26 February 2016
23 February 2016
Creditos e direitos de António Alves
Creditos e direitos de António Alves
O Poder da Narrativa
Esta imagem representa a intensidade de comunicações móveis e os movimentos pendulares dos utilizadores de telemóveis em Portugal. Quanto mais clara a cor das ligações maior a sua intensidade. O estudo que lhe dá origem  é um dos componentes utilizados para determinar a geografia das duas Macrorregiões funcionais portuguesas: Noroeste e Lisboa .
Como se pode observar na mesma, Coimbra comunica e comuta principalmente com a Macrorregião do Noroeste, particularmente com a cidade de Aveiro e sua envolvência. Tendo Leiria, uma cidade que fica a 150 km de Lisboa, sido inserida na Macrorregião de Lisboa, não se compreende que Coimbra tenha sido deixada isolada, em terra de ninguém, sem pertencer a qualquer uma das macrorregiões quando fazia todo o sentido, tendo em consideração as suas relações populacionais e económicas, que fosse inserida na Macrorregião do Noroeste.
Só encontro uma explicação para isto. A sustentação da eterna narrativa de Lisboa como centro absoluto da actividade económica e social portuguesas. Narrativa que justifica a concentração de investimento e recursos do estado nessa região e que justifica também que a sociedade mediática considere natural que uma empresa pública como a TAP abandone o Aeroporto do Porto e se concentre exclusivamente em Lisboa. A junção de Leiria, e também Évora, dá a Lisboa a massa crítica industrial e populacional que lhe falta, e que de outro modo não teria, para os poderes fácticos poderem afirmar a supremacia desta sobre o país. Nada de novo, portanto.
Está também na hora de deixarmos os pruridos políticos e chamar a Macrorregião do “noroeste”, tal como é feito com Lisboa, pelo seu verdadeiro nome histórico: Região Portucalense – a que deu o nome ao país.
Pela imagem verifica-se também, de um modo eloquente, uma outra realidade histórica. Isto é “o reino de Portugal e dos Algarves”. O Algarve é também claramente, além de uma Região natural, uma Região funcional que deverá ascender a uma autonomia nos moldes madeirenses e açoreanos o mais rapidamente possível. Portugal precisa de modernizar a sua organização territorial para moldes mais descentrados e federalistas.
19 February 2016
Journal of Place Management and Development, Volume 9 Issue 1
:::Among other outstanding articles:::
Oliveira, E. (2016), Place branding as a strategic spatial planning instrument: a theoretical framework to branding regions with references to northern Portugal. Journal of Place Management and Development, 9(1).
The purpose of this paper is to critically explore the role of place branding, specifically at the regional scale, as an instrument for the attainment of strategic spatial planning goals. It also aims to contribute to the academic debate on place branding by discussing its relevance and effectiveness in supporting economic and social spatial realignment through civic participation and the shaping of clearly envisioned agreed futures.
Exploratory in nature, this paper’s theoretical exploration is developed by detailing relevant findings from a case study on the significance of a regional branding initiative, integrated in a wider planning strategy for northern Portugal (NUTS II). In conducting this exploratory research, primary data were gathered through 16 in-depth, semi structured interviews with key-regional actors and organizations with a stake (and expertise) in the region.
Findings show the key-strategic domains in which the region excels. These domains could fuel a potential regional branding initiative. However, the key regional actors interviewed agree that the diverse and fragmented regional assets and the socio-economic scenario all require and yet hinder regional coordination efforts. In addition, territorial reorganization and the definition of a regional economic model, plus decentralization of decision-making and the establishment of leadership, are imperative for the effectiveness of a regional branding strategy aligned with the ongoing strategic spatial planning initiatives.
Managerial implications of integrating the opinions and perspectives of regional actors into a potential place branding initiative as strategic spatial planning instrument include improving socio-spatial and spatial-economic condition of the region and envisioning shared futures.
