Call for papers: JOELHO 7 - Learning from Modern Utopias
20th June, 2016, e|d|arq, Coimbra, Portugal
DATE: 20/6/2016
Recent strategies of urban planning have been characterized by a return to the city with an emphasis on the regeneration of the urban tissue. Some claim for the reconstitution of the city as a continuous urban fabric. Others see fragmentation as an inevitable fate. All seem however to belief in the improvement of the existing urban systems rather than in the creation of a completely new order, as the urban utopias of the 1920s and 1930s did.

The Modern utopias, which were critical visions committed to social, humanist and technical researches for the improvement of living conditions in the industrialized city, came to be seen as the cause of the fragmentation, suburbanization and dehumanization of the city and as a tool in the hands of real estate speculation. It can however be argued that the problems the contemporary city has to deal with have much in common with those that gave rise to the modern utopias: bigness and high density, circulation and traffic congestion, public health and social changes, cultural identity and technological development, capitalist profit and corporate power. In thus being, what can contemporary urban design learn from the modern utopias? Is there a complete break with modern planning? To what extent do the solutions pointed by modern utopias underlie contemporary strategies of urban design? Arenīt there successful examples of practical applications of urban modern principles? Can the modern utopias help us improving the problems of existing urban systems?

Topics of interest:
1. Continuity and rupture between modern and contemporary urban planning.
2. Common problems in, and related solutions for, the modern and contemporary city.
3. Successful applications of urban modern principles and their contemporary pertinence.
4. Modern utopias, environmental changes and sustainability in the contemporary city.
5. Modern utopias and smart city.
6. The modern binomial city / countryside and the sprawling city.
7. Modern approaches to mechanical circulation and the contemporary city.
8. Modern and contemporary urban space.
9. Modern utopias and contemporary urban society.
10. Modern utopias, globalization and culture.
11. Dialogues Between Modernism and the Historic City and their relevance today.

Please submit the abstract (400 words), in English, on the platform of the journal (here) until June 20th.
Results will be published until 5 July.
The selected final papers must be submitted in English with a maximum of 4000 words (25000 characters including spaces, footnotes, bibliographic references, etc.), with abstract also in English, and according to the APA (author-date system), until September 20th.
All proposals will be subject to a peer review process.
Joelho 7 will be published in December 2016.

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