Overview CITAA “Cities’ Identity Through Architecture and Arts” 2021
The fifth edition of the International Conference on “Cities’ Identity Through Architecture and Arts” was held virtually in collaboration with the University of Pisa in Italy on the 13th and 14th of December due to travel restrictions caused by the pandemic.
The Conference discussed several topics regarding different vocabularies, such as sacred architecture, heritage buildings, open spaces, landmarks, street escapes, etc.
The Conference topics attracted scientists, architects, cultural preservation enthusiasts, and researchers to discuss their papers and come up with possible solutions to solve the problems of the identity of cities.
Among the main topics discussed in the Conference:
Identifying and Shaping Cities and Formation
Heritage Arts: Sustainability, Identities, and Public Regulations
Contemporary Arts: City Visual Arts and Visualization
Development of the Cities’ Vocabularies
The Opening Ceremony started with the online registration and welcoming speeches from the Conference Chair and IEREK founder.
A Presentation about IEREK followed, introducing IEREK and its activities to the audience.
Following this introduction, short welcoming speeches were given by the Conference Chair, Professor Luca Lanini, University of Pisa, Architectural and Urban Design, and Prof. Ferdinando Trapani, Professor of Urban Planning, Department of Architecture, University of Palermo; Coordinator of the Italian Academic Alliance with IEREK.
A plenary session followed, introducing the first keynote speaker, Professor Federico Bilò, Ph.D. (VII cycle), and Associate Professor of Architectural and Urban Design, Faculty of Architecture in Pescara, whose speech was entitled: “Portraying and interpreting the city: two case studies.” Afterwards, the second keynote speaker, Professor Claudia Sansò, Ph.D. in Architectural and Urban Composition at the DiARC, University of Naples Federico II, whose speech was entitled: “Forma Urbis / Imago Urbis. Cities' identity through sacred space,” was introduced.
After the keynote speech, was the First Session of the Conference entitled: “City Formation and Identification.” The session was moderated by Professor Laura Terrone, Architect and Ph.D. student at Sapienza University of Rome; Professor Michele Pellino, Architect and Ph.D. student at Sapienza University of Rome and member of the “StandardF-AU Research Group” of the University of Campania “L. Vanvitelli,” and Professor Giada Bartolini, Ph.D. student in Construction Engineering at the Department of Energy, System, Territory, and Construction Engineering at Pisa University.
The second day of the conference started with the speech of the remaining keynote speaker, Professor Federica Morgia, Architect, Associate Professor, and Ph.D. in Architectural and Urban Design, entitled: “Rome. A Palimpsest of Identities between Past and Future.”
After the keynote speech, the Second Session started and was moderated by Professor Nabil Mohareb, Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, The American University in Cairo (AUC), Egypt, and Professor Nicola Cavalagli, Researcher, PhD. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Perugia. The Second Session discussed five presentations before a short break.
Finally, a Discussion and Questions and Answers Sessions followed, and the Conference was concluded by a Panel session, where feedback and final remarks were discussed.
Every city has its valuable and unique identity that is revealed through its physical and visual form. It is seen through the eyes of its residents and users where the collective memories of their residents and users are being shaped. The robust identity of the city comprises the physical spaces and the images that were shaped through clues of memory, which in turn affect the tourism, education level, cultural level & economic prosperity in addition to other aspects.
Cities' identities are constructed and developed over the time, from physical, cultural and sociological perspective the identities are incessantly evolving. This conference will discuss how Architecture and Arts are the embodiment of the historical, cultural, and economical characteristics of the city. It presents how cities' memories play a vital role in protecting the physical and nonphysical heritage of the city. The research presented in this conference will make sense of the transformation of cities and urban cultures, and investigates different new approaches developed in, both, Contemporary Arts and Architecture.
This conference will present how citizens see their cities and how they physically or mentally compare it with the ideal city in their own perceptions. However, a city's identity presents distinguishing factors that make it unique and unlike any other. It covers a huge variety of topics such as the conservation of the cultures and the identity of the city through the designing and planning processes. It discusses the different ideologies, approaches of a more sustainable city, and investigates the different approaches developed in Architecture and Contemporary art.
In this context, IEREK organizes this online conference to discuss several topics regarding different vocabularies. For instance, the sacred architecture, heritage buildings, open spaces, landmarks, the street escapes, etc.; all of them have direct influences at the cities' form. The cities' form also receives the indirect impact from the citizens themselves, such as their culture that accordingly depends on the art, which could be seen and embodied through moral, painting, media, digital art, and sculpture. It then discusses the fundamental elements that have the full resilience and responsibility of the identity of the cities.
This conference also welcomes research papers that includes different case studies that present many solutions of activating the concept of the responsibility of architecture and arts on the development of our cities. It is an important initiative, which presents a new approach that depends on the available features of cities and how planners and decision makers use these resources of the cities' features as the thread tip in solving the urban problems that our cities are facing.
