Transdisciplinary research on contemporary social challenges

Dialogues franco-lusophenes: cities in times of democratic and climatic crises

The event “Dialogues franco-lusophenes: cities in times of democratic and climatic crises” held in Paris on June 29th and 30th brought together researchers in architecture, urban planning, law, geography, and other areas of social sciences, with the aim of addressing in an interdisciplinary, international, and comparative manner the challenges faced by cities in the global context.

Initiated more than 10 years ago as part of the collaboration between France and Brazil, this was the seventh Dialogue conducted, thus expanding the interrelations within the Franco-Lusophone world.

Each edition focuses on the future of cities, both in the north and in the south, and examines the climatic, social, economic, political, and cultural challenges they face. The diversity of urban realities in these two cultural and linguistic areas provides a broad spectrum of situations conducive to reflection, perspective, and transnational exchange.

Previous editions have explored topics such as the right to the city, the relationship with nature, innovation, metropolises, and the role of public space in the construction of the contemporary city. Following this critical approach and with the purpose of consolidating common narratives on the urban challenges of the 21st century, the 2023 edition focused on urban dynamics in times of democratic and climatic crises through transdisciplinary dialogues.

One of the presentations in this edition was “Urban Project, Normative Production, and Instituting Social Practices: Incidences in the Public Space” presented by Gabriela Fauth, a researcher from the Nodes group, and Flávio Bertoldo (Collectif 15 Alors). The authors of this work were also Mirela Fiori, a researcher from Nodes, and Rosângela Lunardelli (UFRJ), an expert in the field of law and urban planning for decades. The developed work examined the impact of instituting social practices on the social and normative production of urban public space, focusing on urban planning projects carried out in the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Lille.

The participation of the Nodes researchers in this event expands the space for discussion, knowledge exchange, and international collaboration of the UOC with other European and Latin American institutions, enabling important debates and strategies to address urban and climatic challenges from an integral and multidisciplinary perspective.

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