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



The special issue Writing Urban Places: New Narratives on 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, hopefully, 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 Biography

Klaske Havik, TU Delft | Faculty of Architecture

Klaske Havik (b. 1975) is an architect and writer. She writes regularly for various magazines in the Netherlands and Nordic countries and is an editor of OASE, Journal for Architecture. As assistant professor of architecture at Delft University of Technology, she currently teaches the master diploma studio Public Realm alongside courses in architecture theory and literature. As part of the Public Realm research group, she co-edited the anthology Architectural Positions: Architecture, Modernity and the Public Sphere, published in 2009. Her PhD research aims at developing a literary approach to architecture and urban regeneration.