The Ideal City: between myth and reality

Representations, policies, contradictions and challenges for tomorrow's urban life


The RC21 Conference 2015 will be hosted by the School of Social and Political Sciences – Department of Economics, Society, and Politics at the University of Urbino Carlo Bo, Italy.


The conference will take place at the University of Urbino Carlo Bo.

The venue is: Polo Volponi (ex-Magistero) Via A. Saffi, 15 – 61029 Urbino (PU), Italy.

Sessions A1 and B1 will be hosted by ISIA, the “Higher School of Graphics and Editorial Design”, (where also the social dinner will take place) in the Monastry of Santa Chiara, via Santa Chiara 36, a few minutes walk from the University.


The registration for the RC21 2015 conference on “The Ideal City: between Myth and Reality” to be held in Urbino 27-29 August 2015 is open.

Please follow the link, click here. From May 16th, 2015 registration is possible as “Late birds”. 

Important: The RC21 “social dinner” will take place at the courtyard of the Monastry of Santa Chiara now seat of ISIA, the “Higher School of Graphics and Editorial Design” on August 28th 2015.

Thursday 27th August 2015

9:30 – 14:00 Registration

14:00 – 14:30 Welcome by Eduardo Marques (ISA-RC21 President), Vilberto Stocchi (Rector), Representative of the Municipality, Yuri Kazepov (Chair RC21 Urbino Committee)

14:30 – 16:00  Opening Plenary: David Harvey “The urbanization of our Discontents” – Chair: Eduardo Marques – Aula Magna

16:00 – 16:30 – Coffee break – Level A

16:30 -18:30 Sessions:

Special Session
Author meets critics / 1 “A. Harding, T. Blokland (2014), Urban Theory. A critical introduction to power, cities and urbanism in the 21st century, Sage.” Discussant: Adrian Favell – Room Sala Lauree

19:00 – 20:30 – Welcome drink – Venue: Data

Friday 28th August 2015

09:00 -11:00 – Sessions

Special Session
Author meets critics / 2 “A. Andreotti, P. Le Galès, F.J. Moreno-Fuentes (2014), Globalised Minds, Roots in the City: Urban Upper-middle Classes in Europe. Wiley-Blackwell” Discussants: Claire Colomb, Jan Willem Duyvenduk, Paolo Perulli, Chair: Adrian Favell – Room Sala Lauree

Special Session
Author meets critics / 3 “R. Keil, P. Hamel (2015) Suburban governance: a global view. Toronto University Press” Discussants: Federico Savini and Stijn Oosterlynck- Room C5

11:00 -11:30 – Coffee Break – Level A

11:30 -12:30 – IJURR Lecture. Ayse Caglar and Nina Glick Schiller “Migrants between Myth and reality: Displacement, dispossession and city making” – Aula Magna

12:30 -13:30 – Lunch Break

13:30 – 15:30 – Sessions

Special Session
Author meets critics / 4 “P. Watt, P. Smets (2015) Mobilities and neighbourhood belonging in cities and suburbs. Palgrave” Discussant: Lynda Cheshire – Room Sala Lauree

15:30 -16:30 – Plenary Lecture. Raquel Rolnik “From the ideal city to urban warfare: the colonization of housing and urban land by global finance” – Aula Magna

16.30 – 17.00 – Coffee Break

17:00 – 19:00 – Sessions

19:30 – Conference dinner – Venue: Monastero di Santa Chiara – ISIA

Saturday 29th August 2015

09:00 -11:00 – Sessions

11:00 – 11:30 – Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:30 – Plenary Closing Session. Susan Fainstein and Peter Marcuse “Is the ideal city also just?” Chair: John Logan – Room C1

12:30 – 13:00 – Closing remarks and announcements  – Room C1

15:00 – 17:00 – Cultural programme 
1 option – Visit to Palazzo Ducale*
                   (with English speaking guide)
………………(max 30 participants)

2 option – A walking social tour of Urbino*
                   (Dr. Eduardo Barberis)
(*) fees apply.


The venue

Urbino is Unesco World Heritage for being a Renaissance jewel. The Duke Palace – today seat of the National Gallery of the Marche – host the famous painting “The Ideal City”. The picturesque walled town hosted the renowned Court of the Duke Federico and was hometown to the painter Raphael. The University, founded in 1506, hosts a School of Sociology and Social Work, legacy of half‐a‐century tradition of social studies.

Urbino had for long the ambition of being an ideal city. The special relationship between its’ rector Carlo Bo (in office for 54 years!) and the world renowned architect Giancarlo De Carlo (who defined the master plan of Urbino in the early sixties and built several important buildings) produced a unique context (or “project”) in which the City and the University are strongly intertwined. Discussing about the ideal city here acquires therefore a special meaning and an opportunity to rethink urban studies from the perspective of their interdisciplinary nature where the project and the built environment intersect with realities.

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