1. Identifying and Shaping Cities and formation
1-1 Cities with Religious and Cultural Theme
1-2 City Structure, Features, and Elements
1-3 The City's Image and Self-Identity
1-4 Transition to Smart and Cities: Structure and Transformation
1-5 Advances in Technologies of City Planning and Development
1-6 Urban Growth, Morphology, and its Impact on Cities Identity
1-7 New Development in Urban Design and Shaping the City and its Culture
1-8 The Influences of City Elements and Vocabularies in the City Form and Development
2. Heritage Arts: Sustainability, Identities and Public Regulations
2-1 Cultural Heritage Protection Conservation and Reuse
2-2 Ideologies and Movements: Shaping the City and its History
2-3 Visuals Arts Role in Documenting Architectural Heritage
2-4 Branding the City Heritage Identities and Sustainable Heritage
2-5 Public Regulations and Efforts in Heritage Conservation
2-6 Mapping Cities Vocabularies: Ecological Approach of Conservation Projects
2-7 The Correlation between Architecture and Arts and Conservation of Cities Vocabularies
2-8 The Role of Heritage Sites in Driving the City Fabrics
3. Contemporary Arts: City Visual Arts and Visualization
3-1 Visuals in Architectural Heritage in Modern Era
3-2 Future of Our Past: Archeology is Yesterday's Visual Arts for today
3-3 Visual Arts Role in Documenting Architectural Heritage
3-4 Art, Music, Interaction Visualization Media and its Impact on Human
3-5 The Dialogue between Ancient and Contemporary Visuals
3-6 Cultural Spaces and Landscapes in Contemporary Arts
3-7 Artistic Heritages and its Impact on Contemporary Arts
3-8 Contemporary Art in Reviving Modern and Historical Cities
4. Development of Cities’ vocabularies
4-1 Planning for Sustainable Context of Re-discovering Heritage Vocabularies
4-2 The Future of Cities Art, Architecture, and Historical Cities
4-3 Architecture and Arts in Cultural Transformation Age
4-4 Shaping and Transformation of Successful Case Studies
4-5 Policies and Guidelines for Planning and Transformation of Cities
4-6 Best Practices for Dealing with Historical Areas and Buildings
4-7 Historic Conservation and Economic Plans for Sustainable Tourism
4-8 Cultural Spaces Development and Landscapes in Contemporary Arts
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15 Sep 2021
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01 Dec 2021
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14 Sep 2021
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01 Dec 2021
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PhD in Architectural and Urban Composition at the DiARC, University of Naples “Federico II”.
Claudia Sansò, PhD in Architectural and Urban Composition at the DiARC, University of Naples “Federico II”. She has been visiting researcher at the IUACC_Instituto Universitario de Arquitectura y Ciencias de la Construcción of the ETSA_Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Sevilla and research fellow at the University of Naples “Federico II”. She has held classes on Islamic Architecture and on Collage and Montage for Architectural Design at the DiARC, University of Naples “Federico II”. She has participated in international conferences and edited several books including Ventuno domande a Renato Rizzi, Clean, Napoli (2020); Fernand Pouillon. Costruzione, Città, Paesaggio. Viaggio in Italia, Aión, Firenze (2019); Adecuación del Castillo del Cerrillo de los Moros. Architettura tra traccia e memoria. Linazasaro & Sanchez, Clean, Napoli (2017). She is the author of the book La moschea e l'Occidente. Tipi architettonici e forme urbane, Accademia University Press, Turin 2020 and César Portela. Estremo Atlantico, Clean, Napoli (2021).
PhD (VII cycle) and is Associate Professor of Architectural and Urban Design with the Faculty of Architecture in Pescara.
Federico Bilò (1965) earned his degree in Architecture in Rome in 1990, under the tutelage of Costantino Dardi. He holds a PhD (VII cycle) and is Associate Professor of Architectural and Urban Design with the Faculty of Architecture in Pescara. During the 1990s he studied the work of Team 10, the hybrid landscape of Adriatic coastal urbanisation and various aspects of the work of Costantino Dardi. Beginning in 2001 he turned his attention to Dutch and Brazilian architecture, the actions of Adriano Olivetti and, above all, the work of Giancarlo De Carlo. He is the author of: Mecanoo (Rome 2003); Figura, sfondo, schemi configurazionali. Due saggi sull'architettura di Costantino Dardi (Rome 2012); Tessiture dello spazio. Tre progetti di Giancarlo De Carlo del 1961 (Macerata 2014); Matera e Adriano Olivetti. Testimonianze su un’idea per il riscatto del Mezzogiorno (Rome 2016); Le indagini etnografiche di Pagano (Siracusa, 2019); RO>PE -derive- PE>RO (Melfi, 2021). He is the editor of: Rem Koolhaas – Bigness, progetto e complessità artificiale (Rome 2004); A partire da Giancarlo De Carlo (Rome 2007); Letture Incrociate. C’è qualcosa di nuovamente attuale nel progetto culturale della Tendenza? (Rome 2015); Ordinariness. Progetto e quotidiano, (Trento 2015) a monographic issue (29/30) of "PPC- Piano Progetto Città". He was co-curator of the section dedicated to Adriano Olivetti in the Padiglione Italia at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale in 2012. In 1992 he was one of the founding partners of GAP AA in Rome, the professional practice where he has developed the majority of his design work. In addition to various residential interventions, the office’s projects include the transformation of an apartment block in the Murattiano district of Bari (2000/03), the community centre-school in a favela of São Paolo (2003/05), the refurbishment of the Laterza Bookstore in Bari (2006), the restoration of a wing of the Castle in Acquaviva delle Fonti (2006/09), the gymnastics park in Civitella Casanova (2010/12) and the renovation of a private home on the dunes of Sabaudia (2011/13). The office’s work was presented in: GAP architetti associati 1993-2008 (Rome 2010); GAP architetti associati. Made in Italy (Pescara 2015).
