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The Future of the City

This thematic series poses the question, how could we imagine the future of the city? Expressions like “discomposed city”, “generic city” and “segregated city” all refer to contemporary, “post-city” realities. Although these spaces are still territories of human settlement and interrelation, contemporary urban contexts can no longer be conceived of neither as spaces for communication and social interaction, nor as spaces of the public sphere. We need to explore – through the interdisciplinary contributions of architects, urbanists, sociologists, political scientists and philosophers - how the city could be re-established as the space of dialogue and communication. Several questions, related to the future of the city still call for an answer. For example: “Are there public policies that could possibly help enhance contemporary and future cities?” and “Which might be the features of a city restored to its citizens?


  1. Research article

    Regaining the culture of cities

    When, as architects, we reflect on the relationship between architectural projects, cities and landscape, we must keep the urban degradation of the world we live in uppermost in our thoughts. Nowadays we live ...

    Paolo Mellano

    City, Territory and Architecture 2017 4:6

    Published on: 9 March 2017

  2. Research article

    The swinging cities of the eternal present

    How many furnitures, or houses, or urban districts, that where designed and made in the 80s are still relevant today? What clothes or shoes that period can be worn without appearing old or out of time? Everybo...

    Mosè Ricci

    City, Territory and Architecture 2017 4:2

    Published on: 21 January 2017

  3. Research article

    Territory matters. Production and space in Europe

    Rather than becoming entangled in the dreadful European crisis, contemporary forms of production could redefine the role of territory. The hypothesis discussed in this paper is that an acute gaze at contempora...

    Cristina Bianchetti and Michele Cerruti But

    City, Territory and Architecture 2016 3:26

    Published on: 15 November 2016

  4. Research article

    Seven challenges for the study of urban movements

    The article explores the difficulties and opportunities derived from the study of contemporary urban movements through the discussion of seven questions: definition of urban movements; understanding of their s...

    Oriol Nel·lo

    City, Territory and Architecture 2016 3:23

    Published on: 2 November 2016

  5. Research article

    Security, city and democracy

    This article analyses the relations between security, urban governance and democratic quality in the light of the fundamental theoretical trends and principal empirical researches present in the socio-politica...

    Mauro Tebaldi

    City, Territory and Architecture 2016 3:17

    Published on: 21 October 2016

  6. Research article

    Urban disorder and vitality

    The concepts of order and disorder applied to urban and territorial issues involve complex definitions. Why do cities, in spite of the effort made to give them order, even though from time to time this order has ...

    Francesco Indovina

    City, Territory and Architecture 2016 3:18

    Published on: 21 October 2016

  7. Research article

    Towards a polyphonic urban score

    By drawing on literature from various disciplinary fields, in particular branches of geography, philosophy, urban design and planning, the article investigates the deep spatial transformations affecting cities...

    Lidia Decandia

    City, Territory and Architecture 2014 1:12

    Published on: 11 October 2014