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Workshop Urban Laboratories: towards a Science and Technology Studies (STS) of the Built Environment
Thursday 5 and Friday 6 November
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Maastricht University, the Netherlands
Organized by the Manchester Architecture Research Centre and Maastricht Virtual Knowledge Studio
Such a shift allows for a more ethnographic investigation of laboratory dynamics and creates awareness of the heterogeneity of urban laboratories: besides academic research institutions, it might also be productive to investigate policy think tanks, planning departments, economic development agencies, architectural firms and creative clusters as urban laboratories.
Despite increasing references to the notion of laboratory in specific urban development and policy projects, sustained research on the role of these and other laboratories in shaping and transforming our cities is almost absent. This seems to reflect a broader trend in STS: after foundational work in the 1970s and 1980s that investigated the socio-cultural and technical context of knowledge production, this once active field of laboratory studies is now rather neglected (Kohler 2008) and Karin Knorr Cetina?s hope in a 1995 review essay that laboratory studies could be further extended by investigating ?processes of laboratorization? (163) in a variety of settings has hardly been realized.
This workshop aims to contribute to this extension by revisiting the theoretical notion of laboratory and by investigating the ways in which this notion can be productively put to work in our analysis of the urban built environment. Three dimensions are central in this regard:
For a full call for papers, please see: http://www.fdcw.org/maastrichtvks/2009/04/workshop-urban-laboratories-to.htm