20 Oct 2015 - 23 Oct 2015

Walk21 conference

Jezzine_Barracks_Marketing_Image_006-1024x683 The City of Vienna hosts the Walk21 conference from 20 to 23 October 2015. Registration is open for the event focused on resilient cities and healthy living environments, including a focus on walking and the arts. Conference registration (earlybird rates till 14 August) Together with experts from around the globe the conference will share insights and expertise on how to step ahead and become a walkable city. The Walk21 Conference brings together experts from the fields of walking promotion, research, policy, planning and delivery. It is an opportunity to learn from international experience and to showcase local challenges and solutions. The conference will be attended by more than 700 delegates from all continents. The four main conference themes are:
  • Walking towards new public spaces
  • Walking towards resilient cities
  • Walking towards safety and health
  • Walking together
Voting has now closed for the submitted 'Walking Visionaries' projects. You can check out the winners here In the Walking and the Arts category, here are a few more shortlisted projects in Europe and Asia which caught our eye:
  • SidewaysSideways is an open festival format for contemporary art and spatial practices. The backbone of the festival is an expedition on foot, spanning several weeks and creating a collaborative meeting ground where artists and audiences can explore issues regarding space, time & movement. After an acclaimed edition in Belgium in 2012, Sideways is at the lookout for fertile ground for a next journey.
  • The «Agency for Walking Culture» in Zurich, Switzerland, focuses on artistic projects in the field of walking. The aim is to explore an embodied active learning of urban space. For that the Agency invites people to participate in «conceptual walks».
  • Finding Ghosts: Walking backwards into the future is a collaborative multi site project, using augmented reality to create a layered narrative of site across time. The project has so far been presented in Dunedin, Auckland, Copenhagen and has also intervened into another walking project "Long Time No See?".
  • The Walking Institute, a peripatetic school for the human pace is based in Huntly, Scotland - it explores, researches and celebrates the human pace. Working with artists from across the globe, it brings walking activities together with arts and other disciplines as well as people from all walks of life.
Image: Jezzine Barracks, Australia, winner in the 'Planning and Design for Liveable Public Spaces' category