call for papers



villardjournal 02.018



edited by

Luca Di Lorenzo

Giulia Menzietti


deadline for complete papers

31 March 2018




Authors are welcome to discuss their proposals and abstracts with the editors ( in advance of making a formal submission


Nowadays, the boundary between architecture and communication, between building and text, between representation and language, is progressively vanishing. More than ever, the narrative value of an architectural work becomes a fundamental element. The possibility of conveying meanings, quoting and referring to something else, turns out to be the ultimate goal, no longer necessarily linked to the condition of feasibility or to the building’s functional value.
The potentiality of architecture as a communication tool is crucial.


In these “meta-projects” the representation itself becomes the first way to express the power of the media, beyond any use or function of the building, whether realized or not.

This second issue of the villardjournal aims to explore the wide range of themes connected to communication and architecture. The idea is to approach this entangled and conflicting relationship from different vantage points: looking at architecture as a means of communication; investigating the migration of architectural strategies and attitudes into the immaterial flows of information; surveying the situation of the media in relation to architecture and their possible evolution; exploring the ways in which communication works inside the design process; addressing the need of narrative devices to inflect the debate and affect reality in order to ease the reception of architectural experiments; investigating new methods of communicating architecture based on the rising power attributed to the architectural representation today.


We are seeking papers (3000-4000 words / 20000-30000 characters) that unfold the connection between architecture and communication starting from these questions. Articles could analyse either significant case studies or theoretical approaches, with their ideological, social, political and disciplinary aspects.


Guidlines for submission available here