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SCIBE PhD Conference 2013 | Within the Limits of Scarcity

SCIBE | Creativity and Scarcity in the Built Environment

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 2:30 PM - Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 7:00 PM (PST)

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SCIBE PhD Conference | Within the Limits of Scarcity: Rethinking Space, City and Practices

Scarcity is often considered as a fundamental condition of human societies. On the one hand, the state of not having enough has been at the bottom of a variety of strategies and techniques to overcome it; on the other, it has served as an explanatory argument for social order, for distribution or for conflict. Scarcity has accompanied the becoming of the urban condition. Repeatedly, (im-)mate- rial shortage has been at the core of the city’s struggles. More recently, global economic uncertainty, widespread urban inequality and pressing environmental questions in both North and South, are posing acute challenges to all involved in producing the built environment. Within this scenario, different actors, from architects and other built environment professionals to local authorities and community based organisations, will be increasingly pressured to deploy strategies to work within or against the limits of scarcity.

This conference seeks to investigate the processes through which scarcity is constructed in specific urban settings, shedding light on its setting, emergence and production in the built environment. Moreover, it seeks to understand how the challenges posed by this condition can shape alternative ways of investigating, conceptualising and theorizing city and space so as to inform innovative strategies and challenge the existing normative practices.

Keynote Speakers

JEREMY TILL | Central Saint Martins

OLE BOUMAN | Nederlands Architectuurinstituut


PIER VITTORIO AURELI | Architectural Association 

ERIK SWYNGEDOUW |University of Manchester


PhD Participants

Piero Sassi | Nancy Couling | Sante Simone | Mejrema Zatric | Christina E. Crawford | Adeola Enigbokan | Michael Klein | Luisa Otti | Rui Aristides | Mara Ferreri | Barbara Elisabeth Ascher | Julia Wedel | Federico Venturini | Ersilia Verlinghieri | Isis Nuñez Ferrera | Bo Tang |  Naama Blatman-Thomas | Tomaz Pipan | Sharóne L. Tomer | Sheikh Serajul Hakim 


Selected papers will be published in the journal Places subject to peer review and editorial evaluation.

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For locations:



26.02 | 1500-1800 | Room CG42 | 35 Marylebone Road NW1 5LS


27.02 | 0900-1800 | Room MG14 | 35 Marylebone Road NW1 5LS


28.02 | 0900-1800 | Pavilion (First Floor) | 115 New Cavendish St., W1W 6UW 

Organisational Committe

Barbara Elisabeth Ascher | Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Norway

Isis Nuñez Ferrera | School of Architecture and the Built Environment, University of Westminster

Michael Klein | Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria

Have questions about SCIBE PhD Conference 2013 | Within the Limits of Scarcity? Contact SCIBE | Creativity and Scarcity in the Built Environment

When & Where

University of Westminster | Marylebone Campus
35 Marylebone Rd
NW1 5LS London
United Kingdom

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 2:30 PM - Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 7:00 PM (PST)

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SCIBE | Creativity and Scarcity in the Built Environment


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: LondonOslo, Reykjavik, and Vienna. More details of the project can be found at:

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