Congress 2022

Cities overcoming challenges

8 - 10 June 2022 – BELFAST

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Cities face many challenges. An uncertain world, laid bare by Covid 19 and the impacts of a climate in crisis, is testing how we use our urban places and what they look like as never before. Whether home working and online shopping or tourism and spaces for cultural production, our cities and towns need to adapt ever more quickly. 


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

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.

Congress 2021 in Edinburgh Study visit: Extending a living city centre: West End, Fountainbridge, Haymarket  

Watch the other study visit films

AoU Congress 2019 – Eindhoven

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

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