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Organizing and designing affectice spaces in projective cities
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2665-0233
2015 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

For 54% of the global population, living, working and playing takes place in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to 66% by 2050. Considering the importance of cities, it is understandable that organization scholars have become interested in the way organizing is translated into ongoing actions and how these actions are assembled in the city context. This paper proposes a conceptual vocabulary allowing to incorporate analysis of the complexity of city management endeavours. Our group of researchers followed the materialization of a large cultural development initiative. In our conducted studies we refused to treat the city as a stable and separate entity; rather, we saw it as a meshwork connecting heterogeneous components without homogenizing. This multiplicity is especially obvious in the cultural arena on which various activities are meshed together, resulting in an overflow of cultural expressions. Such expressions are meant to entertain, provoke and instil reflexivity among the citizens, but also raise the question of how they can be managed. In the studied case; public, private and voluntary initiatives became assembled and repeatedly translated into what we call projectified practices. Such practices included creation of a temporary organization as a way to manage short-term activities, but also construction of affective spaces as a way to strategize long-term investments related to urban design as a whole. These practices opened for new collaborative efforts, but also resulted in new excluding mechanisms, typical for what can be called a projective city. 

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Keyword [en]
meshworks, projectified practices, affective spaces, projective cities
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Business Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-122274OAI: diva2:938114
APROS/EGOS Research Conference "Spaces, Constraints, Creativities: Organization and Disorganization", Dec 9-11 2015, Sydney, Australia
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, P 12-0973:1
Available from: 2016-06-16 Created: 2016-06-16 Last updated: 2016-06-16

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