We are pleased to announce that the deadline of abstract submission has been extended up to February 17

Bratislava has been formed by the ideas of Modernism. More than two thirds of its current area has been built in the course of the past one hundred years based on modern architectural and urban planning principles. However, these concepts have only been implemented to a limited extent or in a manner that differed from the authors’ intentions. To a great extent, the reasons for this discrepancy between planning and implementation lie in the social and political changes which the city faced in the past century, as well as in the conflicts of interest of local actors and state administrations and their ideas regarding the forming of the city as national or regional center. The example of the planning and development of Bratislava in the past century is not unique in the European context. On the contrary, to a certain extent it can serve as a model example of the transformation of new centers of successor countries of the former Habsburg monarchy, as well as other European cities.

The aim of the international conference entitled (Un)Planned City is to present these apparently contradictory and paradoxical tendencies in the planning of European cities. We are interested in contributions that will address the broad theme of organized planning and spontaneity in the development of modern cities and not only from the perspective of the history of urbanism, urban planning and architecture, but also from a wider interdisciplinary perspective, touching on philosophy, sociology, political science, geography and anthropology. Studies of specific cities and sites, as well as contributions dedicated to the methodological and theoretical aspects of this topic are welcome. The conference will also attempt to provide space for discussion regarding new possibilities in the presentation and analysis of knowledge on urbanism through interdisciplinary approaches and the use of new technology.



(Un)Planned Bratislava
Contributions will be oriented on the modern planning of Bratislava, analyses of urbanistic and architectural plans and implementations and their wider context in the course of the past century.   

(Un)Planned Metropolises 
Contributions will focus on planning and development, as well as on the overall transformation of the urban structure of new capitals and regional centers in Europe from the late 19th century through the late 20th century.    

History of the (Un)Planned Modern City
Contributions will be oriented on reflections on the history of European urbanism of the 19th and 20th centuries and on the historiography of urbanism in Europe.  

Research and Presentation of the (Un)Planned City
Contributions will focus on theoretical reflections on the mechanisms of modern planning and urban development, as well as on new possibilities for analyzing, modeling and intermediating spatial, social and political transformations of the modern city.   



January 14, 2020
call for abstracts (up to 900 characters including spaces in English)

February 10, 2020 February 17, 2020
deadline for the submission of abstracts

February 17 – March 2, 2020
assessment of abstracts and selection of contributions

March 2, 2020
call for contributions (up to 30,000 characters including spaces)

April 30, 2020
deadline for the submission of contributions

June 17 – June 18, 2020
international conference (Un)Planned City, Institute of History of the Slovak Academy of Sciences
– Faculty of Architecture of the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava


The official conference language is English. Selected contributions will be published in the conference proceedings, which will be published in a monothematic issue of the magazine Architektúra & Urbanizmus (WOS, SCOPUS, CEEOL) in 2020. For communication please use the following address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.