CFP: Studies in History and Theory of Architecture (Special Issue: “De Urbanitate. Tales of Urban Lives and Spaces”)

Deadline:  30 April 2015
The journal Studies in History and Theory of Architecture (sita.uauim.ro), published by the Department of Architectural History & Theory and Heritage Conservation at ‘Ion Mincu’ University of Architecture and Urbanism in Bucharest, Romania, invites submissions for the 2015 issue.
DE URBANITATE
Tales of Urban Lives and Spaces
Cities have died and risen again throughout the centuries, reshaped by new models and concepts, by new aesthetics and new codes of conduct. The catastrophic scenarios of the past few decades have declared the city dead for good, in a language abusing the entire lexical family of the old urbs (urban, urbanism, urbanization, urbanology, anti-urban, post-urban, hyper-urban, etc.). Amid all these, the term urbanity draws attention as an inherently cross-disciplinary notion bringing together the professions of urban design and development.
Despite its complexity and ambiguity, urbanity has been a timeless carrier of meaning, in various cultural and disciplinary milieus, ever since Cicero coined the term. Philologists like Edwin Ramage regard it as “the outward manifestation of an inner culture acquired from residing in … an urban center”, while urban designers like Rob Krier and Christoph Kohl believe it to be “the built frame that unconsciously speaks to us … and which engenders a state of spatial well-being.” Such divergent definitions point to the concept’s capacity to combine the human and spatial dimensions of the urban realm, a capacity that poses a challenge as we shape new instruments to inquire into the city’s past, to understand its present, and to think about its future.
Either a sign of a deep attachment to the image of a glorious past or a mere rhetorical device, either a “mobilizing myth” (Wüst, Mongin) or a “European catchword” (Koolhaas), this concept appears to be what holds together desires and projects for a new form of urban existence. In retrospect, while contemporary cities have grown, sprawled, vanished, densified, shrunk, and grown again, urbanity has often been summoned to help the “misanthropic urbanized territories” to become “cities” (Salin, Virilio, Lyotard, Choay, etc.). What makes a city be a city, and an urbanite be an urbanite? How can we better visualize and explain the circular relation between forms of subjectivity and ways of life, and the formation of urban fabrics and artifacts?
Starting from these premises and questions, this volume welcomes both theoretical constructions and accounts of specific situations that shed light on the concept of urbanity and the practices it engenders.
We invite contributors to explore facets of the urban experience and practice, past or present, through the lens of urbanity, understood as:

  • an alternative way to articulate knowledge about the city and its history;
  • a theoretical position that underpins projects and strategies for the city; or an ethic that guides the professions involved in urban development and design;
  • a normative concept for shaping urban spaces and behaviors.

The overall aim of the volume is to identify, theorize, and integrate new ways of probing more deeply into the nuances of the city, while contributing to the research into the role of architecture in the play of new forms of spatiality and sociability.
The contributions should follow the guidelines below. A preliminary abstract of 150 – 200 words should be submitted by April 30, 2015. Selected contributors will be notified by e-mail on May 15. The final article should be submitted for review by July 1. Contributions will undergo a double-blind peer review procedure. All correspondence will be addressed to sita@uauim.ro, to the attention of Dr. Arch. Daniela Calciu (the managing editor of the current issue). Please see detailed guidelines for authors at sita.uauim.ro.
Source:  https://networks.h-net.org/node/22277/discussions/65363/cfp-de-urbanitate-tales-urban-lives-and-spaces

Share this post

News from the field

The Lessons of Rome (6th edition)

March 24, 2023 - Lyon Museum of Fine Arts The Lessons of Rome aim to propose a space for reflection for anyone who grasps Italy as an architectural, urban, and landscape research laboratory. Defining Italy as a laboratory involves analyzing contexts of urban policies...

Cuadernos de Proyectos Arquitectonicos no. 13

The call for articles for the issue number 13th of the journal Cuadernos de Proyectos Arquitectonicos is open. The call takes place in two phases. The first phase ends on 27 February 2023, and peer review will begin immediately. In addition, a second call may be...

Book Series: Architectural Borders and Territories

Architectural Borders and Territories (AB&T) offers a comprehensive series of books on architectural ‘borders’ and ‘territories’, emphasizing the intrinsic critical relationship, as well as the inherent complexities, between these two core terms of architecture....

Architect’s Books

Guest Editors María Elisa Navarro Morales, Trinity College Dublin, Irlanda Juan Luis Burke, University of Maryland, USA  Guest Author Fernando Marías Professor Emeritus of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid When Victor Hugo, through the voice of Claude Frollo,...

SAH 2023 Annual International Conference

                  The SAH 76th Annual International Conference will be comprised of an in-person meeting in Montréal, Canada, April 12–16, 2023, followed by virtual sessions, September 20–22, 2023. The expanded conference...