• Joelho 8 - Ideas and Practices for the European City

    2018-01-15

    The issue #8 of Joelho - Journal of Architectural Culture has just been published. This issue, dedicated to the theme "Ideas and Practices for the European City", was co-edited by José António Bandeirinha (CES, DARQ, UC) Luís Miguel Correia (CEIS20, DARQ, UC) and Nelson Mota (TU Delft). Joelho 8 publishes contributions from Ákos Moravánszky, Irina Davidovici, Matthew Teissmann, Alexandre Alves Costa, Chiara Monterumisi, Harald Bodenschatz, Joana Capela de Campos and Vitor Murtinho, Platon Issaias, Kasper Lægring, Nuno Grande and Roberto Cremascoli, and Jorge Figueira and Bruno Gil. These scholars discuss the multiple facets of the European city as the vital locus for the historical processes that populate our imagination as urbanites. In three complementary parts - Discourses, Projects, and Reviews - Joelho 8 presents a critical cross-section of ideas and practices for the European City developed over the last century. The articles included in this issue discuss several instances of the European city as a palimpsest, a physical and mental support where multiple historical phenomena are overlaid. Looking from different intellectual perspectives, Joelho 8 shows the European city as a place of coexistence, a stable, yet dynamic, organism against which the flow of time and the accumulation of experiences takes place. Joelho 8 allows us to travel in time, navigating through different aspects that have contributed to make the European city a cherished repository of collective memory and a shared cultural heritage.

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  • Joelho 7 - Learning from Modern Utopias

    2016-12-25

    With the crisis of modernism, modernist utopias came to be seen as the cause of the fragmentation, suburbanization and dehumanization of the city and as a tool in the hands of real estate speculation. However, modernist utopias were critical visions committed to social, humanist and technical research for the improvement of living conditions in the industrialized city. On the one hand, one cannot deny the modernist attempts to reconcile the urban predicaments raised anew by the industrialization process and the creation of a new, post-industrial social condition. On the other hand, it can be argued that the problems the contemporary city has to deal with have much in common with those that gave rise to the modernist utopias: bigness and high density, circulation and traffic congestion, public health and social changes, cultural identity and technological development, capitalist profit and corporate power. It is therefore to be expected that links should be found between those utopias and contemporary strategies of urban design. The challenge launched by Joelho for this issue aims at exploring these links.

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