Events And Opportunities

CFP: Urban Transformations and Transitions in the Balkans


At a stage of deep and very rapid changes in society it is important to
understand the effects they can have on the built environment that
surrounds us. Academy is giving a renewed interest to community
participation and the use of ICTs to understand the challenges cities
are facing in the next future, and terms like IoT, Smart Cities, commons
or participation are today widely present in any discussion related with
urban contexts. Bits and bytes have to look anyway for an agreement with
atoms, in this case the established city. The Balkan region is, no more
than other regions, facing identity challenges and dynamic
transformations, so the Balkan Architectural Biennale offers the
opportunity to focus on the reality of the region, where the ongoing
European integration process and the transition from a centralized model
to one based on free market rules are specific topics worth to be
considered in relation with the new models proposed and imposed by
technology development. Cities change with radical or smooth transitions
after any event, so we want to focus on the specificities, if any could
be found, of the region, and the potential for its development.

Despite the risk of raising fragmented and parallel urban environments
if social issues are not properly addressed, it is possible to intuit
how cities do have a social resilience which will re-balance any threat.
Recognizing the importance of digital and physical flows in the
configuration of the contemporary cityis a first step to a broader
approach on the evolution of urban systems and ecosystems.

This special session aims to look at specific patterns existing in the
region, good practices developed here or elsewhere and that could be
implemented in the Balkans. It aims a wide range focus and
interdisciplinary approach, under the broad umbrella of the question
about what actions and urban governance policies are required for
developing and strengthening a resilient urban environment, some of the
possible but not exclusive themes to address in this session are the

 * Do new models of urban governance improve living in urban environments?
 * Do community empowerment facilitate urban experiences and justice?
 * What scenarios can we envision for the city of the future? Will ICT
   and the circular economy transform the way we live it?
 * Which urban infrastructures are built with citizens in mind, and
   which ones contribute to more social and spatial segregation?

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Expression of interest including a 300 words abstract or structured
papers (see call) and resumed CV can be sent to the special session
convenor: Guido Cimadomo, ETS Arquitectura, Universidad de M?laga:
/ before November the 1st .
More detailed info about the International Conference here:

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