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What does your urban future include?

An openness to futurity is the challenge facing all the arts, sciences, and humanities; the degree of openness is an index of one’s political alignments and orientations, of the readiness to transform. - Elizabeth Grosz, Architecture from the Outside: Essays on Virtual and Real Space.

As a research and research creation centre embedded within the Faculty of Fine Arts, at the Institute for Urban Futures our overarching goal is to make space for critical and creative inquiry and learning about and with the contemporary urban condition. Our work is to amplify, initiate, and cultivate research and research creation projects that directly connect students, faculty, and researchers alike with a diversity of urban actors, urban histories, current urban developments, debates, and community, social, art and design practices regarding the future of cities. Between 2018 and 2020 we turn our 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.

What does your urban future include? What do we need to be able to imagine, through our research and research creation projects, possible urban futures that are radically inclusive, just, resilient and sustainable?

If you have a project or ideas for collaborations and partnerships we look forward to hearing from you. Get in touch with us at

And finally, I invite you to take some time to explore our website and get to know our core IUF team, our 2018-19 futurists in residence, the inaugural graduate research fellow program, newly established advisory board, and our public events. We have also put in place a governance structure where you can find information about how to become a core IUF faculty member or affiliate. It promises to be a future full of fabulation.

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Shauna Janssen
Director, Institute for Urban Futures

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