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Editorial directions

Editorial directions









The architectural review ArcDueCittà invites who is interested to participate at the publication of our next number, whose topics are:

  • urban resistances and resiliences [1]
  • urban village [2]
  • pubblic space in contemporary city [3]
  • thinking : seeing = representing : shaping [4]

All these topics can be declined in the four sections Urban Design, Architectural and Engineering Design, Interior Design and Visual Art, Virtual Design, that reflect on all the questions of the city of today, such as in the previous version of Arc, searching for an equilibrium between micro-stories and mega-forms, poverty and development, worship of “nature” and humanism.

Our key-words are: host, habitus, landmark, set. 

We want to involve the young architects engaged in the profession or in the academy, with the aim of promoting the dialogue on the means of architecture. We expect that the very topical subjects we propose can encourage your interest and bring you to enrich and promote the debate around the common investigation, either theoretical or applied.

This Call For Papers has the aim to acquire your contributions, following one of these lines:

  • news format (1.000 strokes)
  • article format (3.000 strokes)
  • essay format (20.000 strokes)
  • project format (1.000 strokes)

Each contribution must be in word format.

Each text must be provided of a maximum of 10 images in JPG format, with a width resolution of 600 pixel and related captions.


The contributions must be sent at the editorial staff within the 1st of October 2012 at this address:


The contributions must follow our editorial directions and they need to be furnished with the specific acquittance, downlodable in pdf format by the following links:


Editorial directions


The contributions selected because of their relevance to the proposed topics will be published in the on-line review, but also in the subsequent printed version.



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  1. What kind of urban forms are opposing or might oppose to the standardizing forces of the urban profit (profits, financial capital, urbanization, mobility) and of the urban not-for-profit (survivals, urban migrations, favelas)? Towards which moral principles, in what times and in what kind of morfo-typological configurations do resistances/resiliences manifest or might they do?
  2. In the contemporary architectural/urban design at the urban village scale  it is important to consider the matter of dimension (bigness) as well as the relationship between the whole and parts. Today history can be seen also as a tool to give an answer to the “sustainable problem”  which can’t be solved only with a technological approach.
    Related to this we can underline the theme of the Architectural/urban “Organism” seen both as a body (made of parts, tissues, but also of skin and face) or a cellular model where the unit is the starting point, the first proliferous component and the result is a budding process.
  3. A common background comes up in the entries of the first ArcDueCittà call for papers. Rather than on the proposed topic of public space, papers are focused on the relationship of planned rational urban development and its relation with dense and informal village- like parts of the citied. Wheter prehexistent or later developments these actual urban villages – in Shane’s definition – make the city as the dramatic scene of a relationship between “casbahs” and “skyscrapers.”
  4. Learn about tools and methodologies of representation, linked with design, in order to investigate what and how representation can orient design, consciously or unconsciously.