The Forms of Urban Hospitality

A symposium organised by Metrolab at Decoratelier, on May 31st, in the framework of KunstenFestivalDesArts.


Recently, major issues for contemporary cities, such as migration crises, endemic poverty, ethnic and religious stigmatisation, gender inequalities, disability of the elderly and disenfranchisement of the youth (...) have led scholars and practitioners to reflect on values such as inclusion and hospitality, in the design and the practical layout of urban spaces.
But what exactly does "urban hospitality" mean? What are the distinctive features and forms of an hospitable urban space?
These questions, which are addressed in Metrolab’s last book Designing Urban Inclusion (2018) for what regards concrete urban projects, echo in the concept and the design of Jozef Wouters’s Underneath Which Rivers Flow, where they find a poetic interpretation.
This symposium is an attempt to start a dialogue on the forms of urban hospitality between sociologists, architects, urban planners and artists. It will be followed by the performance of UWRF and the discovery of Decoratelier’s "secret garden" (The performance is sold out, but there is a waiting list.)


Detailed Programme:

14:00-14:15 Introduction

14:15-14:45 Joan Stavo-Debauge (EPFL, Lausanne) — What is urban hospitality ?
15:00-15:30 Mathieu Berger & Benoit Moritz (Metrolab) — The "inclusive enclave" as a concept and as a form.

15:45-16:00 Pause

16:00-16:30 Menna Agha (University of Antwerp) — Liminal publics, marginal resistance.
16:45-17:15 Jozef Wouters — Reflexions on "Underneath Which Rivers Flow" ’s secret garden

17:15-18:00 Discussion
18:00 End of Symposium

19:00 Performance of "Underneath Which Rivers Flow"

To know more about"Underneath Which Rivers Flow" click here. file Photo: Pieter Dumoulin

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