CityLAB IV summer school on "The City as a Market Place" (application deadline 15 April)

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Summer Program
June 27, 2016 to July 1, 2016
Subject Fields: 
Architecture and Architectural History, Economic History / Studies, Geography, Urban Design and Planning, Urban History / Studies

The Urban Studies Institute of the University of Antwerp organises for the fourth time the summer school CityLab. This year's edition focuses on the changing role, form and structure of retail in cities.


Postgraduates, PhD students and professionals in urban studies or related fields (including urban planning, urban history, architecture, urban economics, urban sociology).

Course description:

Throughout history, cities have been concentrations of exchange activity and urban areas have been home to a varied range of retail facilities and markets. Indeed, cities have often developed in tandem with market and retail activities, and they have even been imagined as a type of markets altogether. Today’s retail landscape is characterized by the presence of large retail chains and global brands, out-of-town developments, the rise of e-commerce, but also by artisan stores and local food markets. Issues related to retail include access to healthy food, precarious labour conditions, congestion, landscape pollution and rising consumerism, and it is clear that no single academic field can grasp the topic of urban retail in its entirety.

This interdisciplinary summer school on ‘The City as a Market Place’ aims to discuss a wide range of issues related to retail in cities today and in the past. Participants are taken on a journey through a selection of topics including retail accessibility, ethnic entrepreneurship and urban design. The historical focus ensures that discussions take into account the wider context, and two field trips link theory to practice. This summer school offers a truly interdisciplinary look at the important topic of urban retail and its many facets.

Registration fee?

€ 300

Includes orientation and course material, coffee breaks, lunches and farewell dinner. Does not include housing.

Application details?

Online through the website (see below). The application deadline is 15 April. Candidates can apply by sending a letter explaining personal motivation and interest in the programm (200-300 words) and their CV. A maximum of 25 students will be allowed to the summer school.

More Information

Contact Info: 

Dr. Thomas Vanoutrive
Urban Studies Institute
University of Antwerp