Monday 2 July

Tuesday 3 July

Wednesday 4 July

Thursday 5 July

Friday 6 July

Morning session 1

(9.30 am – 11.00 am)

City aesthetics & citizenship: interdisciplinary perspectives

Bart Eeckhout, Pascal Gielen, Nele Wynants
(Urban Studies Institute & Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts)

Title TBD (arts) 

Gediminas Urbonas


Work in progress

Workshop with students, faculty, special guests showcasing their work in progress


  • Bart Keunen
  • Rob Shields
  • Bart Verschaffel

“Dream and Function: The Metropolis of Roland Barthes and OMA/Rem Koolhaas”

Christophe Van Gerrewey


Title TBD (film studies)

Paolo Favero

(University of Antwerp)

Morning session 2

(11.30 am – 1.00 pm)

Introductory lecture I: “Narrative Imagination and Urban Design”

Bart Keunen & Sofie Verraest

(Ghent University)

Title TBD (arts)

An van Dienderen & Elly Van Eeghem

(School of Arts Ghent)

City Poets: What’s in a Name?

Discussion (TBD)

Concluding lecture: “Tact, Ethical Aesthetics, and the Politics of the City”

Rob Shields
(University of Alberta)







Afternoon session 1

(2.00 pm – 3.30 pm)

Introductory lecture II: title TBD (architecture, ethics & empathy)

Lara Schrijver

(University of Antwerp)

Title TBD (scenographers in urban space)

Sigrid Merx

(University of Utrecht)

& Jozef Wouters

“Beauty and Ugliness in Architecture”

Bart Verschaffel

(Ghent University)

Architectural field trip II

Guided tour and debate at Office for Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam (round trip by train)




(return after 5.30)

Debating city aesthetics & citizenship

Concluding roundtable debate including Rob Shields, Bart Keunen, and the organizers 

Afternoon session 2

(4.00 pm – 5.30 pm)

Student flash presentations

(approx. 5 minutes per person)

Architectural field trip I

Guided visit (by the project’s main architect) to the temporary intervention by Recetas Urbanas @ De Coninckplein

Title TBD

Saskia Sassen

(Columbia University)

Closing Reception

Evening activities

(Various timeslots - TBD)

Opening dinner


Film: The case of Nello & Patrasche

(An van Dienderen, 85’)

Field trip to statue + documentary viewing at Cartoons

Film: Under these words

(Robin Vanbesien, 52’)

Documentary viewing + discussion with director

Reception organized by the Antwerp Summer University @ Felix Pakhuis

(no evening activity)