International Conference

International Conference on Placemaking – Évora , 14-15 March 2024

Conference Programme

Detailed Programme of the Conference

Short Programme

Short Programme of the Conference

PlayAct Project 

PLAY/ACT- Placemaking as Youth Activism is an Erasmus+ project which intends to achieve two of the main goal: 

-The implementation of a livelong learning course on Placemaking aimed at university students and the development of Placemaking Projects in four different cities in Europe: Évora (Portugal), Mérida (Spain), Matera (Italy) and Budapest (Hungary).

Placemaking refers to processes by which people collaboratively shape and design public spaces to maximize shared values and promote community revitalization.

PlayACT Call for Papers

This requires transdisciplinary and community-based approaches, a strong relationship with the place and a process of dialogue and negotiation with local stakeholders, contributing to the development of entrepreneurship and of civic and political activism on the part of young students. 

In this International conference we aim to invite other perspectives,experiences and practices related to placemaking and its relation with young people, cities, local communities and the societal challenges of contemporaneity. We invite scholars, young scholars, and independent researchers, urban agents, NGO’s representatives that would like to share and present their projects, perspectives and studies on placemaking.


  • Leonel Alegre, UÉ-HERCULES / IN2PAST
  • Daniela Salazar IHA-NOVA/IN2PAST
  • Natália Melo UÉ-IHC

Scientific Committee

  • Daniela Salazar (_ARTERIA_LAB)
  • David Ruah (Community Impact)
  • Angela Dibenedetto (MATERAHUB)
  • Blanca Monge (Junta de Extremadura)
  • Antonio Gordillo (Universidad de Extremadura)
  • Krisztina Kovács (KÉK)


Submission of proposals: until February 7, 2024

Notification of acceptance: February 12, 2024

Conference March 14 and 15, 2024, Évora, Portugal

Post-conference Placemaking event: March 16, 2024, Évora, Portugal

We are pleased to announce that we already have the guest speaker for our international conference.

This is Professor Ali Madanipour, from the University of Newcastle, an international reference in the field of architecture and urban planning.

Professor Ali Madanipour is an architect (MArch and PhD) with a diverse background, having practiced, researched, and taught architecture, urban design and planning. Throughout his career, he has earned recognition for his work through design and research awards, collaborating with academic and municipal partners globally.

Madanipour has held prestigious visiting positions at renowned institutions worldwide. Notably, he served as the City of Vienna Senior Visiting Professor at the Technical University of Vienna in 2010, the Wits-Claude Leon Distinguished Scholar at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg in 2011, and as a Visiting Professor at the Polytechnic of Milan in 2015.

His research interests center around the design, development, and management of cities, particularly focusing on understanding urban spaces, their social and psychological significance, the influential processes shaping them, the agents responsible for urban change, and the implications of such transformations for marginalized social groups and the environment.


Among his numerous published works, some notable books include “Cities in Time: Temporary Urbanism and the Future of Cities” (2017, Bloomsbury), co-editing the “Handbook of Planning Theory” (2017, Routledge), co-editing “Reconsidering Localism” (2015, Routledge), “Urban Design, Space, and Society” (2014, Palgrave-Macmillan), and co-editing “Public Space and the Challenges of Urban Transformation in Europe” (2014, Routledge). His work has been translated into multiple languages, including French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Persian, and Spanish.