Institute of Urban Design, Faculty of Architecture, Cracow University of Technology, together with Centre de Política de Sòl i Valoracions, Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya cordially invite to take part in the 11th International Congress form the cycle “Ciudad y Territorio Virtual” CTV. The congress will be held on 6th-8th July 2016.
The topic of the 11th International Congress is "Back to the Sense of the City".
11th Congress Virtual City and Territory
Back to the Sense of the City
The 11th CTV Congress Back to the Sense of the City will start in Cracow in 8 weeks, on 6th July 2016.
SUBSTANTIVE RULES AND STRUCTURE OF THE CONGRESS PROGRAMME
Organisers of the 11th CTV Congress Back to the Sense of the City Cracow 2016 intend to use the contents and the works of previous 10 CTV Congresses and more than ten international conferences held at the Institute of Urban Design, Faculty of Architecture, Cracow University of Technology, as the basis for "a new opening" to a debate on a city: its essence when compared to its contemporary situation as well as the circumstances and perspectives of returning to its lost essence.
Therefore, the Congress shall seek an interdisciplinary debate aiming at drawing and phrasing specific conclusions, guidelines and action plans for multidisciplinary research and creative cooperation.
And the objective of the scientific publication on-line, Back to the Sense of the City, which will be published on the UPC website (https://upcommons.upc.edu) before the Congress, is to prepare all the Congress' participants for the debate.
Thank you for over 100 papers sent !
The opportunity given to all participants to read all the papers - to learn the variety of approaches to the main topic of the Congress - opens the chance to have an efficient Congress Debate.
The conference in Cracow will focus on a targeted discussion on issues already presented in the published papers. It is supposed to be a "live" exchange of opinions in the form of a dialogue aiming at establishing a common position and not in a form of a series of separate presentations.
To ensure a common and effective discussion, 10 interdisciplinary problem panel groups will be created - thus enabling the participants to take part in the discussion more than once - and they will be conducted by moderators responsible for directing the works and preparing reports for plenary sessions.
The Congress participants shall declare which panel group they want to join after having read the pre-congress publication - not later than 2 weeks before the opening of the Congress.
The proceedings of the 11th CTV Congress Back to the Sense of the City Cracow 2016 will present the summary of the debate and its outcome, and will be published in special issues of the following scientific journals:
• Czasopismo Techniczne http://www.czasopismotechniczne.pl
CONGRESS DEBATE SCHEDULE 06-08 JULY 2016 /////////// CONGRESS PROGRAM (link)
Day 1 - Faculty of Architecture, Cracow University of Technology, ul. Podchorążych 1
Day 2 – Jagiellonian University Przegorzały Conference Centre, Cracow, ul. Jodłowa 13
Day 3 - Jagiellonian University Przegorzały Conference Centre, Cracow, ul. Jodłowa 13 and the Academy of Fine Arts, Plac Matejki 13
POST-CONGRESS STUDY TOURS - 09-10 JULY 2016
- for those participants of the Congress who stay in Cracow longer
11th Congress Virtual City and Territory
Back to the Sense of the City
The condition of contemporary cities is the subject of numerous activities, projects and reflections.
On the one hand, we have to deal with hitherto unprecedented urban expansion. 54% of the Earth's population lives in cities. We build new cities and expand the existing ones. Cities and their complexes grow spatially, forming large areas and absorbing new territories. On the other hand, we realize to what extent our rational activities are imperfect and do not keep up with the basic needs of the inhabitants of the Earth.
We are aware of a number of trends that are happening in parallel, pulling cities in opposite directions. We see the growth of large urban areas and the shrinking (Shrinking Cities) or fall of others; we observe an escape from rural areas to cities and an escape from cities in search of life close to nature; we are aware that not only do we build new towns, but we lose the existing ones as we demolish the historical environment with its cultural richness, as well as the chance to preserve the cultural identity of communities.
The definition of a modern city of today refers to both megacities and small towns - a small town means a town with no more than half a million inhabitants. But perhaps the question about the definition of forms of a contemporary settlement seems to be more important nowadays than the question of the definition of the city itself. Traditional divisions between the space of a village and the space of a city cannot be seen clearly. Criteria for distinguishing between a city and a village are vague – neither the size nor the basic form of occupation of its inhabitants is a good and easy criterion for this distinction.
Management of the territory of the Earth has become an increasingly conscious comprehensive activity, not only due to the concern for the environment and the sense of sustainability, but also in view of the global awareness of the interconnectedness and considering the possible opportunities for further relations.
We live in an era of special growth of non spatial relationships through the development of possibilities of information transfer by electronic media. The virtual world is growing, basing on the real one and changing it in a fundamental way. Negation of the real, three-dimensional space can be seen in many modern methods of spatial planning and design, and mutual assimilation and fusion of the real and virtual space go not without difficulty.
Virtual forms of settlement? Do they exist alone, without the three-dimensional layout of the material base?
And urban settlements - from the smallest mountain village to an extensive area of a megapolis - could they do without the virtual world?
The answer to both question is “no”, and it stands for a necessity to search for a proper synthesis.
The four-dimensional (three space dimensions plus time) reality will always be the basis for man’s worldly existence, although the virtual world is changing it deeply. This three-dimensional, spatial reality, dynamic and changing over time, has its own structural rules. Formed successively by generations to implement various functions and uses, it has its own principles of composition in urban and architectural scales. Exploring both the modern interpretation of these principles in the changing realities of human perception and determining the possibility of orientation in space of the city is the basic research level.
And another question, which relates to the condition of modern man. To what extent do we identify our inner life - mental, spiritual, supernatural – with the virtual world? Doesn’t the excess of information and relations in the external world that we experience destroy our inner autonomy?
Here the answer is “yes”.
Only problems adjusted in this way - man confronting a modern virtual and real settlement, constitute an appropriate perspective for our deliberations.
That's why we ask about the meaning of the city and about its axiology!
Everybody is invited to the discussion, in particular: architects, urban planners, urban designers, spatial economists, transport engineers, geographers, sociologists, psychologists, anthropologists, cultural studies, cultural animators, historians, philosophers and economists.
1. Urban Theory
City axiology and its reasons
The sense of polis - if, where and how
Urban composition and orientation in the urban space
2. Urban Processes
The city - past, present, future
Contemporary polis and agglomeration (models of urbanization, monocentrism, polycentrism, compact city and sprawl)
What is inclusive, compact and mixed-use city?
Between urban and rural
3. Urbanization and de-urbanization
Geography and consequences of urban population growth, sustainable growth
Shrinking cities - a new chance for polis
4. Virtual cities, theory and technology
Virtual in reality, reality in virtual, material and immaterial
Idea project, implementation, use, mapping urban space, virtual models, smart cities
Virtual essences vs. Real experience of the city
5. Governance, social cohesion and urban policies
Will politics / policy bring us “the city” back?
Plan or project / regulation or deregulation, consequences.
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