBE

The aim of the Summer School is to bring together young and established planning and design professionals from all over Europe (and further away) and both emerging and experienced academics to develop a better understanding of some of the most pressing contemporary issues related to the built environment and to amplify and strengthen the links between planning- and design-relevant research and professional practice.
In our times of rapid change, young planners and professionals involved in the processes of urban transformation must develop and adopt new and more holistic approaches to planning and design in order to engage with an increasingly urban world in a meaningful manner and to propose creative interventions that go beyond the immediately physical.

Participants and workshop location
Participants in the EUSS will work and test their ideas on the case of a ‘deprived’ East London ward surrounded by highways and railway lines and located in-between central London, the Canary Wharf Estate and the Olympic site: Bromley-by-Bow. This is a contested urban territory typical of London, with many aspects of social inequality manifested spatially and socially. Sixty-one percent of households in this area are from ethnic minorities (particularly immigrants from Bangladesh); 43% of people aged 16-74 have no qualifications; unemployment is at almost three times the national level; almost 70% of tenure is council housing/housing association. The area features almost five times the national level of overcrowding and residents exhibit exceptionally poor health. Spectacular event architecture, hastily refurbished façades in anticipation of international visitors and the everyday reality of historically neglected East London all offer the context for EUSS explorations: a charged territory awaiting the engagement of young planning and design professionals and their proposals for intelligent, creative interventions.

Facilities for lectures and workshops, working space and internet access for up to 60 participants will be provided at the University of Westminster’s recently refurbished Marylebone Campus. In order to facilitate communication with the local community in the study area (Bromley-by-Bow), workshops and events will also take place in the Kingsley Hall community centre during weekends.

Experienced professionals and academics can apply to teach and tutor at the 3rd European Urban Summer School.  The organisers will cover the costs of travel and accommodation. Prospective tutors can apply by submitting a CV and a short outline of a lecture or workshop around planning, design or research that they could offer at the EUSS via email to  The electronic application process will close on 31 May 2012. Selected tutors will be notified by 5 August 2012.

Prospective participants – young planners – can apply to the 3rd European Urban Summer School by submitting their response to the following task:
• Identify one instance of ‘scarcity’ in the context of the built environment and propose a physical or process-related solution.
• Issues and responses may be presented as text, drawings, photographs, videos or in any other desired form. The electronic application process (via email to will close on 31 May 2012. The selected participants will be notified by 15 June 2012. The participation fee of 200 GBP payable upon registration, will cover teaching and teaching materials (not travel or accommodation).
• The best entries will earn free participation to the EUSS and some additional prize money

May 31th, 2012
Deadline for registration
• June 15th, 2012
Notification of selected tutors and participants
• July 31th, 2012
Final registration deadline (incl. payment of registration fee)

Summer School Website:


Event schedule:

  • Start: 09-21-2012
  • End: 09-30-2012.