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PULSE Salon Series

Performative Urbanism as Critical Spatial Practice:
Social and Environmental Justice in the City

January 18th, 2019
17h00 - 19h00
4th Space
Concordia LB Building
1400 De Maisonneuve Ouest
(Guy-Concordia Metro, green line)

Performative Urbanism as Critical Spatial Practice: Social and Environmental Justice in the City is the inaugural event for PULSE Salon, as part of the urban essentials programming.


The Performative Urbanism Lab for Spatial, Social, and Scenographic Experimentation (PULSE) is funded by a Concordia University Research Chair (new scholar, 2018-2023), and focuses on critical design and art practices with and within cities, and approaches performative urbanism as an iterative process and mode of address for rehearsing, experimenting, and developing critical spatial practices (Rendell) that can be embodied across a variety of scales and enacted in the way we live, work, and play in the city. Given the uptake of urban labs and city studios within academe and municipal planning practices, and the widespread interest in “making the city,” what critical role can artists, designers, and researchers play in the production of the urban?

Seasonal Salons

In seeking to address this question and others, PULSE will host a seasonal salon series with a diverse range of artists and researchers engaged in acts of performative urbanism. Drawing loosely from the rich tradition of artistic and academic salons—from early eighteenth-century learned circles and coffeehouses, to the meetings of the Bloomsbury set, to the feminist and artistic gatherings of Gertrude Stein, among others— the PULSE Salon Series assembles artists and researchers who share an interest in performative urbanism as a critical and creative approach to the city. Held seasonally, each salon will address a different theme and/or question related to performative urbanism and its concerns, with artists and researchers gathering around this shared theme / question, and presenting excerpts, perspectives, provocations and vignettes from their work with one another and with an assembled public.

For this inaugural Salon, seven artists and urbanists have been invited to respond to the theme of Performative Urbanism as Critical Spatial Practice: Social and Environmental Justice in the City.

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