July 2, 2018 - Comments Off on Dutch Design Award Winner

Dutch Design Award Winner

The UrgentCity project was awarded a Dutch Design Award in the Design Research category.

As the jury explained:

In the extremely dynamic context of the urban domain where many interests are at stake, a well-developed vocabulary and conceptual framework are essential.

As the UrgentCity team we are very happy that the project's approach resonates an urgent need and look forward to continue developing UrgentCity in the future.

August 20, 2017 - Comments Off on UrgentCity at Strelka Institute

UrgentCity at Strelka Institute

On the 15 and 16 of August, Amateur Cities ran a workshop at Strelka Institute, called A New Vocabulary - How to talk about Urbanism, based on the format we developed for the UrgentCity project. It was great to see how the meaning of words changes in different geographical and socio-political context and have a bit of insight on what young people in Moscow think about urbanism.

Read more about the workshop on the Strelka website or have a look at the pictures.

UrgentCity workshop at Strelka Institute by Amateur Cities. Photo by Luba Kozorezova.

We would like to thank Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie for making it possible.

November 10, 2016 - Comments Off on PUBLIC PROGRAM


Tomorrow UrgentCity event kicks off at La Palazzina Reale in Florence. Join us for two intense days of workshops and discussions on the vocabulary of urban challenges.

Four thematic discussions will encourage several multidisciplinary groups of 6-7 guests to confront each other in couples or threes to discuss urban challenges in relation to the proposed umbrella topics: New Ecologies, Urban Assets, Digital Toolkit and New Collectives.

During several workshop sessions spread over 2 days and two thematic sections (words & stories) we aim to collectively reflect on the changes in contemporary vocabulary, the ways in which they influence the discourse on urban environment and explore possibilities of actively shaping both the way we communicate and live.

During the event a series of interviews, conducted with experts from Italy and the Netherlands, as a part of the research for this project, will be screened at the entrance hall of La Palazzina Reale. You can watch the whole series during the event or at urgentcity.eu


12.00 – 13.00
Welcome word by: Cristina Ampatzidou, Ania Molenda – Amateur Cities and Gianpiero Venturini – New Generations.

13.30 – 15.30
Taking as a starting point the shortlist of terms submitted through an open call earlier this year the workshop will focus on refining that list and defining core terms and concepts, which will be used to construct narratives in the workshop
session on saturday.
*upon invitation only

16.00 – 17.00
How is our relationship with nature shaped and re-shaped through the language? Discussion with Mathijs de Bruin, Alice Buoli, Zoe De Luca, Piero Pelizzaro, Giannozzo Pucci, Angelo Renna and Joshua Thies moderated by Chris Luth.

17.30 – 18.30
How is value assessed in urban environments and who decides about it? Discussion with Barbara Asselberghs, Tiziano Bonini, Rebekka Kiesewetter, Miloš Kosec, Judith Lekkerkerker, Diego Luna and Fiona Shipwright moderated
by Chris Luth.

19.00 – 20.00
Trapped between global challenges that seem to overpower us, it is easy to feel incapable of the much-needed radical change. During his keynote Franco Berardi will reflect on how to turn our impotence in possibility.

20.00 – 21.30


10.00 – 13.00
This session will consist of two parts: trial for words and narrative creation. The first part will focus on debating layered meanings and associations of terms that are used and abused in contemporary urban discourse. The second will address the creation of narratives inspired by the terms and the outcome of the previous exercises.
*upon invitation only

15.00 – 16.00
How does the language of technology shape the way we live? Discussion with Marco Brizzi, Alex Fabregas, Inte Gloerich, Jacopo Marello, Pierre Paslier, Tim Terpstra and Katía Truijen moderated by Chris Luth.

16.30 – 18.00
How can we define collective visions of living together? Discussion with Esaú Acosta Pérez, Stefan Aue, Chayma Drira, Frank Keizer, Elena Malara, Arabella Natalini and Elena Ostanel moderated by Chris Luth.

