- forA on the Urban examines the open, unfinished, multi-scaled, interconnected, complex and wild nature of urban manifestations, challenges and situations through an expanded notion of architecture.
- Due to the expansive nature and increasing scale of the processes of artificialisation and the parallel deterioration of our environment, most of the current demands on our civilisations are, in one way or another, intrinsically linked to the urban condition.
- Architecture has always had a central role and a responsibility to meet challenges that cause dramatic changes in social life. Architecture will only continue to remain of societal relevance if it is willing to accept its societal responsibility and get in closer working contact with other disciplines, as the global challenges cannot be met through mono-discipline approaches.
- We need to consider the interrelationships that produce challenges that tend to create situations of irreversible deterioration of the living conditions of our and other species, due to their complex, accelerative, multicausal, irreversible and entangled nature, all in order to detect, examine, analyse and understand these situations in a way that goes beyond the common frames of reference and available practical tools.
- Correspondingly, defining the parameters of the urban are crucial to the themes that orient the journal as both process and artefact. Only by destabilising scalar (disciplinary, and methodological) limitations can common practices of analysing urbanity through isolated categories be challenged.
- Exploring the formats of discursive essays, investigations and projects incites reflection and discussion towards an experimental multilogue and valuable contribution to the discourse around the urban. Embracing the notions of treatise, disquisition, and literary and artistic exploration of the essay aims to contribute to the necessary renovation of established vocabulary, formats, and methodologies, and the deconstructions of their very limits.
- Thus, combining research with practical approaches and analysis, the journal seeks to articulate new formulations of urbanism.
forA on the Urban invites you to the Launch of Issue #0 and Forum #1 on the Urban, hosted by the Institute of Architecture, University of Applied Arts Vienna.
25 Sept 2021, 4pm (free and open to the public) La Biennale di Venezia, Biennale Sessions Ca’ Giustinian, Sala delle Colonne San Marco 1364/A 30124 Venice.
Launch of Issue #0 and the Forum #1 on the Urban, hosted by the Institute of Architecture, University of Applied Arts Vienna On the occasion of the 17th International Architecture Biennale 2021 in Venice, the Institute of Architecture at the University of Applied Arts Vienna cordially invites you to the presentation of forA on the Urban –– a journal as process and artefact aiming for inclusive forms of knowledge production between academic traditions and emerging approaches. forA on the Urban examines the open, unfinished, multi-scaled, interconnected, complex and wild nature of urban manifestations, challenges and situations through an expanded notion of architecture. forA on the Urban is a project made possible by the University of Applied Arts Vienna, conceptualized and produced by the Institute of Architecture (IoA), edited by Gerald Bast, Andrea Börner, Cristina Díaz Moreno, Efrén García Grinda, and Baerbel Mueller and supported by an international advisory board: Tom Avermaete, Margitta Buchert, Mario Carpo, Nerea Calvillo, Filip De Boeck, Keller Easterling, Teresa Galí-Izard, Mario Gandelsonas, Andrew Herscher, Sandi Hilal, Nikolaus Hirsch, Lesley Lokko, Elke Krasny, Sanford Kwinter, Mpho Matsipa, John McMorrough, Peter Mörtenböck, Helge Mooshammer, Alessandro Petti, Philippe Rekacewicz, Curtis Roth, Saskia Sassen, AbdouMaliq Simone, Ines Weizman, Liam Young.