ARCHITECTURE UNLOCKS NATURE
European Research Conference on Design and Ecological Transition
24.-26.01.2024, Politecnico di Milano
The theoretical background of the conference is based on the outcomes of the EAAE Charter on Architectural Research, which emphasises the importance of SDGs in reflecting on how the climate crisis and the ecological transition impact space.Also the work carried on by the New European Bauhaus, which focuses on the same topics from a European perspective, is taken into consideration to discuss the role of architecture in ecological transition.
To expand on these themes, the conference will focus is on how architecture unlocks nature and will highlight best practice as well as the ambiguities of the discourse about nature in contemporary architectural practice. Using this framework the conference is looking for contributions which inquire into how architecture and research can, as the EAAE Charter states, «understand, explain, anticipate and influence the consequences of these changes», and which explicitly investigate, among others, themes like the typological implication of nature, biodiverse environments and their care, social access and the right to green spaces.
The aim is to gather voices that are able to critically reflect on the relationship between project and nature, to explore and redefine architecture’s role and its theoretical implications for ecological transition.
Contributions can include, among other themes, theoretical research, presentation of best practices, design-driven reflections, and exploratory research.