By guiding the thoughts of scholars, practitioners and policy-makers towards a strategic spatial planning approach to place branding, the paper contributes to the advancement and maturation of the place-branding field, by lending a more strategic approach and geographical/spatial consciousness to the process of place branding. The paper also sheds light on the challenges and complexity of branding regions, a scale of analysis seldom explored in place branding literature.
Changing places; placing change
Dominic Medway , Prof.- Cathy Parker, Simon Quin, Gareth Roberts
Changing places; placing change
Dominic Medway , Prof.- Cathy Parker, Simon Quin, Gareth Roberts
16 February 2016
Space and Place
The Space and Place Project: 7th Global Meeting
Call for Presentations
Thursday 1st September – Saturday 3rd September 2016
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom
Space and place affect the very way in which we experience, understand, navigate and recreate the world. Wars are fought over both real and imagined spaces; boundaries are erected against marginalised individuals, groups and populations, constructing a lived landscape of inclusion and exclusion. Space and place are also the focus of the creation and contestation of uncontainable mobilities — be they human, identities, cultures, meanings, information, finances and objects — that are causing geographies to shift and change. Moreover, the existence of space and place are (is?) irrevocably intertwined with, and created by, technologies, communication and culture, knowledge, politics, economics, power and lived experience. Understanding spatial relationships and the tensions and dynamics that inform them enables us to gain important insights into the processes that configure the spaces and places that we move through, inhabit and live in, as well as the nature of our existence.
Now in its seventh year, Space and Place: Exploring Critical Issues is an established annual interdisciplinary conference project that encourages critical and collegial dialogue. Recognising that different disciplines and practices express themselves through different modes, media and formats we strongly encourage the submission of proposals from creative practitioners — artists, architects, writers, photographers, painters, film-makers, performers, urban planners — as well as people from related professions, industries and activities and alternative forms of performance. Critical accounts and descriptions of problem-solving activities from ongoing projects that function to alter the nature space and place as well as from projects that are in development are also most welcome. We also strongly encourage traditional papers, panels and workshop proposals.
We seek to create a dialogue amongst individuals and groups who are concerned about the complex nature of space and place. Performances, presentations, reports, works-in-progress, papers and workshops are invited on issues related to any of the following themes:
1. Theorising space and place: How do space and place exist? What aspects of human, and non-human behaviour act upon and constitute space and place? From Deleuze to Latour to Hayles; from theories of becoming to Actor-Network Theory to New Materialism, space and place have become increasingly important dimensions to social and political thought. We welcome any and all forms of presentations that seek to participate and intervene in this critically important dialogue.
2. The situation and location of identities in space and place: How is our sense of self and our relationship to others constituted through our existence in space and place? How do space and place interpellate the subject? How do human endeavours affect the constitution of space and place and in so doing affect the nature of our sense of self? How have the gradual decline of the nation-state and the ascendance of the network state (Castells) affected the relationship between the national identities of subjects and the state within which they were born? We are moving away from rights based on presence in space to rights based on legal status. What does this mean for both national subjects and the space of the nation?
3. The space and place of the networked home: The concept and structure of the home has, and continues, to occupy a privileged position in human existence. How do the Internet, new media and the build out of connected devices, appliances and other technologies increasingly found in the home change the nature of the home as a space and our place within it.
4. The creation and contestation of existing spaces and places: How have existing spaces and places been created in the past, and how are they lived in at present. Can we say that our existence in a given space or place is ever and always without some form of contestation? If not, then how is our living in an existing space or place contested in the present? What does this mean for our existence as individuals, groups and communities in terms of the spaces and places that we inhabit? How is the distinction between the public and private ownership of space affected by this ongoing contestation? Does this distinction between private and public even make sense in a world where people are increasingly mobile, and the articulation of neoliberal property and economic rights that are attached to this mobility are attempting to extinguish the legitimacy of public spaces and the public ownership and governance of places? What is the future of public space in a world that is increasingly neoliberal and privatised?
