Call for Papers: The Horizontal Metropolis

Deadline: 30 April 2015 - 12:00am

Dates: 12 - 14 October 2015


Where: Lausanne, Switzerland

Venue: SwissTech Convention Center, L'Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne

Conveners: Farzaneh Bahrami, Martina Barcelloni Corte, Chiara Cavalieri, Marine Durand, Roberto Sega, Matthew Skjonsberg

The general theme for the 2015 Urbanism & Urbanization PhD Seminar, hosted by EPFL and Foundation Latsis in Lausanne, Switzerland,  is “The Horizontal Metropolis: a radical project.”

The Horizontal Metropolis is both an image and a concept, it is a lens through which to view the form of the contemporary city, conceptualizing it and constructing it as a project. It refers to a specific spatial condition characterized by a horizontality of infrastructure, urbanity, relationships, and by closely interlinked, co-penetrating rural/urban realms, communication, transport and economic systems. Contemporary urban figures such as Città diffusa in Northern Italy, Desakota in Asia or ville horizontale in Africa, fine grained settlement dispersion in Flanders, or Zwischenstadt in Germany are just some of the examples able to effectively describe this emergent urban condition, increasingly related to the dispersion of the urban fabric within the agricultural landscape.

The U&U International PhD Seminars and the 2015 Latsis Symposium will investigate the “Horizontal Metropolis”, its space, its traditions, and its contemporary relevance as an energetic, ecological and social design framework. The dual aim of the event is to connect the specific questions arising in different urban contexts to larger international reflections and processes, and to valorize a multidisciplinary approach in discussing the Horizontal Metropolis.

The seminar invites full papers that present a coherent piece of research or dissertation chapter, as well as short papers that address methodologies, research questions or articulate a starting point for PhD research. Both full (4000-5000 words) and short (2000-2500 words) papers will be organized in thematic sessions. In addition to the seminar proceedings, a selection of seminar contributions will be published subsequently.

PhD candidates interested in presenting a paper should submit an abstract of maximum 1000 words by 30 April 2015. The scientific committee, taking into account the relation to the themes, will select papers to be presented during the seminar, and will invite respondents in consideration of the subject to which they are most closely related. Submission guidelines and more information on the fields of research can be found on the conference website.

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