This panel will focus on contemporary and historical responses by architects and planners to the city. Themes include utopian visions of modernism’s high ideal, the planning of ideal space in the city & its subsequent deterioration, dystopian future visions, a loss of the city to apocalypse, destitution, conflict, or nature, the city as an archive, and urban palimpsests.
An ancillary theme will be the reinsertion of narratives of urban memory into the city landscape, and the interstitial stories of city space that emerge in forms of urban memory – the recurring echoes of the past trapped in the residuum of our decaying cityscapes.
Influences in these areas can be seen in the wide-ranging and diverse ideas of architects, artists and urban theorists such as Manfredo Tafuri, Archigram, Italo Calvino, Mark Crinson, and Andreas Huyssen. Topics for potential papers could include, but are not limited to:
• Totality, visions of utopia and their intersections with architecture
• Future Visions, Architectures of Technological Idealism
• Dystopia, the out-of-control city, Urban Apocalypse
• Urban memory theory, post-industrial city narratives, memory & forgetting in urban space
• Urban palimpsests and the city as an archive
• Archaeological traces and fragments in the built environment
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