5. The repurposing of existing spaces and places: Tobacco curing facilities in Durham, North Carolina, have become chic niche stores for the wealthy and educated; warehouses in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, have become live-work spaces for artists, entrepreneurs and small start-ups; a church in New York City has become one of its landmark performance spaces. What are the processes — local, national, global — that lead to the repurposing of existing spaces and places? How do these processes, and the restructuring that they lead to, affect the existence of individuals and groups who have made use of these spaces and places prior to their repurposing? What do they foretell for future acts of repurposing? What is the relationship between the repurposing of spaces and places and their reclamation? Is this simply a relationship between market structures and legal structures, or are entirely new visions of society and sociality being enacted in these repurposed and reclaimed spaces?
6. Representations of space and place in the media, film, literature, TV, theatre, the fine arts and performance: From the haunted house in horror movies to the foreboding, dark and desolate street in film noir, to the streetscapes of the French new wave and the “painterly” spaces in the films of Michael Mann, to the recreation of historical New York in the literature of Carr and that of Berlin by Kerr, to the implosion of space in the paintings of Alex Colville, space and place have long been privileged, if unspoken subjects for the fine arts, literature and film. We seek presentations by artists, authors, photographers and filmmakers who wish to share their completed or on-going visions of space and place. We also welcome critical readings of these modes of expression and depiction of both space and place.
7. The spaces and places of social media: How do social media exist as social space and places of congregation? Are these spaces and places disrupting the fabric of our offline existence, or do they merely supplement it? How do these new places and spaces of sociability affect our sense of self and our relationship to others?
8. The nature and production of virtual space: William Gibson coined the term cyberspace in 1984, and described it as a “consensual hallucination.” Can we not, however, think of cyberspace literally, as a space or place? If so, then how, and how does this new spatial construct affect the lives of those who have come to inhabit cyberspace? Do digital natives/Millenials, inhabit a world of spaces and places that is different from Generation X and its predecessors? If so, how, and what does this mean for the spaces and the places —both virtual and real — of the future?
9. Mobile communication technologies and new urban spaces and places: How have mobile phones and tablets changed our sense of space and place and our relationships to those whom we communicate with? Can we be said to be living in a space or greater immediacy as a result of the deployment of mobile communications technologies? Have the mobile phone and the tablet compressed space, or have they extended our presence amongst others across space? Do the mobile phone and the tablet enable us to inhabit new places? If so, then how are these places constituted, and how are they inhabited?
10. Knowledge clusters, new industries and the globally networked city: urban geography and industrial location theory and research have long pointed out that knowledge clusters, information-based industries and the policies regarding their location have lead to rearticulation of spatial relationships that are detrimental to the existing inhabitants of the places that these industries come to occupy. This occurs as a result of political and economic spatial segregation along with the construction of the transit networks that link these clusters and industries directly to other such places via networks of regional, national and global mobility. What are the processes through which this is occurring in the early 21st century? How are space and place rearticulated through these processes? What are the strategies and tactics that are being deployed to resist the dislocation that accompanies the build out of these industrial networks?
11. Networks of mobility and their relationship to movement, space and place: The twentieth and early twenty-first centuries have often been characterised by the by the increasing movement and mobility of people, objects, information, cultural meanings and financial instruments through increasingly complex and extensive networks of mobility — both physical and digital. How do these networks change the nature of space and place in the early 21st century? What types of spaces and places exist within these networks? Are we fated to solely inhabit spaces within these networks? Do localised places exist as counterpoints to these networks, or will networks of mobility eventually envelope all forms of the local? How does our sense of self and our relationship to others change as a result of our increased mobility and movement through these networks and across space?
12. The spaces and places of global tourism: The global tourism industry is currently valued at over $8 trillion, with annual revenues in excess of $900 billion and 240 million individuals directly employed in the industry. Tourism not only participates as a key industry in the networks of mobility, but in so doing radically reconfigures the existing spaces and places of the destinations that people go to — politically, economically and industrially to name but three dimensions of these effects. How does global tourism recreate the spaces and places of the destinations that it profits from? What are the effects of this recreation of space and place upon the populations who inhabit these destinations?
