Conférence: HAIM YACOBI – 2019-05-08

“Jerusalem as a settler colonial urban space”

Jerusalem \ Al Qudes:
a paradox of settler colonial urbanism

Wednesday 8 MAY 2019 – 11.00

Place Flagey, 19 – 1050 Bruxelles
Local FL.Be1.6

prof. Haïm Yacobi
The Bartlett Development Planning Unit
UCL - University College London

In this presentation I will critically discuss the case of Jerusalem as a settler colonial urban space where architecture, urban design and planning are used as a tool of control. The main theoretical argument to be articulated is that the geopolitics of settler colonial cities have to do with a crossing of scales – from the neighbourhood scale to the city level and then to the colonial apparatuses of the state. This has to do with the impact of borders and territoriality, constructed spatially and politically, which is not diminishing; rather we should pay attention to new scales of paradoxical territorial affiliations and borders that may be flexible but that are still selective on different scales.

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Haim Yacobi is a Professor of Development Planning at the Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL and the Programme Leader of the MSc Health in Urban Development. The main issues that stand in the center of his research interest in relation to the urban space are social justice, health, and colonial planning. His latest books are “Rethinking Israeli Space: Periphery and Identity” (Routledge 2011 with Erez Tzfadia) and “Israel\Africa: a genealogy of moral geography” (Routledge 2016).

APPEL / CALL: Séminaire de recherche / Research seminar (8 Feb 2019)

Étudiants de master, doctorants, chercheurs:
profitez de cette occasion unique pour présenter vos projets de mémoire ou de recherche en cours à des enseignants-chercheurs internationallement reconnus en:

  • histoire & théorie de l’architecture / de l’urbanisme / de l’art
  • valorisation du patrimoine bâti.
  • urban planning
  • landscape studies
  • architectural design
  • architectural / urbanism / art history & theory
  • heritage studies.

Master students, PhD candidates and researchers are invited to discuss their ongoing thesis or research project with international scholars in:

Submissions: 1 page/500 words abstract to by Feb 3rd 2019
Envoyez vos propositions (1 page / 500 mots) à avant le 3 février 2019

Les candidats seront informés le 4 février
Applicants will be informed on Feb 4th 2019

Discussants / discutants:

Seminar “Engaging Communities in Research”

2019-01-15: invitation to Research Seminar at the Faculty of Architecture – ULB

We are pleased to invite you to the seminar “Engaging Communities in Research. Methodologies for Understanding Today Complex Urban Environments”, which will be held on Tuesday the 15th of January 2019 from 9:00 to 15:00 at the Auditorium V. Bourgeois, ULB Faculté d’Architecture La Cambre Horta, Flagey 19.

The seminar is organized within the framework of the research project “TYCO-WSS-Typologies of Institutionalised Co-production of Water and Sanitation Services in the Urban South”, promoted by Universitè libre de Bruxelles-Architecture La Cambre-Horta and the Université de Liège

It will explore a variety of participatory approaches addressing the interaction between communities and the environment they live in. The objective is to open up a wider reflection regarding the use of participatory methodologies for scientific research. Different methods will be explored, coming from pedagogy and anthropology, artistic disciplines, participatory mapping, which are the main domains of the experts invited to the seminar.

The seminar will be in English and it is open to the public. For logistical reasons, we would ask to everyone interested to participate, to please send an e-mail to Giuseppe Faldi <> and Federica Natalia Rosati <> by Thursday the 10th of January 2019.

Researchers and research supervisors: Luisa Moretto (ULB), Jacques Teller (ULg), Giuseppe Faldi (ULB), Federica Natalia Rosati (ULB/ULg)

Through Local Eyes – International Conference

The conference « Through Local Eyes: Place-based approaches to emerging architectural, urban design and planning challenges in Africa and the Global South » finished few days ago. The organising committee would once again like to thank all the participants for making this event so stimulating and exciting. We hope to continue the discussion started with each of you and we wish you all the best in your research activities.

Looking forward to meet each of you again,


Quelques jours sont déjà passés depuis que la conférence s’est achevée et l’ensemble du comité d’organisation souhaiterait encore une fois remercier tous les participants, qui ont rendu cet évènement aussi stimulant et passionnant ! Nous espérons pouvoir continuer le dialogue entamé avec chacun d’entre vous et vous souhaitons le meilleur dans vos recherches. Encore merci !

Dans l’attente de revoir chacun d’entre vous,

Credits Photo © Nebiyu Sultan, EiABC, 2018

Through Local Eyes – International Conference (29 – 31 October 2018)

The HABITER center is part of the organizing team of conference “Through Local Eyes: Place-based approaches to emerging architectural, urban design and planning challenges in Africa and the Global South”.

The conference is a joint initiative of research groups working in the Université libre de Bruxelles, the University of Addis Ababa and the Université de Liège, and will take place at the UNCC-AA, the UN-ECA’s Conference Center, in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), from the 29th to the 31th October 2018.

Our conference is conceived as a platform for researchers, PhD students, academics, decisions makers and practitioners whose work engage local approaches to the built environment at different scales in the Global South and in particular in Africa.

We encouraged contributions developing place-based approaches to emerging architectural, urban design and planning challenges in Africa and the Global South, with a twofold objective. First, to explore the possibility of overcoming Western-based dominant approaches to urban planning and development, testing alternative visions and paradigms. Second, to question the tendency towards replicating and reproducing of strategies borrowed from metropolitan contexts to different urban settings, especially allegedly backward territories. We particularly appreciated contributions that are based on an empirical confrontation with reality and that aim to:

  1. singling out site-based local/urban practices and development strategies, emphasizing their adaptation/conformity/proximity to their specific geographic setting (rural, suburban, urban, metropolitan, …);
  2. challenging the assumptions of modernist and/or dominant architectural and planning theories and their use in situations radically different from those for which such theories were devised in the first place;
  3. testing and formulating new and unforeseen concepts, theories, research paradigms stemming from the specific “urbanities” of Africa and the Global South.

For more informations :


The study centre HABITER in collaboration with the Thematic Graduate College “Architecture, Urbanism, and Architectural and Urban Engineering”, invites you to assist to the PhD seminar that will take place next Thursday 6 September 2018 (4pm to 6pm)

Three PhD candidates enrolled in the FNRS Graduate College in the “art of construction and town planning” will present the state of advancement of their work to our special guest interlocutor Professor Murray Fraser, Bartlett School of Architecture, University College of London and to Professors Victor Brunfaut and Axel Fisher from The Faculty of Architecture La Cambre – Horta.

The invited speakers are:

– Federica Natalia Rosati (Université libre de Bruxelles, University of Liége): Investigating geographies of co-production of water and sanitation services in Hanoi, Vietnam

– Julien Rippinger (Université libre de Bruxelles): Descriptive Geometry and Computer Graphics: Towards the Formulation of an Algorithmic Thinking of Graphic Action

– Xavier Van Rooyen (University of Liége): Closed Form versus Open Form: A Possible Reading of Contemporary Architecture

A description of the three presentation can be found here

The seminar will be held in English, and it is free and open to the public.

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