Symposium: Architectural and Planning Cultures across Regions: Digital Humanities Collaboration Toward Knowledge Integration
26th-27th March, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
DATE: 26/3/2017
Between 26th and 27th the Symposium Architectural and Planning Cultures across Regions: Digital Humanities Collaboration Toward Knowledge Integration will be held at Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan.

The chair of Docomomo International, Prof. Ana Tostões, will comment the presentations with Akiko Okabe.

"The main objective of this symposium is to discuss the potential and the limits that technologies of information offer to integrate architectural and planning cultures across regions. We invite well-established and promising historians, theoreticians and critics of architecture, urban design and planning to evaluate the processes of production of knowledge in these fields. 
These fields of knowledge production have developed in order to contribute to a critical assessment of the models, technologies, forms, methods and materials used in the making of architecture, cities and villages across the world. These fields developed in order to train and inform the professionals practically engaged in shaping the spaces inside and outside cities with the fundamental tasks of orienting and criticizing the modernization of cities and architecture in a global scale.
The debate about the modernization of cities and architecture has overcome several intellectual crises illustrated in the apparition and disappearance of terminologies, such as, post-colonial, post-modern, and post-environmental. The challenge nowadays is to produce knowledge useful for the design and planning of spaces inside and outside cities that takes into consideration a variety of values and perspectives operating in a global scale and by varied disciplines at different levels. In this context, for producing a well-informed architectural and planning culture, it is necessary to take into consideration the conceptual, organizational, formal and material references coming from urban-rural, modern-traditional, international-local, government-community interactions in different regions across the world. 
Nowadays, historians, theoreticians and critics of architecture, urban design and planning have access to a huge quantity and diversity of information. They are impelled to engage into the disclosure of the knowledge produced at a local level for a larger global audience. At the same time, they need to think about how certain criteria and standards permit or impede the comparison and the sharing of this knowledge being produced in varied contexts. These are important challenges of the 21st century that they have now to tackle in order to produce an architectural and planning culture that is critical, updated and global in scope. 
In order to address this challenge, we invite historians, theoreticians and critics of architecture, urban and regional planning and design to discuss:
What are the benefits and obstacles for integrating knowledge through the use of new technologies in digital humanities?
How would these new technologies impact the way we produce knowledge in the fields of history, theory and critics of architecture, design and planning?"

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