Democracy And Urban Places – Call For Papers

Thursday, February 19, 2009 13:48

Photo: © Stefano Mirti

Have you ever stumbled across forms of democracy in unexpected places while wandering around a city? Have you ever identified essential democratic qualities in any specific place?
Or, have you ever thought “This is not a democratic place!” What is the link between democracy and its places?

The Foundation of the Order of Architects of Turin (OAT) has scheduled a call for papers open to candidates under 35, – deadline 15 March 2009 – with the aim of addressing these questions and stimulating reflections on these topics. Contributions selected from the call for papers will be presented at the Democracy Biennial in an appointment entitled “Democracy and Urban Places”, that will take place on 23 April 2009 at the 16:30, at the Cavallerizza Reale in Torino.

The initiative has been structured to the purpose of giving voice to multiple opinions by encouraging active public involvement. Participants will illustrate their theories with a sequence of commented images on one of the places chosen; canditates must express if they are ‘for’ or ‘against’ the democratic properties of the selected place. In conclusion the public will vote the most convincing theory which will then be handed over to a jury, composed of an architect, a communications expert and a film director.

The places selected for the contest will be:

a. the town square
b. the Shopping Mall
c. the Stadium
d. the cemetary
e. public transport
f. the urban park
g. the multiethnic neighbourhood
h. the courtyard
i. walls and boundaries
j. the hospital

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