Associate Professor and Phd in Architectural and Urban Design at Sapienza University of Rome.
Federica Morgia architect, Associate Professor and Phd in Architectural and Urban Design. She currently teaches Architectural and Urban Design at Sapienza University of Rome, and is a member of the Teaching Committee of the Landscape and Environment Doctorate and the International Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s in Architecture Landscape Archaeology at the same university. She is a professor in the Network Designing Heritage Tourism Landscapes, IUAV University of Venice and is involved in architecture, cultural heritage development and the design of walkable cities and accessible mobility. Her projects and works with Officina 5 Architetti Associati have been published in international journals and have won prizes in numerous competitions and exhibitions: New IUAV Headquarters, Nuova sede ASI with Enric Miralles, Prototipo per Scuola Mobile in Argentina, Parco della Memoria in San Giuliano and Padiglione Italia EXPO 2015. She has organized and participated in conferences and seminars on the themes of emergency and reconstruction and the enhancement of the landscape and open space. Her works and projects have been shown in numerous exhibitions. Her most significant publications include: Catastrofe: istruzioni per uso (2007), Enric Miralles Benedetta Tagliabue (2010), Atlante dei paesaggi archeologici (2014), Molto piccolo piuttosto grande (2015) and Stili di vita e città del futuro (2020).
Architect, PhD student at Sapienza University of Rome and member of the “StandardF-AU Research Group” of the University of Campania “L. Vanvitelli”.
Architect, PhD student at Sapienza University of Rome. Graduated with honors in 2018, he studied at the Università of Campania “L. Vanvitelli”, the San Pablo CEU University of Madrid and the Idis Foundation-Città della Scienza of Naples. He has been involved in national and international projects, some of which carried out with Francisco Mangado. He is a member of the StandardF-AU Research Group of the University of Campania “L. Vanvitelli” and his currently activities focuses on the compositional procedures of overlapping the horizontal planes.
Associate Professor Department of Architecture, School of Sciences and Engineering (SSE) The American University in Cairo (AUC)
Dr. Nabil Mohareb is currently an Associate Professor at the American University in Cairo, Department of Architecture, School of Sciences and Engineering (SSE). He was the former Director of Faculty of Architecture – Design & Built Environment, Beirut Arab University (BAU), Tripoli Campus, Lebanon. Dr. Mohareb has worked for distinguished universities in Egypt, United Arab Emirates, and Lebanon. His research focuses on the social behavior activities, their mutual effect on both spatial and economic variables in urban spaces, and their interrelationship with architectural design.
Architect and a PhD student at Sapienza University of Rome.
Laura Terrone is an architect and a PhD student at Sapienza University of Rome. After the graduation with honors at Sapienza University of Rome in 2018, she has combined professional activity with research work. Her research area is the contemporary city and its urban regeneration processes. She is currently working on abandoned work spaces as a result of changes in the economy and their following reuse.
Ph.D. student in Construction Engineering at the Department of Energy, System, Territory and Construction Engineering at Pisa University.
Giada Bartolini is a Ph.D. student in Construction Engineering at the Department of Energy, System, Territory and Construction Engineering at Pisa University. Her research focuses on modelling strategies for monumental structures considering history-related phenomena in staged construction and material uncertainty. The structural modelling and analysis of historical buildings face several challenges due to a complex geometry resulting from staged construction, and historical events, that have normally left evidence on the structures. As a result, many considerations must be taken into account. Therefore, the purpose of Giada’s research is to develop a systematic operating method based on sensitivity analysis in an interdisciplinary framework in order to draw conclusions on the structural health and eventually to design interventions which allow for the cultural heritage conservation.
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering University of Perugia .
Dr. Nicola Cavalagli currently holds an Assistant Professor position at the University of Perugia in Italy. He is Lecturer of the course of Mechanics of Historic Constructions and of the Laboratory of Architectural Restoration since 2015. His research interests are mainly focused on the analysis of historical constructions, with special attention to the homogenization techniques of masonry material and the analysis of masonry arches, vaults and domes, considering geometrical uncertainties effects. Recent studies have been devoted to the development of Structural Health Monitoring strategies applied to heritage constructions for their preventive conservation. He is author of more than 30 papers published in international peer-reviewed journals and more than 50 contributions in proceedings of national and international conferences.