Sophia’s third cycle main theme is “Landscapes of Care” with an overall interest around contemporary photography on how architecture can help a broken planet. It intends to understand how the photographic/imagery universe can be explored as a meaningful instrument of research about the multifaceted complex socioeconomic, political, historical, technical and ecological dimensions of architecture, city and territory that testify, question or emerge from relationships of care.
The concept “landscapes of care” has increasingly been adopted by diverse areas of study coming from health geography to the arts and architecture. Taking this notion to the universe of architecture we would like to understand architecture, city and territory as living and inclusive organisms, constituted by multifaceted landscapes with complex social and organisational spatialities which embody the difference and the other, the strange, the unfamiliar, the indigenous, the human and the non-human.
The upcoming 7th number of Sophia (the first number within the third cycle) will focus the emergency of landscapes of care in extreme territories. Territories like: the desert; the icy- lands; within unstable boundaries, e.g. between land-water; inhabited by native communities; territories that dramatically alter their configuration due to heavy weather conditions and scarce resources or whose natural resources are violently explored and violated. These territories hold vital information about patterns of resistance, flexibility, transformation and metamorphosis, enlightening the problems of vulnerability and resistance in the unforeseen future while opening up new perspectives of design, including new ways of poetically inhabiting the world as a place of encounter between species (following Haraway’s motto “staying with the trouble” and Guattari’s demand: “We need new social and aesthetic practices, new practices of the Self in relation to the other, to the foreign, the stranger”), protecting the ecosystems and understanding architecture more than the distribution of spaces as the distribution of the sensible.
ISSN 2183-8976 [Print] 2183-9468 [Online]
Volume 7, Issue 1 | Publication year: 2022
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