13. Practice based proposals, research and reports on space and place. As noted, above, critical accounts and descriptions of problem-solving activities from ongoing projects that function to alter the landscape of space and place — urban renewal, housing development, the development of new forms of mobility, to name just three — as well as from projects that are in development, are also most welcome.
Please note: These criteria are by no means definitive. Presentations on any other topic related to the general theme are welcome and will most certainly be considered.
Supporting the conference’s interdisciplinary character, the organizers propose to establish a dialogue between the parallel meetings running during this event. Delegates are welcome to attend up to two sessions in each of the concurrent conferences.
Further details and information can be found at the conference website:
net/critical-issues/ethos/ space-and-place/call-for- papers/
Details of our review policy can be found here:
net/critical-issues/ethos/ space-and-place/call-for- papers/details/
Call for Cross-Over Presentations
The Space and Place project will be meeting at the same time as a project on Food and another project on Videogames. We welcome submissions which cross the divide between both project areas. If you would like to be considered for a cross project session, please mark your submission “Crossover Submission”.
What to Send:
300 word abstracts, proposals and other forms of contribution should be submitted by Friday 1st April 2016. All submissions be minimally double reviewed, under anonymous (blind) conditions, by a global panel drawn from members of the Project Team and the Advisory Board. In practice our procedures usually entail that by the time a proposal is accepted, it will have been triple and quadruple reviewed.
You will be notified of the panel’s decision by Friday 15th April 2016.
If your submission is accepted for the conference, a full draft of your contribution should be submitted by Friday 27th May 2016.
Abstracts may be in Word, RTF or Notepad formats with the following information and in this order:
a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.
E-mails should be entitled: Space and Place Abstract Submission
Harris Breslow: email@example.com
Rob Fisher: firstname.lastname@example.org
This event is an inclusive interdisciplinary research and publishing project. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting.
A number of eBooks and paperback books have been published or are in press as a result of the work of this project. All papers accepted for and presented at the conference must be in English and will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s). All publications from the conference will require editors, to be chosen from interested delegates from the conference.
Inter-Disciplinary.Net believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract for presentation. Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.
3 February 2016
2 February 2016
GLP 3rd Open Science Meeting "Land system science: understanding realities and developing solutions"; China National Convention Center, Beijing, 24-27th October 2016
|GLP 3rd Open Science Meeting “Land system science: understanding realities and developing solutions”; China National Convention Center, Beijing, 24-27th October 2016|
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GLP 3rd Open Science Meeting “Land system science: understanding realities and developing solutions”; China National Convention Center, Beijing, 24-27th October 2016
Global Land Project 3rd Open Science Meeting
“Land system science: understanding realities and developing solutions”
We have the pleasure to invite you for the Global Land Project third Open Science Meeting (GLP 3rd OSM 2016), to be held from 24-27th October 2016 at China National Convention Center in Beijing.
The upcoming third OSM 2016 will be organized by the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences under the coordination of Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) and International Project Office (IPO) of GLP.
The aim of GLP 3rd OSM 2016 is to bring together the international research community working on land system issues. The OSM will highlight the width and scope of ongoing land system research, strengthen the highly interdisciplinary land system community, inspire new research and facilitate review, theory building and extrapolation. The conference covers the following main themes:
- Mapping and modeling the sustainability of land systems
- Land systems in an urbanizing and telecoupling world
- Land systems and the water, food, energy nexus
- Managing trade-offs and synergies for sustainable land systems
- Novel land governance systems to manage natural resources
Special GLP awards such as best student poster/oral presentation awards, GLP awards, will be launched amid the GLP OSM 2016. Conference outcomes will be published through special issues in academic journals based on the sessions and full papers submitted to the GLP OSM.
Call for sessions will be sent out soon through the GLP website.
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