Recent strategies of urban planning have been characterized by a return to
the city with an emphasis on the regeneration of the urban tissue. Some
claim for the reconstitution of the city as a continuous urban fabric.
Others see fragmentation as an inevitable fait. All seem however to belief
in the improvement of the existing urban systems rather than in the
creation of a completely new order, as the urban utopias of the 1920s and
The Modern utopias, which were critical visions committed to social,
humanist and technical researches for the improvement of living conditions
in the industrialized city, came to be seen as the cause of the
fragmentation, suburbanization and dehumanization of the city and as a tool
in the hands of real estate speculation. It can however be argued that the
problems the contemporary city has to deal with have much in common with
those that gave rise to the modern utopias: bigness and high density,
circulation and traffic congestion, public health and social changes,
cultural identity and technological development, capitalist profit and
corporate power. In thus being, what can contemporary urban design learn
from the modern utopias? Is there a complete break with modern planning? To
what extent do the solutions pointed by modern utopias underlie
contemporary strategies of urban design? Aren't there successful examples
of practical applications of urban modern principles? Can the modern
utopias help us improving the problems of existing urban systems?
*Call for Papers*
We therefore invite the scientific community to submit proposals for papers
to integrate issue 7 of Joelho, Journal of Architectural Culture.
Topics of interest:
(the list of topics suggests possible approaches that we are likely to
explore. We are nevertheless open to all relevant ideas)
1. Continuity and rupture between modern and contemporary urban planning.
2. Common problems in, and related solutions for, the modern and
3. Successful applications of urban modern principles and their
4. Modern utopias, environmental changes and sustainability in the
5. Modern utopias and smart city.
6. The modern binomial city / countryside and the sprawling city.
7. Modern approaches to mechanical circulation and the contemporary city.
8. Modern and contemporary urban space.
9. Modern utopias and contemporary urban society.
10. Modern utopias, globalization and culture.
11. Dialogues Between Modernism and the Historic City and their relevance
Please submit the abstract (400 words), in English, on the platform of the
journal until June 20th. Results will be published until 5 July.
The selected final papers must be submitted in English with a maximum of
4000 words (4000 words-25000 characters including spaces, footnotes,
bibliographic references, etc.), with abstract also in English, and
according to the APA (author-date system), until September 20th.
All proposals will be subject to a peer review process.