The Conference organised by HafenCity University Hamburg and University of Southern Denmark has gathered many key figures engaged in research dealing with cities, state and borders, irrespective of their disciplinary backgrounds, methodological approaches, or geographical scope. The objective of the Conference is to rethink the complicated relationships that bind cities, urban development and state borders. Its underlying theme was how increasing selective integration of national territories complicates spatial planning and gives rise to conscious and unconscious challengers to conventional world order.
Dr. Liubimau's (EHU Department of Media and Laboratory of Critical Urbanism) contribution was based on his empirical research of urban change on Poland’s borders after European Union’s enlargement in 2004. He was showing how trans-border movements of goods, services, workforce, consumers, business ideas, and their fixation in lasting spatial projects produce new geographical scales beyond the logic of habitual oppositions urban/rural, urban/national or national1/national2.