NETWORK PUKAR Partners for Urban Knowledge, Action and Research

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Mission
PUKAR is an independent research collective and an urban knowledge production center that provides a platform for cross disciplinary, multi-sectoral, community based research for issues related to urbanization and globalization.

PUKAR aims to democratize research and broaden access to knowledge among disenfranchised or weakly institutionalized groups and to create a space from which their non traditional and non expert knowledge can contribute to local, national and global debates about their own futures. It promotes research as a right for everyone and uses it as tool for pedagogy, advocacy, intervention and transformation.

Goals
The goal of PUKAR is to create a world-class incubator for knowledge, debate and innovation about cities and globalization. It takes Mumbai as its conceptual base and laboratory for concerns related to global cities and helps create new urban knowledge, through maximum participation of the citizens, thus enhancing circulation of ideas, designs and concepts between the local and the global.

PUKAR aims to democratize research and broaden access to knowledge among disenfranchised or weakly institutionalized groups and to create a space from which their non traditional and non expert knowledge can contribute to local, national and local debates about their own futures. PUKAR is designed to complement, on the social and cultural side, the current growth in technology driven knowledge initiative in India.

PUKAR, an independent urban knowledge production center serves as a convener for debates and conferences, an executor for targeted research work and a disseminator through debate oriented white papers, discourses, and internet based reports, website and e-magazines. It works though the following means to achieve these goals:

Cross Knowledge
PUKAR facilitates corporate leaders, academics, policy makers, activists, cultural and social analysts, researchers and donors to brainstorm outside the constrains of a single institution, constituency or a project to identify new ways to think about urban challenges.

Partnerships
The center draws on partners from the world of urbanism, urban activists and practitioners, academicians and scholars, policy maker from public and private sector, in all its activities- initiation, execution, dissemination and evaluation.

Learning Lab
The center is set so that observers from other institutions and locations, including funders, can observe it’s working to see how they might initiate similar exercise in their own institutions, tailored to their needs.

PUKAR regards knowledge, action and research as interactive and recursive processes. Knowledge involves documentation and intervention. Action, in this perspective, involves exploration and innovation. Research, not simply a prerogative of academic world, is a disciplined means of acquiring new knowledge. PUKAR seeks to reinvent the terms of the relationship between knowledge, action and research.

RESEARCH PROJECT: SCIBE Scarcity and Creativity in the Built Environment – A Research Project funded by HERA

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SCIBE explores the relationship between scarcity and creativity in the context of the built environment by investigating how conditions of scarcity might affect the creativity of the different actors involved in the production of architecture and urban design, and how design-led actions might improve the built environment in the future. The research is based on the analysis of processes in four European cities: London, Oslo, Reykjavik, and Vienna. More details of the project can be found here.

ONLINE: UrbanPortal

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The Urban Portal is an online hub designed to provide experts and non-experts easy access to current research and resources on urban issues. The Portal is a core project of the University of Chicago Urban Network, an emerging community of scholars and others that aims to spur innovation in the study of urban processes and to encourage interdisciplinary discourse in urban research, theory, and policy.

ASSOCIATION, NETWORK: European Urban Research Association http://www.eura.org/

http://www.eura.org/

At a time when global forces are strengthening and localism struggles to reassert itself, there is a need to re-examine the place which cities take in the social and economic order and this is what the European Urban Research Association (EURA) aims to achieve. This web site provides information about the origins of EURA, its aims and objectives and its charter. It also gives information about past and present EURA events, including conferences and workshops. Look also at our ’About EURA‘ section to see that the future is largely urban.
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Initiative: Think Berl!n

www.think-berlin.de

Think Berl!n

Die Initiative »Think Berl!n« wurde von Aljoscha Hofmann, Cordelia Polinna, Jana Richter und Johanna Schlaack Mitte 2009 an der TU Berlin gegründet und entstand aus der Idee, die Debatte über die Berliner Stadtentwicklung um eine junge, zugleich wissenschaftliche und praktische, Position aus Architektur und Stadtplanung zu bereichern.

Mit der Initiative wollen wir die oftmals eher emotional geführten und unkonstruktiven Debatten zum Themenfeld Städtebau und Stadtentwicklung der vergangenen Jahre um eine kritische Diskussion auf konstruktiver Ebene ergänzen, die es ermöglicht, alternative Vorschläge zu entwickeln. Think Berl!n verfolgt dabei eine Vielzahl von Fragestellungen, die bislang zu oft isoliert voneinander betrachtet werden:

  • die Entwicklung der als benachteiligt geltenden Quartiere am Zentrumsrand;
  • der Umgang mit den Potentialen der innerstädtischen Wasserlagen;
  • die städtebauliche Planung und integrierte Entwicklung der zunehmend touristisch genutzten Gebiete im Stadtzentrum sowie
  • die vernetzte Betrachtung der Nachnutzung der innerstädtischen Flughafenareale Tempelhof und Tegel und der geplanten Entwicklungsachse vom Hauptbahnhof zum neuen Flughafen BBI.

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Network Berlin on Sale – Nicht mit uns!

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Berlin on Sale – Nicht mit uns!

Dies ist eine herzliche Einladung an alle Unzufriedenen und Überflüssigen, an heutige und künftige Militante, sich an unseren Herbstaktionstagen unter dem Motto „Berlin on Sale – nicht mit uns! Gegen die sozialen Angriffe auf unser Leben“ zu beteiligen.