18.00 – 19.00
What lessons can we take home and how can we shape the language of urban challenges? – Final discussion between the invited guests, organizers and the audience moderated by Chris Luth.

October 16, 2016 - 10,486 comments

Join us in Florence!

On the 11 & 12th of November we will be in Florence together with 30 professionals in the fields of architecture, urbanism, art, sociology, media studies, geography and more for two days of workshops, round table discussion and keynote presentations. We will be looking at issues related to language and vocabulary and how they condition the ways we perceive and address urban issues. Full program to be announced soon.

September 14, 2016 - 11,354 comments

backstage interviews

UrgentCity - interviews backstage with Marleen Stikker.

President and co-founder of Waag Society, Marleen Stikker points out that if we would go back to what our values are we could re-think and re-define terms together.

"At the moment we use language to exclude each other and that should change, we need to use the same vocabulary. If we would go back to what our values are, we could re-think and redefine terms together."


#urgentcity #newvocabulary #sfidedellecittà

July 27, 2016 - 8,259 comments

backstage interviews

UrgentCity - interviews backstage with Daniele Fanzini and Flaviano Celaschi

Another interpretation of the New Vocabulary, this time by Daniele Fanzini and Flaviano Celaschi, experts in project anticipation in the architectural field.

"It is important to create a specific taxonomy to each sector. At Politecnico di Milano we did a project in this direction: a competitive intelligence system applied to the construction sector. To define this taxonomy was a challenging process, were we involved experts from different disciplines"
Daniele Fanzini


"It would be interesting to imagine something along the line of Second Life: a vocabulary that is a digital imaginary world and mirrors the real one. Being digital, this vocabulary could be participatory and would be enriched and modified in real time from all over the world. It could be interpreted by any culture and in any language."
Flaviano Celaschi

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June 27, 2016 - 9,764 comments

Open call winners

We are very excited to announce the winners and honourable mentions of our open call for a New Vocabulary of Terms!

The jury, composed by Esaú Acosta Pérez - Founding Partner of Vivero de Iniciativas Ciudadanas (VIC), Marco Brizzi - Founding Partner and Director of Image, Daphne Dragona - Independent media art curator and  Marina Otero - Head of Research at Het Nieuwe Instituut,  convened on June 24th and decided to assign 3 prizes and 3 honorable mentions.

Alicia Lazzaroni and AnTonio BerNacchi - Architects
Miloš Kosec - Architect
Angelo Renna - Architect

Honourable mentions:
Áine Ryan - Architect
Daniele Fanzini - Researcher
Maria Moncada - Architect

We would like to thank all the participants, who with their inspiring submissions helped to build a base for the vocabulary of terms.

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May 12, 2016 - 10,241 comments

Open call for terms

To tackle urban challenges we first need to understand them, no matter if we are scientists, designers, florists, lawyers, community workers or doctors – we are all citizens. To talk about the future of our cities, we need to build a shared-common language.

We would like to invite you to create this New Vocabulary of Terms together with us. Respond to our 'open call for terms', help us to build the new vocabulary of terms and get a chance to join our public event in Florence this November. Follow the link to fill in the form and submit your selection of words. It won’t take more than 5 minutes!

The deadline for submissions is June 5 2016 (24:00 GTM + 1).


January 12, 2016 - 11,896 comments

UrgentCity project kicks off

New Generations and Amateur Cities are pleased to introduce UrgentCity: Towards a New Vocabulary of Terms.  Our project has been selected as one of the 5 winning projects in the open call "Sfide Urbane" of the Olandiamo Programme of the Dutch Embassy in Italy. UrgentCity is a research project and program of activities that invites experts from various disciplines and citizens to join forces in order to create a new vocabulary of terms for city making.

Stay tuned, more news to follow soon!
#urgentcity #openvocabulary #newgenerations #amateurcities