international seminar october 11th-12th 2012

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The seminar raises two questions, the first addressed to knowledge: do we have consciousness of contemporary culture’s character? The second addressed to appearing (the irreducible manifestation of every thing, project, idea): are we aware of the shapes that our knowledge produces and roots in the territory?

If we do not comprehend the fundamental structure of meanings that are generated in the intersection between knowledge and appearing then we can’t really understand what we do see and what we do produce.
In this perspective the theme of "prejudiced" raises; “affected” are all the areas of knowledge that have been expelled and rejected by contemporary culture, even though they are at the foundations of knowledge and appearing; in one word of the "project".

The dominion of technical-scientific knowledge, endorsed by the individualism and self-referential aesthetics,  creates an unsustainable condition to the project, the landscape and its inhabitants.

The seminar aims to bring to the debate core an issue that affects all of us and which is expressed by the encreasing demand for environment and urban quality, being aware that it’s not possible to face the issue of quality without first facing the issue of aesthetic –in its metaphysical and ontological dimension- the level that cannot be postponed, but which is the most snubbed by the architecture nowadays.

Since World War II, aesthetic knowledge has been weakened and gradually excluded from the production processes of the project and replaced by a device of schemes, automation and anonymity masked as social and sustainable values. In other words, it has been replaces by the paradigm of the shapeless, the sum of two principles: isolation and individuality. A demonstration to all this? Our territory –suburbs- after only fifty years of transformations. This process has invested both the field of research and profession, crossing all disciplines.

The European Landscape Convention recalls the urgency to stem the landscape’s desertification, being this a meaning, a cultural desertification. How could architecture respond if it is dominated by the same knowledge building peripheries and managing the world divided into isolated parts? How can architecture consciously answer if its own mind has been almost carried out, finally moved into the tight meshes of technicist-normative apparatus?

There is no language which ​​can be defined per se “neutral”, for this reason entrusting the project to the abstract authority of technical indexes is not indifferent, but constitutes in itself an ideology.

The title "Common Ground" of the XIII Biennale of Architecture becomes the occasion to question if this "Common domain", to be effective, should not have to deal with the "Un-common grounds" -timeless and universal vision- in order to resume the interlacement of connections between things and make it visible into architectural landscape; towards linking up together the technical-scientific paradigm and the ontological-metaphysical one in the project.



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