CfP: Architecture and City as a Home. Tampere, 3-4 October 2019

Call for Papers: Architecture and City as a Home. Tampere, 3-4 October 2019

The Architecture and City as a Home symposium is organized by Tampere University, School of Architecture as part of the annual symposium series of the Finnish schools of architecture and will be arranged as a joint event together with the 50th Anniversary of the School of Architecture (4–5 October). The event brings together inspiring keynote lectures, quality research papers and a relaxed arena of encounter and discussion. Researchers, students and practitioners, with diverse backgrounds, are kindly invited to join the event and submit papers related to this year’s theme.
The theme Architecture and City as a Home brings together participants with diverse backgrounds to create a dialogue about how to address current and emerging societal and environmental issues in the built environment at different scales. Homes, settlements, planning and designing good places to live and ways of resolving housing shortages have been central to modern architecture since the decades of early modernism. Furthermore, the themes of homelessness and nomadism have profoundly influenced architectural theory, critique and philosophical thought. In 1929, Alvar Aalto considered the minimum apartment possible, because part of its functions could be extended to common rooms and spaces at schools, sports grounds, libraries, cinemas, concert halls, auditoriums etc. This reminds us that both physically and conceptually, the home and the city are related and intertwined. At present, societal issues such as increased dwelling impermanence, including homelessness and nomadism, have become issues on a global scale. This is due to a variety of factors, including general urbanization, climate change, demographic changes and migration.
The symposium invites submissions that on a broad spectrum unfold the cultural and material  implications of the theme in the present, the past and the future, including challenges to architectural practice, research and education. The symposium welcomes researchers and practitioners in architecture, urban design and planning, geography, anthropology, as well as social sciences, humanities, ecology, engineering and other fields related to spatial studies, to participate in the symposium.
The full call for papers with the list of possible topics is available here.
Authors are invited to submit their abstract by 18 April 2019 via email to

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