• Klaske Havik TU Delft | Faculty of Architecture
  • Susana Oliveira Faculty of Fine-Arts, Lisbon University



The special issue Writing Urban Places: New Narratives for the European City, marks the culmination of an international research network that delved into the intricate interplay between communities, urban spaces and narratives. At its core, this endeavour introduced an inventive approach aimed at deepening our comprehension of urban communities, their dynamics and their rootedness, all through the lens of narrative methodologies. This collection gives an account of the dynamics of this network of academics, which consists of over 175 individuals from 35 different European countries and a variety of disciplinary backgrounds. As such, the issue offers a conclusion to the Writing Urban Places COST Action while also providing a springboard for further reflections and discussions on urban narratives, and the role these could play in spatial developments in the European city.

Author Biographies

Klaske Havik, TU Delft | Faculty of Architecture


 Klaske Havik  is Action Chair of COST Action Writing Urban Places and professor of Methods of Analysis and Imagination at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. She studied architecture in Delft and Helsinki and literary writing in Amsterdam. She has developed a distinct research approach relating architectural and urban questions, such as the use, experience and imagination of place, to literary language. Her book Urban Literacy: Reading and Writing Architecture (2014) proposes a literary approach to architecture and urbanism. Havik initiated the platform Writingplace and organized the conference Writingplace: Literary Methods in Architectural Research and Design (2013). The resulting book Writingplace: Investigations in Architecture and Literature was published in 2016. Klaske Havik was editor of de Architect and OASE, and initiated the Writingplace Journal for Architecture and Literature in 2017. Havik’s literary work appeared in Dutch literary magazines, her poetry collection Way and Further (2021) appeared in English with RightAngle Publishing. 

Susana Oliveira, Faculty of Fine-Arts, Lisbon University

Susana Oliveira  is Vice Chair of COST Action Writing Urban Places and associate professor at the Faculty of Fine-Arts, Lisbon University, Portugal, where she teaches Drawing, Illustration and other courses. She studied Fine- Arts, has an MA in Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art and a PhD in Communication and Culture and published several articles and books on visual culture. She co-organized the 1st International Conference on Architecture and Fiction – Once Upon a Place, Lisbon 2010, published in book format in 2013, and was a co-proponent of the Writing Urban Places network. She was a visiting scholar at the GSAPP – Columbia University NY in 2014, with postdoctoral research in Architectural Imagination in Fiction Literature, a subject she continues to pursue, namely within Graphic Representation, Book History and Culture and Word & Image Studies. She also works as a freelance illustrator and has published over 25 youth and children’s books. 



How to Cite

Havik, K., & Oliveira, S. (2023). Introduction. Writingplace, (8-9).