At ANCB we have condensed the complexity of the global challenges facing our urban environment into enquiry themes with the aim to frame these abstract issues and to break them down to a level that is conceptually tangible and negotiable with multiple disciplines and, in particular, the public. As a starting point for ANCB’s activities, these themes help define, guide and organise our work and demonstrate our aim to continuously and actively include new partners.
IDENTITY IN PLACE. Reconnecting Built Form with Societal Diversity
This theme examines how built form and spatial typologies might express identity in the present-day era of rapid urbanisation and movement.
RESPONSIVE CITY. Combining Local Knowledge with Digital Systems
This theme explores the innovative use of digital tools and materials to adapt living habits and behaviours, in order for cities to respond better to the challenges of today.
REGIONS ON THE RISE. Rethinking Strategies for Rural Development
This theme aims to identify strategies and create new visions for the development of rural regions of the future. ANCB is not only primarily concerned with urban issues, but has intensified its focus on the future of rural developments since 2010.
NO SPACE WITHOUT TRAITS. Using Interdisciplinary Perspectives to Explore Spatial Character
This theme explores the characteristics of spatial conditions, drawing from the arts, humanities and sciences.
PLANETARY ACTION: BUILDING RESILIENT FUTURES. Regenerating Design - Sharing Knowledge - Transforming Behaviour
This theme explores the impact of architecture, urban design and landscape architecture in improving negotiations between the natural resources and the urgent environmental responsibilities of advanced societies everywhere.
ACTORS AND AGENCY. Co-producing the Built Future
This theme explores the political and spatial toolkit needed to co-produce the future city fostering participatory and subsidiary decision-making about places and cities.