The call for abstract to select the speakers at the conference, was open to scholars and researchers whose age is 40 at the end of 2011 or PhD-doctor after 2005.
These were the terms of the selection:
“The call for abstract has four main topics are:
> the cultural context for the essay: where the topic is to investigate the panorama of national and international events, meetings and readings Aldo Rossi was familiar with and influenced by at the time he began writing the text.
> mapping the readers: the diffusion of The architecture of the city: translated in many languages, published in many countries, the book ended up defining a geography which is partially coincidental with the network of cultural relations built by its author. This session aims to Investigate if we can still speak of a map of relations generated by The architecture of the city.
> the legacy of an educator: Aldo Rossi’s first book has often been considered as a concluded theory. A more accurate and contemporary reading of the book reveals instead the seeds for multiple and open discussions concerning not only the specific world of “progetto urbano” but also landscape, relation between “new and old” , dissolution of urban hierarchies and so on. We expect proposals Especially by the younger generation of scholars we expect proposals addressing this legacy and how it was interpreted and modified across the last decades.
> Aldo Rossi and the Veneto cities: “the reference for the starting point of this research is the Palazzo della Ragione in Padua and still today I could not imagine more significant example.” The introduction to the Portuguese edition of The architecture of the city begins with these words, personally written by Aldo Rossi. It’s in fact true that Rossi was deriving some of his most productive ideas from the cities of Veneto. A specific panel will host papers and discussion on this topic.”
More than sixty abstracts came from Italy, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Brazil, Chile, United States, China, as confirm of the lively interest the book by Aldo Rossi arouses in young researchers all over the world still today, 45 years after its first publishing.