"Future Scenarios"


Abstract submission: October 11th, 2019
Paper submission: January 24th, 2020

‘What is to come’ is not a new question. As humans, we always have adapted our being in the world through artifacts, tools, built spaces to give a (precise) shape to the image of the future environment in which we will live.
Today, however, we are overwhelmed by a sensation of acceleration of times, of technological transformation and of rapid social changes that create concern and profound expectations at the same time. Increasingly clear signs of risk appear on the scene and we are asked to rethink and redesign ourselves as users of life in close and interrelated familiarity with the environment.

The idea of this Special Series ‘Future Scenarios’ is to put the architectural project at the center of debate as a complex phenomenon, able to build a synthesis of scientific, social, political and cultural points of view, in a period where the anthropocentric perspective has radically changed our approach to the environment, to construction, to technology and materials, given their impact and effects on scarcity of resources.

In the field of future studies the traditional forecasting approach is still dominant, where the idea is to make previsions on mainstream trends. However, in complex systems, it will hardly generate solutions that could be long lasting. In Architecture a more interesting approach, is backcasting, intended as a method to analyze future with the focus on a preferable scenario. The fundamentals of this approach were outlined by John B. Robinson on the nineties but they remain still today meaningful as they concern less with a possible, plausible or probable future and more with the construction of a progressive knowledge, a physical feasible scenario, a set of skills, which starts from a future end‐point to the present (thus ‘back casting’). Here is where Architecture can give a real contribution to the debate, in a variable, multi‐cultural, trans‐disciplinary and fast changing society. The question is not to anticipate future but to build it.

This call thus seeks research, theory‐ or practice‐based contributions in order to define future scenarios for Architecture and envisage their short‐ and long‐terms implications.

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"The public space. Design, Construction, Management"


Abstract submission: May 17th, 2019
Paper submission: September 20th, 2019

As urban areas represent complex systems, their transformations are ruled by different shapes, ways and times, depending on the different international contexts in which they are located. The peculiarity of the European cities is due to their construction through the stratification of identities, shapes, systems and uses, that they have found representation in the structure of the public space, and in its tangible and intangible characters.

In contrast to what happens in vastly extended world megalopolises, the public space in the European cities is still an important social collector. Infact, in its articulated configurations - street, plaza, garden, urban park, etc.

- it becomes the bearer of multiple dimensions: cultural and semiological, fruitive and perceptual, environmental and eco-systemic, architectural and material. Public space expresses the desires and contradictions of the communities that live it which contribute to its definition. Therefore, the public space is the extraordinary synthesis between the past and the present, the setting for individual and collective life, for the shared perception of identities and meaning, and, at the same time, it is the place for confrontation and conflict. It is a rest area as well as a passing space in which fluxes of people, goods and pieces of information meet. The public space can be a space for singularity and excellence, but at the same time the scene of decay, neglect and anomie.

These articulated values define the public space as a cross-cutting issue of high relevance for the academic research, for critical investigations as well as for new design strategies.

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TECHNE | 18 

Abstract deadline: December 16th, 2018

Paper deadline: February 28th, 2019



Call 18 intends to focus on the open debate developed inside the Technological area, in relation to other scientific and cultural fields, collecting research and design experimentation contributions, as well as essays and critical reflections. Useful contributions for defining the scenario within which the detailed design is placed today.

The main thematic areas are:

1. Detailed design and correct use of resources / environmental sustainability

2. Detailed design and interpretation of the new social demand / sustainability

3. Detailed design and new opportunities offered by industry 4.0 / economic sustainability

4. Detailed design and protection of the creative and creative values of architecture 

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TECHNE | 17 

Abstract deadline: June 24th, 2018

Paper deadline: September 30th, 2018

"Verticality/Horizontality in Architecture"

The call identifies some areas of refection concerning programs, processes, strategies, projects and technical tools, aimed at encouraging the development of new policies for the transformation of the territory and the built environment. With regard to the different realities of scale, it will be possible to understand tools and methods aimed at updating the form of the city in the medium and long term, with the aim of improving the quality of life and ensuring the sustainability of transformations.

