The aim of this conference is to present and discuss the productive role and critical potential of the architectural project in the transformation processes of contemporary urban areas. The aim is to get an overview of and compare, on a global scale, different existing strategies in architectural design and urban research activities that target the question of urban
Current settlement conditions mutate rapidly. Urban areas have been caught up in a turbulent process of transformation over the past 50 years. The transformation of the traditional city and the modes of peripheral expansion as well as the technical infrastructures comprise the new landscape for contemporary projects and development interests, while issues such as mobility, organized nature and collective space are critical in each case. We have come to the understanding that in the age of globalization, cities can no longer be
viewed as autonomous identities but have to be understood as parts of larger networks, of metropolitan areas.
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