The 5th International Conference “Aesthetic Energy of the City”: Static and Dynamic Qualities of the City

organized by
The University of Lodz  [Department of Ethics/Institute of Philosophy]
The University of Barcelona [Polis Research Centre]
The Urban Forms Foundation
The Conference will be held at the Institute of Philosophy at the University of Lodz, 3/5 Lindleya Street, on 12th–14th September 2022.
[Due to the developing Covid-19 pandemic, we are considering the possibility of conducting an entirely online conference. If it is possible, we are ready to organize both virtual and live sessions]

AIMS & TOPICS
The city is usually full of opposites. It is important especially now as we face the challenges of the Sustainable Development Goals (the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development) which will surely have an impact on the ways of “building a city”. In a living city, something always changes, but there are also elements that function permanently or relatively permanently. It seems that the oscillation between what is static and dynamic is an inherent feature of the city. The experience of this diversity or polarization manifests itself in various aspects, not only historical, but above all axiological. We differentiate and value what is:

  • sustainable /unsustainable
  • old / new
  • permanent / ephemeral
  • orderly / chaotic
  • planned / spontaneous
  • invasive / neutral
  • homogeneous and stylish / heterogeneous and syncretic
  • sudden / expected
  • useful / useless
  • visible during the day or at night
  • noticeable while moving or resting
  • assessed from the outside or inside (by tourists / residents).

The different qualities can be internalized as values and hierarchized in various ways. Dynamics can be understood not only positively, but also destructively, because even such an aspect may generate qualities considered as positive after some time. These aspects include both modernization and reconstruction, and on the other hand, ruins, expansion of natural forms. In spite of the obvious volatility, don’t we expect a balance between what is permanent and what is changeable? How much can one allow oneself to introduce changes or modifications (perhaps it is not always worth to protect everything)? What changes are more readily accepted: functional or visual? What changes are more advantageous to our cities?

ABSTRACTS
Please submit your abstract via email using attached AEC5-Registration-form. Abstracts will undergo a peer review for selection or rejection by the conference committee.
A printed publication of the Conference abstracts will be available at the Conference. Only the attending and registered delegates are going to be published. All abstracts (maximum of 400 words) must contain the title of the proposed paper, the name of the author, a brief cv including current affiliation and the contact information (institutional affiliation, mailing address and email address).

PRESENTATIONS
All accepted and registered delegates will be presenting their papers at the Conference.
Presentations will be organized in sessions or panels of no more than 4 papers presented for 20 min and all followed by a 30 minute debate.

FULL PAPERS
The publication of full papers will be prepared after the Conference and authors will be notified if their papers are selected for further publication. Depending on the subject, we offer printing selected, double-reviewed papers in magazines: “On the w @terfront” (University of Barcelona), “Acta Universitatis Lodziensis. Folia Philosophica. Ethica – Aesthetica – Practica” (University of Lodz). See our previous papers.

REGISTRATION
All attending delegates must proceed with Registration and fee payment in order to present their papers at the Conference.

FEES & ACCOMODATION

CONTACT
Agnieszka Gralińska-Toborek Ph.D (Conference Secretary)
aestheticenergycity@uni.lodz.pl
Wioletta Kazimierska-Jerzyk Ph.D (Conference Chair)
wioletta.kazimierska@uni.lodz.pl 

The 5th International Conference “Aesthetic Energy of the City”:  Static and Dynamic Qualities of the City