The second OIKONET conference on the topic Global Dwelling will focus on regeneration strategies as mechanisms that are applied to improve the existing living conditions in urban areas around the world. Nowadays, various local and global factors cause the appearance of disadvantaged communities and declining urban areas worldwide. Instead of offering universal solutions, contemporary integrated interventions are intended to tackle specific problems by encompassing social, economic and urban dimensions. By building on existing local forces – involving all stakeholders and the local community in the process of finding solutions–, urban areas can unleash their endogenous regeneration potential. Even though being deeply influenced by local conditions, this process acquires a global dimension when certain mechanisms and policies – such as planned gentrification and social mix – are reproduced at multiple locations and cultures.


The conference will discuss the implications of such integrated approaches based on the design and implementation of strategies for the regeneration of communities – at a social, economic and environmental level. We invite researchers, lecturers, design studio instructors, policy makers, practitioners and community leaders, involved in the research, design and implementation of housing regeneration strategies, to submit original papers addressing the following issues:


•  What are the consequences – for architecture and urban planning education – of designing regeneration strategies instead of designing housing developments?

•  How are the visions and goals in a community renewal process, collectively defined?

•  Which urban regeneration strategies are needed to achieve a sustainable urban development (at the cultural, economic, social and environmental level)?

•  Are there any alternatives to gentrification as driver of urban regeneration?

•  How current learning and teaching practices in architecture and urban planning should change to support community development?

•  Which methods and techniques are needed to unleash the endogenous regeneration potentials of communities?

•  How can community participation be integrated alongside professional expertise to define the objectives of an urban renewal process?

•  How can the global and local dimensions involved in a regeneration process become intertwined?


We welcome critical presentations of case studies addressing regeneration practices all over the world. We particularly encourage the submission of works that explore methodologies for creating links between community-based research and innovative learning practices which bring together professionals and non-professionals in the process of renewing the urban habitat.


Call for papers

We invite the submission of abstracts (maximum 2 pages) that will be evaluated by the Scientific Committee members. Up to 12 abstracts will be selected to present a paper that will be published in the proceedings and presented at the conference.


Poster session

Abstracts that are not accepted will have the opportunity to be presented in the poster session. We specially encourage PhD students and researchers to present a poster about their in-progress work. A template will be provided upon request to prepare an A0 poster.



Please be aware of the following deadlines:

•   ABSTRACT SUBMISSION: 15 April 2015


•   PAPER SUBMISSION: 15 June 2015


•   POSTER SUBMISSION: 15 July 2015


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