Special Issue "Contemporary Architecture from the 20th Century to the Present"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2017)
Prof. Marco Sosa
Assistant Professor, College of Arts and Creative Enterprises, Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, UAE
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Interests: How can architects instigate processes for generating architectural typologies as tools to empower and promote self sufficiency. Exhibition design. Photography as a tool for archiving modern architecture heritage; co-funding of a research unit (with architect Lina Ahmad), dedicated to prompting creative solutions and delivering products and spatial proposals within United Arab Emirates community. Keywords: interior design; photography; design by making
The term "contemporary architecture" tends to be used to describe the architecture of today and the urban environment of now. Generally, it conjures images of beautifully-designed architecture, clean, glossy, and unattached to a movement or style, but is also global and non-regional. Yet, what is the architecture of now? What defines a particular contemporary movement to earn it the distinction to be referred as "contemporary"?
The 15th Venice Architectural Biennale 2016 is titled "Reporting from the Front", and curated by architect Alejandro Aravena. The title and theme conjure visions of an investigation of a type architecture, gravitating towards the ethical, the humanitarian, and the sustainable. Is this another, often unreported, side of contemporary architecture acting a collective activist movement for the build environment? Architects and designers are looking at the state of the world and responding accordingly. Their voices, expressed in their design intentions are echoes of a quiet movement, which is socially, culturally, and environmentally responsible. An architecture, which is of the people, for the people.
Authors are invited to contribute, to challenge the definition of contemporary architecture and to suggest new perceptions and visions. Themes of papers, which will be considered, are:
- On the historical development of socially responsible architecture theories.
- Studies showcasing pedagogical methods in current architecture/design education.
- Analysis or case studies of methods of looking and researching the current built environment and their responses, from artists, architects, urban planers, NGOs, Activists, Animators, graphic designers, musicians, photographers, and historians.
- Case studies illustrating research carried out in specific conditions/sites, and their architectural/design proposals; built or un-built.
Marco Sosa, Architect
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