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Heritages Cities and Destruction

JADH | Journal of Architectural Design and History

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Published on Monday, March 27, 2023

Abstract

The second issue of the journal JADH is dedicated to the theme of “destruction”, its perceptions, as well as its implications that can be perceived in several fields of architectural heritage as positive and negative at the same time (destruction/construction, absence/loss, memory/oblivion, etc.). Destruction refers to the process and outcome of an event: every destruction, regardless of whether being voluntary or involuntary in nature, imposes a reflection on losses, things that have existed but ceased to exist, and forces us to make a value judgment about what we recognized as being part of our history and identity. 

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Argument

The second issue of the journal JADH is dedicated to the theme of “destruction”, its perceptions, as well as its implications that can be perceived in several fields of architectural heritage as positive and negative at the same time (destruction/construction, absence/loss, memory/oblivion, etc.). Destruction refers to the process and outcome of an event: every destruction, regardless of whether being voluntary or involuntary in nature, imposes a reflection on losses, things that have existed but ceased to exist, and forces us to make a value judgment about what we recognized as being part of our history and identity.

A destructive event becomes very relevant for the social life of the collectivity that is subject to it, and its results can be materialized over time depending on several directions and different ways.

For example, it is possible to verify the recovery of a line connecting with its own past - which has become so just because it precedes the event -, through strong participation in the process of rebuilding, which imposes the recovery as it is considered the historical identity of the affected population. In other cases, the destruction implies a deeper fracture in the history of the collectivity, generating an active reaction that assumes diverse implications and an acceleration of the processes (of various natures: planning, historical, social, economic, cultural, etc.) and amplifies, in this way, the break with the past that already started with the destructive event itself. The destruction becomes the main theme of this issue, which encourages the investigation of the multi-faceted interpretations of the term itself in a multi-disciplinary horizon.

Even though we do not preclude the canonical process of destruction-reconstruction, we further encourage the various interpretations in the space-time dimensions that may be examined.

To contribute to this issue, we invite ground-breaking investigations and reflections about themes revolving around (but not limited to) the following fields:

  • Loss of identity as a process of destruction-reconstruction/construction (architectural heritage in its cultural/social/political values)
  • Destruction as subtraction in a creative act
  • Destruction as a result of human or natural action
  • Enhancing the void (material/immaterial)
  • Destruction of historical memory (documents, archives, personal or public library…)

How to participate

The participation to the call is open to national and international structured and independent scholars (PhD students, postdoctoral fellows, research fellows, researchers).

The issue will host essays and articles selected through a double-blind peer review process.

To apply, please send an abstract of max. 400 words in English and a short CV to adh-journal@polimi.it

by April 11th, 2023.

The outcome of the selection and the judgments of the peer review will be communicated by e-mail to the author of the article.

Proposals selected for publication must be developed into unpublished texts, complete with bibliography and images, and sent to the editorial board by August 18th, 2023.

Timetable

  • Launch of the Call: March 10th, 2023
  • Abstract submission deadline: April 11th, 2023
  • Notification of acceptance: April 18th, 2023
  • Text delivery for peer review: August 18th, 2023
  • Notification of full-text peer review outcome: October 2rd, 2023
  • Final text delivery: October 20th, 2023

The Journal of Architectural Design and History

The Journal of Architectural Design and History is a biannual magazine, undergoing a double-blind peer review process, realized within the framework of the UNESCO Chair in Architectural Preservation and Planning in World Heritage Cities at the Mantova Campus of Politecnico di Milano.

This editorial project intends to generate and disseminate a critical and multidisciplinary debate around the past, present and future of heritage cities, by soliciting the international scientific community to reflect on the related themes through the analysis of architectural, historic, interpretive, and didactic experiences that operate on Heritage as a laboratory of knowledge.

The selection of the contributions will draw on the exploration and the comparison of different theories, techniques and practices tackling the complex questions pertaining to the transformation, conservation, and enhancement of historical contexts, with the aim to unfold connections and exchanges among different disciplines, technologies, and perspectives, and to promote a strategic and evolutive notion of the interventions on built heritage.

Deputy editor

  • Federico Bucci

Editorial board

Elisa Boeri, Elena Fioretto, Claudia Tinazzi

Scientific-editorial committee

  • Ángela García de Paredes (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spagna)
  • Jean-Philippe Garric (Université Paris-1, Francia)
  • Ana Tostões (Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, Portogallo)
  • Elisa Valero Ramos (Universidad de Granada, Spagna)
  • Bianca Gioia Marino (Università degli Studi di Napoli “Federico II”)
  • Andrea Sciascia (Università di Palermo)
  • Giovanni Leoni (Università di Bologna)
  • Filippo Lambertucci (Sapienza Università di Roma)
  • Anthony Vidler (Cooper Union, New York)

Editorial staff

Francesco Bacci, Samanta Bartocci, Alessandro Benetti, Alberto Bologna, Stefania Campioli, Luca Cardani, Federica Causarano, Annalucia D’Erchia, Francesca Giudetti, Luciana Macaluso, Fabio Marino, Lorenzo Mingardi, Beatrice Moretti, Rosa Sessa, Michela Pilotti, Francesca Giudetti, Elena Pozzi, Martina Meulli

Contacts

adh-journal@polimi.it

Place

Politecnico di Milano, Polo Territoriale di Mantova

Piazza D’Arco 3, 46100 Mantova


Date(s)

  • Tuesday, April 11, 2023

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Keywords

  • architecture, destruction, history, identity, heritage, patrimoine

Information source

  • Elisa Boeri
    courriel : elisa [dot] boeri [at] polimi [dot] it

License

CC0-1.0 This announcement is licensed under the terms of Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal.

To cite this announcement

« Heritages Cities and Destruction », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Monday, March 27, 2023, https://doi.org/10.58079/1atn

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