Scienze del Territorio-Call for Papers 3/2015


Number III, 2015

[deadline: JUNE 30th, 2015]

"Back to the City"

The second issue of Scienze del territorio, which is titled “Back to the city” because we believe that the processes of contemporary urbanization have buried the very idea of city, intends to answer the following question: is this calamitous fate of urbanization in the world really inevitable? Therefore it intends to address the above mentioned themes soliciting contributions that provide alternative and innovative experiences and paths of various kinds, and that invest the forms as well as the process of rebuilding city, such as: how to foster a relationship based on co‐evolution and care between human settlements and environment; how to find back the ecosystemic balance that used to bind the city with its environmental base (bioregional approach) and that allows to close the life cycles (water, food, energy, waste) and to produce new territory; how to make urban environment compatible with both the satisfaction of these life cycles and with social proximity, participation and self‐government; how to rebuild the quality of urban life, i. e. through peri‐urban agricultural belts producing healthy food and extended multifunctional agricultural parks; how to redefine and restore the urban edges; how to safeguard cities from the increasingly catastrophic consequences of hydrogeological and climate change; how to prevent neglected areas through rules of “reconstruction”, the recovery of forms of knowledge related to building and urban planning, the restoration of rules of cohabitation; how to promote the development of polycentric urban bioregions, that are a variety of local networks organized into clusters of small and medium cities. A major role in overcoming the metropolitan model is played by the processes and practices of re‐appropriation, construction and self‐organization acted by inhabitants; the models of inclusive and effective participation in urban planning and in defining public policies; the use of interactive tools and facilitation devices; the experimentation of networks and alternative economies and economies of proximity, as well as the production of aesthetic quality, including public art with its integrated and participated processes.

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