2014 Urban Forum

Neighborhood: The Measure and Meaning of an Urban Ideal


April 24-25 | University of Chicago | Hyde Park

with a special exhibition at the Gray Center April 9-27

The 2014 Urban Forum, convened by Robert Chaskin (University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration), Deborah Gorman-Smith (University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration), and Emily Talen (Arizona State University), explored the definitions, delineations, designs, narratives, and theories behind neighborhoods during two days of lectures and panels alongside a three-week exhibition curated by Emily Talen at the Gray Center Lab

Neighborhoods are a basis for utopian urban planning, an organizing framework for political action, a metric for social science research, and, for individuals, a culturally significant extension of home. The forum leveraged four disciplinary traditions involved with the concept of neighborhood – sociology, geography, social work, and urban design – to explore the links and disconnections between these roles, and provide an opportunity for scholars and practitioners to uncover a rich range of neighborhood identities, ideals, and concepts. 

Co-sponsored by the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, the Center for Health and the Social Sciences, the University of Chicago Social Sciences Division, and the Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry.