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Tirana Architecture Week 2020: Catalysts of Change

#workshop, talk, exhibition
12 Sep - 25 Sep 2020
Tirana Architecture / Design Week (TA/DW), Tirana, AL
Tirana, AL

The event is postponed until further notice!

© Visitor at Tirana Design Week 2019: Rethinking the Future


In the last thirty years, the development of computers and ICT technologies changed several disciplines. The IT Revolution has imposed itself as a new paradigm in all architecture, and information has become the essential component of a new way of designing and thinking about a new urban environment. A whole generation of architects has been dealing with the purpose of transferring the dynamic interconnection at the heart of IT from the digital world to a new reality of reactive, sensitive, interactive architectures. 

This paradigm shift led by science in its different forms has deeply influenced our notion of the city and created a field of rich possibilities to define either the positive or negative impact of this new realm of influence.

“Self-driving Uber CarKills Pedestrian in Arizona, Where Robots Roam,” reads a New York Times article of March 19th, 2018, one day after the accident. This is just an example among many others of the entanglement of science with the contemporary city. The aim of Tirana Architecture Week 2020 is to draw current research and design practices, as well as theoretical speculations on the relationship between the paradigm shifts in science and urbanism; in other words about science and the city. Such mandate will be addressed in multiple scales and contexts, and from different perspectives within different fields of interest, directly or indirectly related to design, architecture, urban studies, sociology, environmental research, engineering, education, and pedagogy.