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Online Activities

In 1933 Paul Valery organized in Madrid a tremendous debate on the future of culture. Marie Curie, among the participants, took an inspiring speech. She stated that in the world of culture, a spirit of adventure will never disappear. If there is something deeply alive within scientists and people of culture, it is this instinct of curiosity.


During this time of lockdown and isolation, the ILAUD team took the chance to start a new adventure and make a step forward by designing a new set of contents for the network. It is the first time in the history of ILAUD that the internet is used beyond the simple communication of initiatives.


A set of online activities, visual or interactive e-learning programs, are being launched:


  • A dialogue in between the International community, consisting in an ensemble of visually accessible online multidisciplinary interviews on urban responses to shocks and stresses.


  • Interactive online educational programs/courses on relevant contemporary issues, fostering an active collaboration with universities from different countries and cultures, where ILAUD formulates specific training programs for each cultural area, with respect to each local operational and institutional needs.


October 08, 2020
Afrotopian Cities at The Edge of Global Pandemic
The time has come for us Europeans to look to Africa as a major cultural opportunity to learn new forms of social resilience for our cities and societies. The A_f_r_o_t_o_p_i_a_n_ _approach that strives for self-sufficiency consists in knowing how-to live-in osmosis with one’s own territory, optimizing resources. This is probably also one of the reasons why many African countries, in spite of the lack of adequate healthcare structures and the authoritarian drift of certain governments, are managing to limit the effects of Covid 19 on people and the society. I therefore believe that to get out of this systemic crisis we will have to look with greater attention at ‘African solutions to solve global problems,’ passing from the paternalistic culture of emergency design to the culture of emergent design that imposes a better balance between nature and t_e_k_n_é.
September 01, 2020
Roles and Challenges of Urban Design
This short interview focuses on the scopes of urban design, its responsibilities, and challenges. By chronicling how the urban design discipline came to life and how the conceptualization of the field has evolved throughout the second half of the 20th century, I argue that it is particularly relevant to question the role of urban design in our contemporary society. More specifically, I ask the following questions: what is the agency of design in both societal and climatic shifting conditions? And how can urban designers respond to pressing design emergencies in slums, sprawling megalopolis, and areas where increasing inequalities are manifested throughout the built environment? While Michael Sorkin provocatively called for the end of urban design in 2006, I believe that urban design can still play a major role in shaping the physical forms of cities and, more importantly, in improving the societal and ecological processes of our urban spaces. Urban design needs to work across scales, time, and actors to inscribe the ethics and expressions of cultural diversity into the structure of a more equitable city.
July 22, 2020
Issues of post-conflicts reconstruction: the historic cities in the Middle East
In the last decades, civil wars and armed conflicts in the Balkans and many countries of the MENA region, have heavily affected the historic “traditional” cities, whose reconstruction represent a dramatic and controversial challenge. More than the physical damages, the disruption of the social fabric represents the main issue to be addressed. Ethnic and religious conflicts have displaced large part of the residents and destroyed the family and community ties that shaped the urban fabric and the local economy. The post-emergency phase has proved to be very delicate because of various legal aspects and the risk of losing structures that could be eventually recovered, but the main issue is indeed the definition of the targets and priorities for the reconstruction of the social and physical urban fabric, which are not always obvious.
JUNE 22 - JULY 13, 2020
Summer School Program on Architecture - ILAUD & GREAT PLACE TO STUDY

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