• Giovanni Maciocco, University of Sassari

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Aims & scope


With its focus on the pluralism of positions and project perspectives regarding the city, territory and architecture, this journal aims to open up an interdisciplinary debate on the relational nature of projects for spaces where people settle and interrelate.

A comparison between various scientific fields is therefore encouraged, also involving knowledge that was previously to some extent implicit or neglected by urban projects, but that has gradually increased in importance and sometimes become essential for exploring new ways of conceiving of urban space in the contemporary society.

The City, Territory and Architecture journal (CTA) is dedicated to sharing scientific (theoretical and applied) knowledge and positions on spaces of city and territory. Its primary goal is to explore the conceptual and physical relations between city, territory and architecture.

Open thematic series

  •  The future of the city
    • This special theme possess the question, how could we imagine the future of the city? Expressions like "discomposed city", "generic city" and "segregated city" all refer to contemporary, "post-city" realities. Although these spaces are still territories of human settlement and interrelation, contemporary urban contexts can no longer be conceived of neither as spaces for communication and social interaction, nor as spaces of the public sphere. We need to explore - through the interdisciplinary contributions of architects, urbanists, sociologists, political scientists and philosophers - how the city could be re-established as the space of dialogue and communication. Several questions, related to the future of the city still call for an answer. For example: "Are there public policies that could possibly help enhance contemporary and future cities?" and "Which might be the features of a city restored to its citizens?"
  •  City representations
    • This special theme encourages papers submissions on city representations. Photos of urban scenes and photorealistic renderings, such as those found on the Internet, have become ubiquitous and part of our everyday life. After a long journey begun during the Renaissance, it appears that "perspective" has finally triumphed as the medium for representing urban space. However, if we take a closer look, the impression begins to change. Instead of a space organised mathematically and from a stable point of view, the multitude of images is producing a fragmented world no longer capable of producing an organised scene. At the same time, other tentative representations of the city are appearing: ecosystem diagrams, time occupation patterns, density patterns, isochrons, shadow diagrams and descriptions of the intensity of communications. All of these enable us to understand aspects of reality that we could use to open up new realms of project design for the city and its components
  •  Homes, cities and the end of labour
    • This special theme focuses on homes, cities and the end of labour. As Jeremy Rifkin has already pointed out, labour is progressively vanishing and with it two of its long-time companions are also fading: the framing of time and the zoning of space into areas devoted to work, leisure, family and rest. The boundaries between these activities are fading in contemporary life, as people work at home, travel to make purchases and gather in virtual networks. It is interesting to observe that although society is going through these major changes, most of our spatial infrastructures, from the design of our homes to the city zones, not to mention many of the projects that are still waiting to be built, are remnants of the Taylorist age.
  •  Housing and the crisis
    • This special theme focuses on housing under crisis. One of the first signs of the onset of the financial crisis currently prevailing in Europe and the rest of the world was the collapse of the property market. It left planners and architects in a difficult situation. As the number of projects decrease and plans are considerably limited, in some EU countries up to 50% of architects and planners are losing their jobs. Professionals feel, on the one hand, a sense of "uselessness" but, on the other, the crisis entails new prospects for planners and architects as it is contributing to important changes in attitude and behaviour among consumers as regards housing, urban mobility, private and public (common) space and facilities, etc. Tendencies among consumers to emphasise actual functionality rather than commercial market images may, therefore, suggest experimenting new forms of housing and urban life and enhancing the fields of planning and architecture.

Editor's quote

Prof. Giovanni Maciocco

"The City, Territory and Architecture journal (CTA) aims to create an interdisciplinary space for debating the conceptual and physical relationships between city, territory and architecture. As Editor-in-Chief, my wish is to stimulate scholars by facilitating different perspectives and providing a platform for papers that explore the relational nature of urban spaces; discovering new ways of realizing urban spaces in contemporary society."

Prof. Giovanni Maciocco

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