Located within Concordia’s Faculty of Fine Arts, The Institute for Urban Futures is a research and research creation centre that facilitates transdisciplinary dialogue and exchange on the complex culture of cities. It is a space for bringing together faculty, artists and researchers, visiting artists and scholars, as well as students across the university and greater Montreal community, who seek to actualize and shape the potentiality of urban life – of possible and more just urban futures - through the arts, culture, media, technology, business, architecture and design.
Between 2018 and 2020 the IUF will be turning its focus to developing topical research clusters with an ethos towards social justice and speculative modes of expression within the areas of Performative Urbanism, SmArt Technologies & Inclusive Cities, Social Practice & Community Engagement, Design, Sustainability & the Built Environment, and Urban Research Methodologies.
IUF programming and activities are guided by thematic axes of activism, adaptivity, affectivity, and amplification, and correspond to our essential modes of public outreach and community engagement.
· Activism entails engaging the community directly on urban issues, such as social justice and climate change, as both application and development of new research, which implements concrete change.
· Adaptivity concerns the adaption of research and new technologies to the realities of urban life (ie. smart cities and AI) and communities and vice-versa, wherein the public has a voice in both the implementation and development of new technologies.
· Affectivity concerns the imaginative, aesthetic, sensory, psychological, aspirational and reflective dimensions of urban experience through research creation and the arts.
· Amplification regards stimulating, giving impetus to, and extending the reach and effect of our own and others’ research activities, and the University’s role in urban and community engagement overall, by creating synergies among researchers, actors and University units, and participating in public forums such as websites, social media, lectures, conferences, competitions, publications, and other dissemination avenues.
I/We would like to begin by acknowledging that Concordia University is located on unceded Indigenous lands. The Kanien’kehá:ka Nation is recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters on which we gather today. Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations. Today, it is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples. We respect the continued connections with the past, present and future in our ongoing relationships with Indigenous and other peoples within the Montreal community.
J’aimerais / Nous aimerions commencer par reconnaître que l'Université Concordia est située en territoire autochtone, lequel n’a jamais été cédé. Je reconnais/Nous reconnaissons la nation Kanien'kehá: ka comme gardienne des terres et des eaux sur lesquelles nous nous réunissons aujourd'hui. Tiohtiá: ke / Montréal est historiquement connu comme un lieu de rassemblement pour de nombreuses Premières Nations, et aujourd'hui, une population autochtone diversifiée, ainsi que d'autres peuples, y résident. C’est dans le respect des liens avec le passé, le présent et l'avenir que nous reconnaissons les relations continues entre les Peuples Autochtones et autres personnes de la communauté montréalaise.