STUDIO#07 – ILLEGAL | Call for Papers



Contemporary society is based on written rules or not – whether right or wrong – that influence people’s existence, thus as in everyday’s life, also the city creates its rules, offering hidden scenarios going beyond their normal ordinary perception, proposing new types of space and relation.

STUDIO#07 – ILLEGAL wants to investigate the existence of different ways to make architecture and consequent alternative processes of urban reality transformation.

Architecture has always held an important role in defining spaces conditioning human behavior; laws, codes, norms trace a practice line which, even if it is not always shared, offers contemplative moments and consequent actions/reactions.

Illegal buildings are the architectural answer to society’s needs: you cannot attribute them only a negative meaning, but you must recognize a need and a thrust for transformation.
Legal buildings are not always the architectural answer to society’s needs: you cannot attribute them only a positive meaning, but you must recognize their need imposed by the interest of a few.

Who has the right/duty to define the thin boundary between legality and illegality? Is there still a clear difference between these two terms or are there hybrid situations where it is possible to find a co-existence of these two realities? Which architecture and which city for the illegality?

Submission Guidelines
The call for papers defines the field of interest of an issue and produces a context in which to situate contributions.
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ABSTRACT: July 20th 2014
FINAL PIECE: August 25th 2014
PUBLICATION: September 2014

STUDIO, Architecture and Urbanism Magazine

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