Congress in 2021: Responsive Cities – Adapting under pressure

June 2021, Online

The 2021 Academy Congress focused on the city of Edinburgh explored issues relating to the measures that cities take to thrive in spite of pressures.  

We will soon post materials from the Congress on this site for ticket holders. We will contact you by email soon with details.

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The Annual Congress is an inspiring, thought-provoking and entertaining opportunity to exchange ideas and hear leading-edge thinking from urbanists around the globe.

It is an opportunity to embed the Academy within a city and utilise the assembled expertise of Academicians to tackle live local issues through hands-on workshops, walking tours and discussions.

Influential contributors to Congress include Charles Montgomery, Happy City; Richard Florida, thought leader and Author; Tina Saaby, former City Architect, Copenhagen; Prof Robert Adams, Director of City Design, City of Melbourne; Jaime Lerner, former Mayor of Curitiba; Sue Riddlestone CBE, CEO of Bioregional; Tinna Nielsen, Founder of Move the Elephant for Inclusiveness; Prof Miren Azkarate, Lead Councillor for Culture, San Sebastián; Anette Galskjøt, Chief Executive, International Federation for Housing and Planning.

The success of Congress owes as much to the background and passions of its participants as to the insights and inspiration of the invited presenters.

Past Congresses

2006

Copenhagen
The Inaugural Congress

2007

Dublin
Space Place Life

2008

Sheffield
The Founder Congress

2009

NewcastleGateshead
The Knowledge City

2010

Manchester
The Layered City

2011

Glasgow
The Liveable City

2012

Derry-Londonderry
The Resilient City

2013

Bradford
The Producer City

2014

Bradford
Towards a Greener Urbanism

2015

Birmingham
Health, Happiness and Wellbeing

2016

London
The Future of Urbanism

2017

Aarhus
A New Culture of Urbanism

2018

Cork
Cities on the Rise

2019

Eindhoven
A Place to Call Home

2021

Edinburgh
Adapting Under Pressure

Edinburgh 2021 (online)

There is no denying that, as urbanists, we enjoy travelling and exploring new places, taking in every sight and sound on offer. Sadly for us, the pandemic had put a temporary stop to such opportunities in 2021. Whilst we were not able to pace the streets of Edinburgh in person, the Academy and the City of Edinburgh Council offered the next best thing through these specially curated city centre tours. Take a look at these virtual tours and (re)discover this unique city and its many gems.

1. Extending a living city centre: West End, Fountainbridge, Haymarket  


2. 250 years of responding to pressures: Edinburgh New Town

3. A boulevard to a port burgh: Leith Walk to The Shore 

4. The Old Town renewed: Holyrood to the Castle Esplanade 


Aarhus in 2017

Monocle 24 joined the Academy in Aarhus to record a special episode of The Urbanist. Listen back to the recording below.


AoU Congress 2019 – Eindhoven

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