Viscous Space North Sea Conference

20 June 2018 09:00 till 22 June 2018 17:30 - Location: Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Berlage rooms - By: Communication BK

This conference gathers North Sea specialists from different disciplines and locations, discussing how spatial disciplines can address the unprecedented levels of spatial pressure on the North Sea.

Over the past centuries, urbanisation processes coupled with shifting oceanic cycles have dramatically changed cities and landscapes in and around the North Sea. Spatial pressure within the interpenetrating urban and ecological North Sea systems has reached unprecedented levels. How can spatial disciplines address this condition? The North Sea specialists at this conference position their case-study within a wider historical, geographical, and socio-cultural context. The three-day programme foresees morning presentations and chaired thematic workshops in the afternoon, during which a more intensive exchange can take place between presenters, junior researchers, and the audience. The question will be discussed how historical processes of ocean urbanisation reshaped regional economic, social, cultural, and human environments, both at sea and on land. In particular, the following processes will be taken into account:

  • physical conditions: ecology, infrastructure and artefacts
  • legal and theoretical constructions
  • narratives, representations, and projections
  • heritage debates

The offshore perspective on the North Sea compliments ongoing research at the Chair of History of Architecture and Urban Planning and at the Centre for Global Heritage and Development. Specifically, the symposium connects to ongoing research on port cities, the global petroleumscape, and ocean urbanisation. 


The programme of the Viscous Space Conference can be found here.


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