• Thursday , 17 October 2019

AoU Conference: Cities on the Rise


Date:     Wednesday,27 June 2018 

Location: Cork

Cost: Please see below. Booking via Eventbrite. Click here

AoU Annual Congress 2018 will take place in Cork, Ireland,  27 – 30 June.

The Annual Congress is an inspiring, thought-provoking and entertaining opportunity to exchange ideas and hear leading-edge thinking from urbanists around the globe. It is an opportunity to embed the Academy within a city and utilise the assembled expertise of Academicians to tackle live local issues through hands-on workshops, walking tours and discussions. The success of our cities has become central to national economies and culture. They are drivers of investment, tourism and migration – the young, the educated, the creative and the rich are being drawn to live and work in urban areas once again.

 As we have seen with Aarhus, Marseille and Rotterdam, the transformation of mid level non-capitals is providing space for new ideas, enterprise, investment and even building types. But how can growth and expansion provide an economy and wellbeing whilst also retaining a distinctive identity?

Where better to explore this than in Cork, Ireland’s great maritime city on the Atlantic rim of Europe. Once the staging post for European emigration to the US, it now sees people and investment flow in the other direction.



Full Congress*             Day Ticket**

Academician / RIAI Member     €290 / £250                  €170 / £147

Young Urbanist                            €160 / £138                  €105 / £90

AoU Member                                €325 / £281                  €210 / £181

Non-Member                                €390 / £337                  €260 / £224


Early bird tickets available now until midnight on 30 April 2018!


Outline programme


Day 1

Wednesday 27 June – 17:00-22:00


Welcome to Cork

Registration and welcome reception


Day 2

Thursday 28 June – 08:30-18:00



Introduction to Cork including presentations, guided city centre walkabouts and visits to outlying neighbourhoods, to set the context.


Thursday 28 June – 19:00-22:00


Evening Reception


Day 3

Friday 29 June – 08:30-17:30


Cities on the Rise

International Congress including presentations, workshops and our keynote address


Friday 29 June – 19:00-00:00


The Congress Dinner

A chance to continue the conversations with old and new friends


Day 4


Saturday 30 June – 09:00-11:30


Exchanging Learning



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