Keynote speakers

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António Castelbranco

(School of Architecture, University of Lisbon, CiAUD)

António Castelbranco is Professor of Urban Planning and Architecture at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Lisbon. He is coordinating two Erasmus Mundus Projects: TEMPO – Trans-European Mobility Project On Education for Sustainable Development, its main theme is “Sustainability in Architecture and Urban Planning” and INFINITY – International Fellowship IN transdisciplinarITY , its main theme is “Architecture and Urban Agriculture”.

He was also the concept coordinator of one Tempus Project named RETHINKe – Reform of Education THru INternational Knowledge exchange, its main theme was to rethink architectural education in terms of the integration of a stronger sustainability component in the academic offer of the university partners of the consortium.

He has designed and built in Portugal, United States, Mexico, and the Ukraine. In Arizona, was part of the design team that built the Biosphere 2 project. In Portugal has designed and built a diversity of buildings: from children’s schools, to industrial pavilions, residential projects, rehabilitation of historical buildings and residence for the elderly.

António Castelbranco is a member of the Portuguese Order of Architects (OA), member of the Association of Urban planners of Portugal (AUP) and member of the Center of Research in Architecture, Urban and Design (CIAUD), Faculty of Architecture, University of Lisbon, Portugal.

Chris Ewers

Chris Ewers

(College of Humanities, University of Exeter)

Chris Ewers is a Lecturer in Eighteenth Century Literature at the University of Exeter. He has had articles published on eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth-century fiction, but the main focus of his research is on the long eighteenth century. He is particularly interested in how mobility – the way people move through space – alters and shapes narrative.

Dr. Ewers studies modes of transport, such as ships, coaches, aerostatic machines, railways, tube trains and motor cars, tracing the link between physical movement and its representation in fiction. His first book, Mobility and the Novel from Defoe to Austen, argues that the remarkable changes to transport in Britain in the eighteenth century not only acted as a driver for the new novel form, but shaped narrative mapping, genre, and the way writing was structured.

He has also worked as a sports journalist, and has a corresponding interest in early newspapers, and the narratives of sport (in film, poetry, and the novel).


Darran Anderson

Darran Anderson is the author of Imaginary Cities (Influx/University of Chicago Press). He has written on urbanism for the likes of The Atlantic, The Guardian, Wired and the Architectural Review, and has spoken at the Venice Biennale, the LSE and the V&A among others. In 2017, he was an urban explorer for Torino Stratosferica, and was writer-in-residence of the city of Tartu, Estonia, in 2018.