forA on the Urban

TitelforA on the Urban
AutorenBörner Andrea, Moreno Cristina Diaz, Grinda Efrén Garcia und Mueller Baerbel
VerlagUniversität für angewandte Kunst
Schlagwörter21. Jahrhundert, Architektur, Manifest, Urban


forA on the Urban examines the open, unfinished, multi-scaled, interconnected, complex and wild nature of urban manifestations, challenges and situations through an expanded notion of architecture.

Due to the expansive nature and increasing scale of the processes of artificialization and the parallel deterioration of our environment, most of the current demands on our civilizations are, in one way or another, intrinsically linked to the urban condition.

Architecture has always had a central role and a responsibility to meet challenges that cause dramatic changes in social life. Architecture will only continue to remain of societal relevance if it is willing to accept its societal responsibility and get in closer working contact with other disciplines, as the global challenges cannot be met through mono-discipline approaches.

We need to consider the interrelationships that produce challenges that tend to create situations of irreversible deterioration of the living conditions of our and other species, due to their complex, accelerative, multicausal, irreversible, and entangled nature, all in order to detect, examine, analyse and understand these situations in a way that goes beyond the common frames of reference and available practical tools.

Correspondingly, defining the parameters of the urban are crucial to the themes that orient the journal as both process and artefact. Only by destabilizing scalar (disciplinary and methodological) limitations can common practices of analyzing urbanity through isolated categories be challenged.

Exploring the formats of discursive essays, investigations and projects incites reflection and discussion towards an experimental multilogue and valuable contribution to the discourse around the urban. Embracing the notions of treatise, disquisition, and literary and artistic exploration of the essay aims to contribute to the necessary renovation of established vocabulary, formats, and methodologies, and the deconstructions of their very limits.

Thus, combining research with practical approaches and analysis, the journal seeks to articulate new formulations of urbanism.


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