The City: Object and Phenomenon of Representation
Histories of Urbanity: Theories and Approaches Around the Work of André Corboz
16-18 september 2009, Montreal, Canadian Centre for Architecture.
Around the Work of André Corboz
This colloquium, held in honor of Professor André Corboz, aims to stimulate research into the interrelationships between the city, its images, and its imaginary self-image. Through methodological exploration and transdisciplinary exchange involving the social sciences, literature, and the arts, we propose approaching the city as an object and phenomenon of representation in order to facilitate discussion of the analytic subjects such considerations underlie, explain approaches and their speculative contexts, and reframe questions, particularly about the genesis of meaning in the urban space and the dialogue between cities and their collective identity, both from a historical perspective and that of current thinking on urban planning. As a place or concept—as was shown in the colloquium Ville imaginaire/Ville identitaire ten years ago—the city spatializes identity: we will seek to contribute to an understanding of how, in what forms, and in what ways it does this.
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