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"Future Scenarios"


Abstract submission: October 11th, 2019
Paper submission: January 24th, 2020

‘What is to come’ is not a new question. As humans, we always have adapted our being in the world through artifacts, tools, built spaces to give a (precise) shape to the image of the future environment in which we will live.
Today, however, we are overwhelmed by a sensation of acceleration of times, of technological transformation and of rapid social changes that create concern and profound expectations at the same time. Increasingly clear signs of risk appear on the scene and we are asked to rethink and redesign ourselves as users of life in close and interrelated familiarity with the environment.

The idea of this Special Series ‘Future Scenarios’ is to put the architectural project at the center of debate as a complex phenomenon, able to build a synthesis of scientific, social, political and cultural points of view, in a period where the anthropocentric perspective has radically changed our approach to the environment, to construction, to technology and materials, given their impact and effects on scarcity of resources.

In the field of future studies the traditional forecasting approach is still dominant, where the idea is to make previsions on mainstream trends. However, in complex systems, it will hardly generate solutions that could be long lasting. In Architecture a more interesting approach, is backcasting, intended as a method to analyze future with the focus on a preferable scenario. The fundamentals of this approach were outlined by John B. Robinson on the nineties but they remain still today meaningful as they concern less with a possible, plausible or probable future and more with the construction of a progressive knowledge, a physical feasible scenario, a set of skills, which starts from a future end‐point to the present (thus ‘back casting’). Here is where Architecture can give a real contribution to the debate, in a variable, multi‐cultural, trans‐disciplinary and fast changing society. The question is not to anticipate future but to build it.

This call thus seeks research, theory‐ or practice‐based contributions in order to define future scenarios for Architecture and envisage their short‐ and long‐terms implications.

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Posted: 2019-07-22

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"The public space. Design, Construction, Management"


Abstract submission: May 17th, 2019
Paper submission: September 20th, 2019

As urban areas represent complex systems, their transformations are ruled by different shapes, ways and times, depending on the different international contexts in which they are located. The peculiarity of the European cities is due to their construction through the stratification of identities, shapes, systems and uses, that they have found representation in the structure of the public space, and in its tangible and intangible characters.

In contrast to what happens in vastly extended world megalopolises, the public space in the European cities is still an important social collector. Infact, in its articulated configurations - street, plaza, garden, urban park, etc.

- it becomes the bearer of multiple dimensions: cultural and semiological, fruitive and perceptual, environmental and eco-systemic, architectural and material. Public space expresses the desires and contradictions of the communities that live it which contribute to its definition. Therefore, the public space is the extraordinary synthesis between the past and the present, the setting for individual and collective life, for the shared perception of identities and meaning, and, at the same time, it is the place for confrontation and conflict. It is a rest area as well as a passing space in which fluxes of people, goods and pieces of information meet. The public space can be a space for singularity and excellence, but at the same time the scene of decay, neglect and anomie.

These articulated values define the public space as a cross-cutting issue of high relevance for the academic research, for critical investigations as well as for new design strategies.

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Abstract deadline: June 24th, 2018

Paper deadline: September 30th, 2018

"Verticality/Horizontality in Architecture"

The call identifies some areas of refection concerning programs, processes, strategies, projects and technical tools, aimed at encouraging the development of new policies for the transformation of the territory and the built environment. With regard to the different realities of scale, it will be possible to understand tools and methods aimed at updating the form of the city in the medium and long term, with the aim of improving the quality of life and ensuring the sustainability of transformations.

The main thematic areas concern:
• density and settlement logics: models and intervention techniques for urban density; tools and design strategies for land consumption reduction; hard and so territorial infrastructures for a fair access to the resources.
• growth and development processes: circular economy growth models for urban and peri-urban areas; “ruralisation” of the compact city and production for subsistence; functional mixitè in horizontal/ vertical development models.
• typological and technological experimentation: new research and typological/technological experimentation fields; technological and design innovations in vertical/horizontal architectures; role of production and of the industry in the densification project. 

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Posted: 2018-05-16
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