Welcome to the 20th INURA conference!
20th INURA – Conference from 27 to 30 June 2010 in Zurich
The INURA conference 2010 is number 20 after so many brilliant and inspiring meetings in many cities. The jubilee conference is also a look back to urban development of the last 20 years in the metamorphosis of neoliberalisation and globalisation. As a working title we set "the New Metropolitan Mainstream".
Welcome to the place where it all began 19 years ago with a small group of researchers, practitioners and artists who gathered in Zurich to share their experiences and their critical attitude in urban research and action.
"The New Metropolitan Mainstream"
The last 20 years of urban development were marked by enormous urbanisation. Asia, Africa and Latinamerica experienced a tremendous growth of their cities. Besides urban sprawl a huge range of cities and metropolitan regions experienced a reurbanisation and urban renaissance. Globalisation brought about similar developments in inner cities, similar strategies of regeneration and urban transformation, among them culturalisation, privatisation of public goods and liberalisation of housing. Many regions also experienced an ongoing polarisation of urban rich and urban poor. The New Metropolitan Mainstream is found in variations in cities around the globe. The thesis is that there are the same rules that lead to similar results. INURA's New Metropolitan Mainstream project compares the developments of the last 20 years in more than 20 cities. This will be the framework of debates and the discussions of the 20th INURA conference.