Am 1.10.2010 geht es los. Unser Ausgangspunkt war die Überlegung, dass es höchste Zeit ist, sich wieder mehr gemeinsam statt einsam gegen die vielfältigen Angriffe auf ein würdiges und selbstbestimmtes Leben in Berlin zur Wehr zu setzen. Es gibt Einiges, an das wir anknüpfen können: Stadtteil-Inis sprießen, Mediaspree wurde beim Volksbegehren abgewählt, Carlofts blieben in Kreuzberg nach wiederholten Farbbeutelattacken und vielen anderen Aktionen unverkäuflich, Erwerbslose organisieren sich. Das macht uns einerseits Hoffnung und reicht aber bei weitem nicht aus.

Uns eint die Überzeugung, dass wir uns nicht von Parteien und Gewerkschaften vertreten lassen und unsere Geschicke selbst in die Hand nehmen müssen. Mit unseren Aktionen wollen wir nicht nur den Nutznießer_innen der neoliberalen Umstrukturierung unser deutliches Nein entgegnen, sondern auch einen Vorgeschmack auf jenes andere Leben finden, das sich nicht an Marktlogik und Verwertungsinteressen orientiert.

Blogcloud Urbanistikae

http://www.urbanistika.ee/

URBANISTIKA.EE is a cloud of blogs that debate different areas dealing with urban issues. Its aim is to become an open discussion agora for all who are interested in cities and their future, while dealing with subjects such as urban planning, architecture, activism, urban studies, writings about cities, neighbourhood analyses and specific cities, as well as events that happen regarding these themes.

We are based in Tallinn, Estonia, acting as a local internet-based forum for action, research and dialogue within the city of Tallinn, joining all sectors possible. Beyond locality, we try to enrich the experience of cities around the globe and open the windows to the outside world. Our goal is to provoke discussion and work towards more intelligent planning and better urban life. As support, urbanistika.ee provides a publication channel for articles, projects and thesis works.

Some of the main concerns of this website are:

  • Debate
  • Consultation
  • Exchange
  • Contact platform
  • Constant communication

The core group behind the project consists of students, alumnae and teachers of the Urban Studies MA in the Estonian Academy of Arts.

International Network for Urban Research and Action

www.inura.org

The International Network for Urban Research and Action

INURA is a network of people involved in action and research in localities and cities. The Network consists of activists and researchers from community and environmental groups, universities, and local administrations, who wish to share experiences and to participate in common research. Examples of the issues that Network members are involved in include: major urban renewal projects, the urban periphery, community-led environmental schemes, urban traffic and transport, inner city labour markets, do-it-yourself culture, and social housing provision. In each case, the research is closely tied to, and is a product of, local action and initiative.

INURA is a non-governmental and non-profit organization with a self-organizing, non-hierarchical, decentralized structure. Regional Offices take turns annually in organizing the conference and publishing the INURA Bulletin.

Aims

The basic purpose of the Network is to develop and promote the interaction of social and environmental urban movements with research and theoretical anlysis. INURA brings together theorists and practitioners sharing a common, critical attitude towards contemporary urban development. The Network wishes to maintain an informal and commmitted approach to its work.

INURA Principles

  1. INURA is a network of people involved in action and research in localities and cities. We are committed to sharing our experiences and information in order to further the understanding of the problems affecting our areas.
  2. We are committed to the empowerment of people in their neighbourhoods, communities, cities and region.
  3. In our work we recognize the importance of ethnic and cultural diversity, and the need to oppose racism, class and gender discrimination.
  4. Changes in forms of work and of community and domestic life must be understood and planned in relation to each other.
  5. We must resist and reverse the process of polarization of income and quality of environment, both in the social fragmentation of our cities and the divergence of core and periphery regions.
  6. Our network particularly wants to broaden its links with housing, employment and environmental campaigns.
  7. We aim to further the process of environmentally sustainable urban development.
  8. We seek to resist centralization and the damaging effects of globalization.
  9. We are working to create strong and diverse visions of the future urban life.
  10. INURA will work with a variety of methods of research, communication, interaction and dissemination of information, including scholarly work, media productions, activist documents, debates and stories of urban experience. INURA invites future contributions from academics, the arts, political activists and social movements.

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European Architectural History Network

www.eahn.org

EAHN MISSION STATEMENT

The European Architectural History Network supports research and education by providing a public forum for the dissemination of knowledge about the histories of architecture. Based in Europe, it serves architectural historians and scholars in allied fields without restriction on their areas of study. The network seeks to overcome limitations imposed by national boundaries and institutional conventions through pursuit of the following aims:

  • increasing the visibility of the discipline among scholars and the public.
  • promoting scholarly excellence and innovation.
  • fostering inclusive, transnational, interdisciplinary, and multicultural approaches to the history of the built environment
  • encouraging communication among the disciplines that study space.
  • facilitating the open exchange of research results.
  • providing a clearinghouse for information related to the discipline.

EUROCITIES

www.eurocities.eu

EUROCITIES is the network of major European cities. We bring together the local governments of more than 140 large cities in over 30 European countries.

We influence and work with the EU institutions to respond to common issues that impact the day-to-day lives of Europeans.  Our aim is to shape the opinions of stakeholders in Brussels to ultimately shift legislation in a way that helps city governments address the EU’s strategic challenges at the local level.  A large part of our work is aimed at reinforcing the role and place that local government should have in a multi-level governance structure.

Based on the EU’s three key challenges, EUROCITIES’ policy priorities are:

Feeding into these, our network’s activities address a wide range of policies concerning economic development and cohesion policy, the provision of public services, climate change, energy and environment, transport and mobility, employment and social affairs, culture, education, information and knowledge society, as well as governance and international cooperation.

EUROCITIES provides a platform for its member cities to share knowledge and ideas, to exchange experiences, to analyse common problems and develop innovative solutions, through a wide range of forums, working groups, projects, activities and events.

We are committed to working towards a common vision of a sustainable future in which all citizens can enjoy a good quality of life.