Aesthetics in Contemporary Cities

A special issue of Arts (ISSN 2076-0752).

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Department of Architecture, Design School, Xi’an Jiatong-Liverpool University, Suzhou 215000, China
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Dear Colleagues,

We live in a rapidly changing world. Visual change only reflects the intrinsic process of the social and economic evolution of ideas, philosophies, and fashions, though the latter is what an ordinary observer notices as the first signal of change. So, the space “becomes” the way we “are”. Additionally, and conversely, the aesthetics of the environment in which we live are probably the most unconsciously influential determinant of our wellbeing. Thus, we would like to describe the beauty and grotesqueness of our cities through the eyes of artists, who “can feel more”. We would like to recognize alterations to our sense of beauty from the cityscapes we experience every day. As the cityscape becomes our dominant visual environment, we should focus on all dimensions of urban aesthetics. How does the appearance of the urban environment shape our attitudes towards our society, its heritage, the surrounding nature, and the technology we use?

This issue should remind us that the spiritual aura radiating from the cityscape is no less important than any elation experienced in museums and art galleries. So, do we care about the appearance of our cities? Are they fresh and healthy? Do they deserve cosmeticizing?

Manuscripts submitted to this Special Issue can be theoretical or applied; can be state-of-the-science reviews or individual case studies; and may refer to details or to the cityscape as a whole. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • The evolving aesthetics of our living environment;
  • The perception of aesthetics among different groups in society;
  • The meaning of beauty in an urban context;
  • The influence of aesthetics on human wellbeing and behaviors;
  • Different philosophical approaches to urban aesthetics;
  • Heritage preservation in cityscapes;
  • Experiments in shaping the image of the future city.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Maciej Lasocki
Dr. Martina Koll-Schretzenmayr
Dr. Antonella Contin
Dr. Claudia Westermann
Dr. Aura Luciana Istrate
Dr. Álvaro Clua Uceda
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  • landscapes of urban spaces
  • public realm aesthetics
  • aesthetics in the urban context
  • street art
  • aesthetics perception

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The City of Muses Project: Creating a Vibrant and Sensual Metropolitan Landscape through Architecture
by Antonella Contin
Arts 2023, 12(5), 207; - 22 Sep 2023
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The Metropolitan Architecture Project aims to create an artistic metropolitan landscape, which captivates visitors. It focuses on the relationship between the form’s image and the surrounding context, emphasising the structural image in architectural design. The project draws inspiration from the City of Muses [...] Read more.
The Metropolitan Architecture Project aims to create an artistic metropolitan landscape, which captivates visitors. It focuses on the relationship between the form’s image and the surrounding context, emphasising the structural image in architectural design. The project draws inspiration from the City of Muses Project, incorporating a symbolic mediator as a propeller, which represents the connection with the contemporary society’s cultural symbols and bridges the gap between the past, present and future. The methods employed in the Metropolitan Architecture Project involve integrating artistic elements into the metropolitan landscape. This includes incorporating the symbolic mediator and designing the structural image to interact harmoniously with the surrounding environment. The project has successfully introduced a new type of built form characterised by a relational figure and a vibrant and sensual image. By embracing this approach, the architectural design actively engages with the environment and enhances the overall architectural experience. The Metropolitan Architecture Project demonstrates the significance of incorporating an artistic dimension in creating a metropolitan landscape. The project achieves a captivating and interactive architectural design by considering the dynamic relationship between the form, context and structure. This understanding of architecture contributes to a deeper comprehension of the society which constructs it, resulting in a rich and engaging architectural experience. Full article
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