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Writingplace Conference Update.

Dear all,

After the dust settles, we can look back at a successful second edition of the international conference on architecture and fiction “Writingplace: literary methods in architectural research and design”. In these three days we shared new perspectives, told and heard stories, formed ideas and got to meet new friends. For this we are very grateful to all of you. The amount and quality of the knowledge you shared with us contributed tremendously to the success of this conference.

Far from letting the dust settle completely on us we are currently discussing new projects that can come out of this initiative. Our plan is to distribute some of the knowledge and inspriration we have collected on these three days on our website ( in a series about the conference. We will publish some fragments of the key-note lectures, pictures, audio and more. Our first post will be a fragment of the lecture of Tom Avermaete about the Danteum, and will be available soon.

On a more academic level, indeed we truly hope to bring the papers together in a conference proceedings. This requires a lot of effort, not in the least to acquire the necessary funding, before we can continue with the editing process. We will of course keep you updated about this. Meanwhile, should you want to continue working on your paper please feel free to send us an updated version.

From Colin Priest (one of the participants) we got the idea to ask all the participants or visitors to write a short fiction about the experience. These reflections on the conference will become part of the series and will be placed on the website too. If you think this is a great idea and would like to share, please send your contribution to 

Also we would like to point out that the platform “Writingplace” is open for everyone to participate. If you have stories, reviews, theories, projects or anything that is related to the topic of architecture and literature, you can also send them to or publish directly through the website. The more people we get involved in this project, the more Writingplace can become a library of knowledge and exploration on this topic.

We would like to end with some practical information.

– The proceedings book of the first conference “Once upon a Place” is now available at or via the Once Upon a Place website:

Once again, thank you all for your lovely contributions, sharp discussions and new perspectives. We hope we can stay in touch and keep the spirit of these conference days alive.

Best wishes,

The Writingplace organization team

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