Dossier: Creative Urban Methods

Sigrid Merx, Coco Kanters, Michiel de Lange, and Nanna Verhoeff, Introduction: Creative Urban Methods — Generative and Situated Practices for Researching the City

In their introduction to the dossier, Sigrid Merx, Coco Kanters, Michiel de Lange, and Nanna Verhoeff advocate for re-visiting “situated knowledges” and adopting creative approaches for studying the multifaceted nature of contemporary urban life and culture.

Jan van Duppen, Augusto Aneas, Aileen Harvey, Sandra Jasper, Laura Kemmer, and Claudia Andreoli Muniz, Leaks and Rumblings: An Experimental Confluence of (In)Visible Rivers in São Paulo and London

Jan van Duppen, Augusto Aneas, Aileen Harvey, Sandra Jasper, Laura Kemmer, and Claudia Andreoli Muniz investigate two veiled rivers in the cities of Sāo Paulo and London through creative urban experimentation, revealing the intertwined narratives of colonialism, urban planning, and more-than-human life.

Inte Gloerich and Gabriele Ferri, First-Person Speculative Fabulation: A Workshop Method for Times of Crisis

Inte Gloerich and Gabriele Ferri investigate the impacts of Covid-related datafication on marginalized urban communities, emphasizing the importance of creativity and imagination in fostering resilience and agency in the face of ongoing and future crises.

Anastasia Hacopian, Flex in the City: A Creative Approach to Urban Ethnography in Rotterdam

Revealing how embracing uncertainties can unlock creative potential, Anastasia Hacopian highlights the significance of flexibility in urban research, using arts-based methods and Instagram to address ethnographic challenges in multicultural Rotterdam.

Karin van Es and Marcel Broersma, Place-Maintenance at the Trevi Fountain

Karin van Es and Marcel Broersma explore the dynamics of place-maintenance through a multifaceted case study of Rome’s Trevi Fountain, employing innovative methods of urban data walking and participatory observation.

Gillian Sonnad and Noortje van Amsterdam, Exploring Fat Embodiment In Urban Space Through ‘Fermented’ Poetic Inquiry

Drawing on an encounter in Amsterdam, Gillian Sonnad and Noortje van Amsterdam examine the intersection of urban spaces with the lived experiences of fat bodies, utilizing autoethnography and poetry to articulate such bodies’ hypervisibility and simultaneous affective invisibility.

Sylvana Jahre and Antonie Schmiz, Behind the Scenes: Reflecting Feminist Approaches in Participatory Mapping

Employing a feminist participatory mapping approach that respects and amplifies the voices of vulnerable communities, Sylvana Jahre and Antonie Schmiz research refugee interaction with urban spaces in Berlin.

Irina van Aalst and Gery Nijenhuis, Closing the Gap: The City Studio as a Creative Method

Irina van Aalst and Gery Nijenhuis present the City Studio as an innovative, creative method that transforms the city into a dynamic, multilayered workshop for co-creating knowledge and designing tangible interventions, transcending traditional academic boundaries.