Event: Housing: A Critical Perspective

Together with the Sociology Department of Liverpool University and the Architecture Department 
of Liverpool John Moores University, Architecture_MPS is organising a two day interdisciplinary 
conference on the theme of affordable housing provision. Forming part of a broader program of 
international events, Housing – Critical Futures, it is open to activists, artists and 
academics of all disciplines. It is set in the UK but seeks to link with global issues.

Against a background of disparate policy interventions, resistances, contradictions and 
conflict, the questions we are asking are multiple: How are elite, privatised residential 
developments reshaping urban space? How have recent policy interventions impacted on the social 
lives of neighbourhoods? What are some of the ways in which architects have responded to 
affordable housing crises? What insights can politically-engaged art projects bring to bear in 
this context? How have sociological studies sought to make sense of the local contexts into 
which wider structural issues are inflected? What role will states have in the housing solutions 
of the future? How can architects work with existing building stock to help sustain communities 
under threat? How have local activists ensured their voice is heard in the context of 
gentrifiying cities? What role is there for critical planning theory vis-à-vis housing? 

A range of options are available to those wishing to present. We welcome submissions for 
Conference Presentations (20 minutes); Full Written Papers (3,000 words); and a range of 
alternative proposals, such as 5 minute Pecha Kucha talks; short film screenings; photographic 
essays; installations etc. You are invited to propose other options. 

Key Dates:	

12 December 2014: Abstract Submissions
20 December 2014: Abstract Feedback
20 March 2015: Full Paper Submissions (where applicable)
01 April 2015:  Registration deadline
08-09 April 2015. Conference
01 May 2015: Feedback for publication
01 July 2015: Publication of Full papers
For more details. Visit: http://architecturemps.com/housing-critical-perspective/

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