10th CONGRESS AISU
ADAPTIVE CITIES THROUGH THE POST PANDEMIC LENS
Times and Challenges in Urban History
Turin, 6-10 September 2022
Macrosession 4. Resilience and/or Adaptiveness
Resilient Palaces. Civic architecture as a mirror and tool of urban adaptability (12th-17th centuries)
Marco Folin – Università di Genova – firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrea Longhi – Politecnico di Torino – email@example.com
Since the Middle Ages, the urban landscape of Italian cities has been marked by the presence of public palaces and civic architecture: buildings, monuments, infrastructures that fulfilled multiple functions for collective use, emboding the civil identity of the inhabitants. Those building have always maintained a crucial role in the public life and cultural landscape of Italian cities as places of self-representation for civic authorities and their policies for 'good government' up to the present day.
In this long-term framework, this session aims to focus on turning points, breaks, restructuring/reconversion steps after dramatic events: fires, wars, plague epidemics; the establishment of seigniorial powers or the subjugation to dominant cities; the shift towards forms of oligarchic power. Special attention will be paid to cross-cutting approaches, highlighting the complexity of historical processes in urban contexts and the permeability of architecture to political, social and cultural factors.
To submit a paper proposal by
31 March 2022