Polis Picks: 2012 Urban Events Calendar

Source: The Second International Congress on Ambiance

With the new year under way, many events on architecture, planning and urbanism await. As traveling abroad takes a bit of planning, here is a list of some of the most interesting seminars, conferences and symposiums around the globe. Where will you go this year: Hong Kong, Honolulu, Belgrade, Cape Town?


Non-City, Next-City? From Urban Sprawl to Urban soul in Europe,
Jan. 11, Brussels, Belgium

Sixth International Conference on Design Principles and Practices
Jan. 20-22, Los Angeles, California, United States


Green Development: Sustainable Buildings and Infrastructure
Feb. 2-3, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Urban Transformations: 11th Australasian Urban History Planning History Conference
Feb. 5-8, Perth, Australia

Innovations in Affordable Housing
Feb. 7-10, Gurgaon, India

Cognitive Research on Human Perception of Built Environment for Health and Wellbeing

Feb. 9-10, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India

Nationalism and the City
Feb. 10-11, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Urban and Housing Development Conference 2012
Feb. 15-17, Cape Town, South Africa

Affordable Housing Conference
Feb. 23-24, Singapore

International Conference on Environmentally Sustainable Urban Ecosystems
Feb. 24-26, Guwahati, Assam, India


100th ACSA Annual Meeting: Digital Aptitudes
March 1-3, Boston, Mass., United States

Urban Infrastructure (Hong Kong) 2012,
March 2, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

International Conference on Sustainable Architecture and Urban Design 2012
March 3-5, Penang, Malaysia

Intercity Networks and Urban Governance in Asia
March 8-9, Singapore

Fifth Integrating Cities Conference
March 8-9, Amsterdam, Netherlands

India vs. Bharat : Bridging the Urban-Rural Divide
March 9-10, Pune, Maharashtra, India

Second Global Conference: Urban Popcultures
March 9-11, Prague, Czech Republic

361 Degrees 2012
March 17, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

DiverCity: Towards the Intercultural City
March 26-27, Venice, Italy

Urban Congestion 2012
March 27-28, Sydney, Australia

Financing Low Cost Housing: Africa
March 28-31, Nairobi, Kenya

Reinventing Architecture and Interiors: The Past, the Present and the Future

March 29-30, London, United Kingdom


Designing Place - International Urban Design Conference

April 2-3, Nottingham, United Kingdom

Diversity in Place Film Festival: Urban Explorations
April 7-8, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

First International Conference on Best Practices in World Heritage: Archeology
April 9-13, Menorca, Balearic Island, Spain

Symposium of Urban Systems Research
April 10-13, Vienna, Germany

Design Tactics and the Informalized City

April 13-14, Ithaca, New York, United States

First International Conference on Architecture and Urban Design
April 19-21 Tirana, Albania

How is the Housing System Coping?
April 18-20, York, United Kingdom

ISVS-6 International Seminar on Vernacular Settlements
April 19-21, Famagusta, North Cyprus, Cyprus

Cities vs. Global Challenges
April 26-28, Belgrade, Serbia

Coastal Cities Summit II
April 30 to May 3, St. Petersburg, Florida, United States


Still Architecture: Photography, Vision and Cultural Transmission
May 3-5, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Seventh International Conference on Urban Regeneration and Sustainability, 7 to 9 May 2012, Ancona, Italy.

Resilient Cities 2012

May 12-15, Bonn, Germany

Re-Mixing the City: Towards Sustainability and Resilience?
May 14-16, Schwechat (Vienna's Airport City), Niederösterreich, Austria

International Conference on Urban Design Theory & Practice in Iran since the late 1950s
May 16-18, Sanandaj, Kurdistan, Iran

2012 International Conference on Green Buildings and Optimization Design
May 17-18, Shenyang, Liaoning, China

ICAR 2012 (RE)writing history
May 18-20, Bucharest, Romania

Ninth Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA) Research Student Conference
May 19-20, Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom

May 23-26, Istanbul, Turkey

Live Projects Pedagogy in Architecture

May 24-26 Oxford, United Kingdom


Consuming Istanbul: Space, Spectacle and the Politics of Popular Culture

June 11-22, Istanbul, Turkey

2012 ACSA International Conference: Change, Architecture, Education, Practices
June 20-23, Barcelona, Spain

Housing: Local Welfare and Local Markets in a Globalized World
June 24-27, Lillehammer, Norway

Return to the Street
June 27-28, London, United Kingdom

Sustainable Futures 2012
June 27-30, Kampala, Uganda

World in Denmark 2012: City PLANTastic

June 27-28, Copenhagen, Denmark


World Cities Summit 2012
July 1-4, Singapore

iaSU2012 JAPAN - Second International Conference on Archi-Cultural Translations Through the Silk Road
July 14-16, Nishinomiya, Japan


Eighth International Conference on Urban Climate
Aug. 6-10,  Dublin, Ireland

11th Conference on Urban History: Everyday Life in the Socialist City
Aug. 29 to Sept. 1, Prague, Czech Republic

13th Architecture Biennale
Aug. 29 to Nov. 25, Venice Giardini and Arsenale, Italy


World Urban Forum 6: The Urban Future
Sept. 1-7, Naples, Italy

Fourth International Conference on Harmonization between Architecture and Nature
Sept. 5-7, Kos, Greece

Second International Congress on Ambiances: Ambiances in Action
Sept. 19-22, Montreal, Canada


Space Strategies 2012
Oct. 1-2, San Diego, California, United States


13th World Conference of ACUUS: Underground Space Development - Opportunities and Challenges Nov. 7-9, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism in the Mediterranean and the Middle East – Global Impacts and Local Challenges
Nov. 21-23, Istanbul, Turkey

Sustainability by Design: Breaking the Silos
Nov. 27-30, Auckland, New Zealand

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    Jan. 25-27, Barcelona, Spain