26 - 27 septembre 2013

Colloque – Boulevards / Rings and Urban Boundaries in Europe in the 20th – 21st Centuries (part 2)

MICM-arc présente :

Programme Rings & Boulevards (part 2)The Dept. of Design and Architecture at the IAA, in collaboration with the University of Iceland and Université Libre de Bruxelles (Faculty of Humanities & Faculty of Architecture La Cambre Horta), hosts a conference on September 26-27. The conference focuses on the role and influence of the boulevard and ring road on urban development.

The objective of this conference is to create new insights into the historically important urban phenomena, the ring road, from a comparative perspective and a multidisciplinary approach and relating to contemporary urban concerns. The conference will create a forum to reflect on historical and international influences of urban planning strategies and relate to the 1927 ring-road encircling Reykjavík city centre.

In addition to being a part of a traffic network, the ring road connects and divides various parts of the city and thus also defines different territories by creating boundaries, defining the interior and exterior of the ring, centre and periphery. The conference investigates the ring road as a destination and place, planning tool, communicative trajectory and boundary in the urban.

This conference is twofold, its first part was held in May 2013 at International Center for City, Architecture and Landscape (CIVA) dedicated to boulevards/rings from the 19th to the 21st centuries. The second part is hosted by the Iceland Academy of Arts (IAA) in collaboration with the University of Iceland (HÍ) and with the support of the Reykjavik City Planning Department. It is dedicated to boulevards/rings built in the 20th -21st centuries in Europe with emphasis on the local urban, social and political context of Reykjavík.

The conference is open to the public and takes place in English.

Conference programme