TECHNE - Journal of Technology for Architecture and Environment

TECHNE, the scientific journal of SITdA, the Italian Society of Architectural Technology, meets the Society's aims by working, at national and international level, to promote knowledge and the methods and techniques of Architectural Technology, so as to protect and enhance the man-made environment, and to promote innovative applications and interdisciplinary comparison.
The magazine publishes articles on innovative research and applications, as well as essays and reports. The authors work in the academic world and in research facilities in the area of architectural design, industry, entrepreneurial activities and client, public and private organizations.
TECHNE addresses a target market interested in debating relevant and critical points of view and acquiring useful knowledge for the development of projects through a comparison of different approaches.

NEW CALL FOR PAPERS TECHNE | SPECIAL ISSUE 2 | 2020

"FUTURE SCENARIOS"

Deadline: 

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

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NEW CALL FOR PAPERS TECHNE | SPECIAL ISSUE 2 | 2020

"Future Scenarios"

Deadline: 

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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