Tirana Architecture Week 2020: Science and the City in the era of Paradigm Shifts
“Self-driving Uber Car Kills 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 life in the contemporary city. In the last thirty years, The IT Revolution has dramatically changed the urban landscape. The information has become an essential component of a new way of designing and thinking about a new urban environment. A whole generation of architects is introducing and transferring the digital world to a new reality of reactive, sensitive, interactive architectures.
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 the 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. 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.
Future Architecture Fellows:
Matilde Igual (Institute for Linear Research)
Renzo Sgolacchia (Learning from films)
Fabio Ciaravella (Architecture of Shame)
Eduardo Corales (MOB Projects)
Sonja Lakic (Apartment Biographies)
Miguel Braceli (Biblioteca abierta)
Brad Downey (Manifesto for unexpected architectures)
Alessandro Melis (UK - Portsmouth) - 28 September
Matias Del Campo (US - SPAN Architects) - 30 September
Farshid Moussavi (Farshid Moussavi Architecture) - 02 October
Antonino Saggio (IT - Sapienza) - 5 October
Makoto Sei Watanabe - 9 October
Philippe Rahm (Philippe Rahm Architects) - 10 October
7 Questions for the Future of Architecture | Supported by FA Platform - Opening 30 September, POLIS University MAD Gallery
Architecture in Salzburg | Supported by the Austrian Embassy in Tirana - Opening 08 October, POLIS University Hall
Book Presentation (with the authors)
ALBANIA: Decades of Architecture in Political Context - 03 October
International Scientific WebConference
[SCIENCE AND THE CITY] Inviting Speculative and Critical Inquiries on the Com-position of Techno-science, Architecture and the City - 2-3 October
Learning from Films
Engaging architects in filmmaking practices to deal with complex urban realities
Institute for linear Research
An open platform researching contemporary landscapes by walking on a straight line around the globe
Architecture of Shame
Architecture of Shame investigates relationships between architecture and shame as a tool to understand contemporary European identities from a bottom up perspective
Manifesto for unexpected architectures
Micro architecture projects which explore alternative time-space relationships
Apartment Biographies: a travelogue; a book; an architectural (hi)story.
Intimate residing experiences: notes on social upheaval, freedom, power and demographic change.
MOB Projects is an international design incubator that develops furniture projects designed by contemporary architects and artists.