INURA Conference: “City Transitions from a Totalitarian Regime” September 3-11, 2016.
The goal of the MAZI workshop at the INURA conference is to introduce DIY ICT technologies to participants, and to explore ways of enabling urban activists to pursue their objectives with the support of such technologies. The workshop is presented by MAZI along with the Zurich-based non-profit organization NetHood and the INURA Zurich Institut.
The INURA 2016 Conference is organized by the Bucharest-based Association for Urban Transition (ATU) in collaboration with the Zurich-based non-profit organization NetHood. Bucharest’s urban fabric resembles a mosaic made out of the shards of a fragmented and tormented recent past, out of which the conference focuses on the last 26 years. This time period coincides with the lifetime of the INURA network itself. During these decades, however, while the INURA conferences were concerned with supporting civic actions through research, and with grassroots resistance and political struggles in western cities to provide rights to citizens, Bucharest passed through a period of transitions from the former totalitarian regime, in search of survival, recovery and a renewed sense of meaning. For the effectiveness of urban and environmental activism, it is urgently needed to connect grassroots calls for action with policy making and governance. Therefore, this is going to be the main domain of action support at the 2016 INURA Conference in Bucharest.
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.
The Association for Urban Transition (ATU) is a think-tank NGO that deals with urban challenges such as urban development, urban policy, urban culture and heritage, sustainable mobility and public space, collective housing and social exclusion. Established as a non-governmental organisation in 2001, ATU has always endorsed interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary studies and approaches, focusing on one main issue: ‘the city’. To this end, ATU compiles various methods and perspectives from different disciplines, while sharing a concern for urban phenomena. ATU comprises more than 60 members from various disciplines: architecture, urban planning, social studies, urban legislation and economics, and anthropology.
INURA conference website: https://inura16.wordpress.com/