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The Future of Cities Programme

Rethinking the city as a flexible and dynamic space

The Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities seeks to re-think the city, in theory and practice, as a flexible and evolving space that better responds to contemporary urban challenges.

The understanding of the urban, whether in theory or practice, stands at a turning point. Cities over the world face complex and rapidly evolving challenges. Addressing them requires ingenuity and versatility, whether in policymaking, investment decisions or everyday livelihoods.

The Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities aims towards rethinking the city as a flexible and dynamic space that better responds to evolving circumstances. The focus on the flexible city presents scholars, policymakers, investors and the public at large with an inherently interdisciplinary perspective and multi-faceted approach to question contemporary concepts, methodologies and policies towards urban change. It asks:

  • Conceptually, what does flexibility mean in different contemporary urban contexts and for whom are cities made flexible?
  • Methodological tools and perspectives can enable us to look beyond the rigidity of mainstream models for urban development, governance and livelihoods?
  • Can concepts and methods for a flexible city reveal the contested nature of places in progressive and pragmatic ways that are useful in practice?
  • What are the benefits and limits of flexible urbanism from a policy and practice point of view?

Find out more about the programme here.

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