The main thematic areas concern:
• density and settlement logics: models and intervention techniques for urban density; tools and design strategies for land consumption reduction; hard and so territorial infrastructures for a fair access to the resources.
• growth and development processes: circular economy growth models for urban and peri-urban areas; “ruralisation” of the compact city and production for subsistence; functional mixitè in horizontal/ vertical development models.
• typological and technological experimentation: new research and typological/technological experimentation fields; technological and design innovations in vertical/horizontal architectures; role of production and of the industry in the densification project. 

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TECHNE | 16 

Abstract deadline: January 31th, 2018

Paper deadline: April 9th, 2018


The growing complexity of transformation processes of built environment has increased the attention to the project’s immaterial dimension and its “invisible components”, while the careful control of its physical and material components seems to be less relevant. This is happening despite the growing requirements needed and the increased levels of building performance to be provided -especially those imposed by environmental issues- are accelerating techniques innovation and modifying the contents and practices of the project.

The many needs to be met and the overwhelming availability of new technical options push on established paradigms and arrangements, demanding the project to recreate coherence between the constructive principle and the authenticity of the material. A coherence being able to meet the challenges of contemporaneity, by fully synthesizing its many instances (environmental, social, cultural, technical, expressive), without any media exhibition of the innovation, nor renouncing to use materials as a vehicle – and, together, as content – of the quality of space and architecture.

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The call for paper will open on October, 27th 2017



EERA Joint Programme on Smart Cities SPECIAL ISSUES SERIES

Since their creation eight years ago, the EERA Joint Programmes and their participating institutions have accumulated important knowledge on the specific topic of each of the several programmes they carried out. This includes Smart Cities, which refers to the main outlines of EERA JPs on Smart Cities Workplan, focusing on innovative solutions based on interdisciplinary approaches, as needed to face the highly complex structure of a future smart energy system at urban scale.

Techne Special Issue 1/2018 on “European Pathways to Smart Cities” sits in this Framework, as a first step of the cooperation between EERA JPSC - European Energy Research Alliance Joint Programme on Smart Cities and SITdA - Società Italiana della Tecnologia dell'Architettura, with the objective to highlight the different researches and approaches emerging in the European way to transition towards the Smart Cities.

In line with the research areas identified by EERA JPSC and SITdA, the papers proposed for this Special Issue are expected to focus on one of the following topics:

1. Energy in Cities: knowledge and simulation

2. Energy Networks: integration, decentralization, management

3. Buildings and Built Environment: smart features to improve efficiency and integration

4. Supply Technologies: exploiting interaction of sources and synergies maximization

Papers will provide original research results, case-study review, feasibility analysis, issues of large scale test and experimental application of new technologies, processes, protocols, models, which already have an impact on municipalities, environment, economy and social communities, as well as essays on scientific and/or non scientific challenges such as the smart cities concept.

The call for paper will open on October, 27th 2017. 

Authors are request to submit an abstract of 4000 characters by December, 22nd 2017.

Two sections are available in which the papers can be published: “research and experimentation” and “essays”. For both sections, at the abstract submission, Authors must specify the section, the topics to which their paper is addressed and at least 3 specific keywords, reflecting the essential elements of the paper. For further information

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TECHNE | 15 

Abstract deadline: SEPTEMBER 8th, 2017

Paper deadline: DECEMBER 18th, 2017


The Call aims at pointing out paradigmatic scenarios of “resilience thinking”, through which border the position of the Architecture Technology and the advances done in the last decade. The general aim is to give back the debate on resilience developed into the field of Architecture Technology - even with contributions coming from other disciplines – focusing on both the specificity of the research tradition and the thematic approach developed within the Technological Society (SITdA clusters). In particular, the relation between the built environment and resilience is expressed in a specific field of thinking that invests both the technological/ spatial and environmental conditions of the project, both the material/ constructive aspects of the existing heritage, both the demand for new performances for dwelling, including consolidated practices for conservation and the production of anthropic spaces..

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