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The international congress “Architecture and Politics”, which will be held in Milan in March 2007, has as its promoters three prestigious Italian Faculties, Lombard by tradition: Architecture and Society (Politecnico di Milano), Educational Studies (Università degli Studi di Bergamo) and Psychology (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore sede di Milano).

The congress aims at discussing and singling out future prospects in the existing relations between Architecture and Politics, construction/transformation activities of physical space and the environment, decisions and planning strategies and management of interventions.

Big architectural, intellectual and social projects are supported by reflections which outline as prominent the ordinative principles of territorial policies which not only compare with each other within the set of infrastructures but also affect issues like the preservation and conservation of nature and of the constructed environment, the creation of the multiethnic and intercultural city with its life and socialization spaces.

Facing up to the pressing social needs, architectural and political projects pursue, by tradition, the respect for human aspirations, considering that in the individual and collectivity there are forces complementary to those of reason which have steered man into a method of behaviour and his own faith up to now.

In its concrete expressions, architecture is the generative point of an order which is both formal and civil. Its ideational action and material resolutions create and organize spaces and places which are political too, achieving, at best, that unity of order, which philosophy has always pursued, that overcomes the opposition between natural and political.

The capability of accepting differences, the identification of foundational values for a mutually respectful cohabitation, the search for ways alternative to the processes of integration experienced so far, emerge as issues inviting to think over the innovative meaning of a “culture of dialogue” for the composition of a “plural territory” each individual can identify himself with.

The deep roots with his own territory, the inhabitant has always recognized as such, are changing towards a condition of “multibelonging” which requires a radical innovation also in the studies on the ethic dimension of the physical and territorial interventions carried out so far.

The social uncertainty and complexity of the present time in the field of choices concerning the anthropic-physical set up of city and territory, the decline of the “coherence-need” concept characterizing mid-Twentieth century architecture and planning, currently look like references to verify the possibility of bringing out a few guidelines for some ethics applied to the future big issues – the collective services in the administration of urban areas, the cultural development of the environment, the infrastructures for mobility and territorial multiculture, temporary dwelling etc. – which can no more rely on the one and only support of rationalistic origin.

So the congress intends to clarify how the dual concept of “Architecture and Politics” must and can find new courses of action directed to the positive exploitation of resources through a combined project reconciling the co-ordinates of a multidisciplinary knowledge – from the art of construction to philosophical and social sciences – for the renewal of the objectives peculiar to the evolution of human condition.

 

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