CfP: [Architecture and Urbanism of] Radical Inclusivity
[Architecture and Urbanism of] Radical Inclusivity
Can we imagine architecture which is truly inclusive? Architecture not only for minorities and those without voice, but architecture of and for everybody and everything, people and nature? What would an architecture and urbanism based on the idea of radical inclusivity would look like?
In recent years we can observe general acceptance of Carl Schmitt's vision of politics, based on a fundamental distinction between friend and enemy. Schmitt's thinking comes from his experiences of the 1st World War, of long trenches and infantry. His thinking of politics is flat, is based on separation, on 'zoning'. This kind of imagination intertwines with the remnants of the post- modernist obsessions of fragments and marginals in the common fear of totalizing whole. This kind of political imagination seems to be extremely influential in contemporary architecture and urbanism – torn between legacy of modernist 'separationism' and interest in minorities, fragments and excluded.
In the interpretation of the modern left (mainly Chantall Mouffe ) Schmitt speaks in one voice with Karl Marx, the voice of the class struggle and the agonistic conflict. This surprising alliance between contemporary Left and thought of Nazi jurist is directed against neo-liberal capitalism, against the technocratic rationality of modern (post ?)democratic debate. Is agonistic pluralism the only alternative to the current socio-political crisis? Can we imagine a universal (or even – total) pluralism? Can we imagine politics based on an idea of radical inclusiveness, politics in ahorizon of apocatastasis? Inclusivism which is a total, but it is not totalitarian? Can we reject Schmitt's flat imagination and look for multidimensional one that allows us to create - even temporary - inclusive, universal Whole? Instead of separation, instead of functional purity, can we imagine architecture which is truly inclusive?
We are looking for papers that will try to renew the faith in the possibility of universal, inclusive politics, architecture and urbanism. We are open to every possible universalist perspective - from the religious to the transhumanist , from conservatism to the neo - communism.
Articles should be 7,000-8,000 words in length, including references. Please send your papers and a short biography to firstname.lastname@example.org ; queries can also be sent to this address. The deadline for submission is May 1, 2014. We will respond to submissions by early June.
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