The Intricacy of Walking and the City. Methods and Experiments
International conference, Paris-Marne la Vallée, 21-23 January 2015
This conference explores the hypothesis that the complexity of walking in the city renders it paradoxically omnipresent and invisible at the same time. As an elementary mode of access to services and facilities, a link between vehicular modes of transport and scheduled tasks, a micro-scale within the macro-scale of personal and collective organisation, walking becomes all the more essential – albeit undervalued – by being ascribed a vague and trivial character in everyday life. Questioning the forms and consequences of this complexity provides the general framework of the present Call for Papers, inviting scholars from around the world to present their research. This includes, but is not limited to, examining and evaluating the context of walking in urban landscapes, not only in a variety of physical and biological conditions, but also inseparably in the context of social interaction, cultural representation and individual and collective motivation.