Deadline 31 May 2020

[Closed] Heteronomy of Architecture between hybridation and contamination of Knowledge

«I believe in the heteronomy of architecture, in its necessary dependence on the circumstances that produce it, in its intrinsic need to be in tune with history, with the events and expectations of individuals and social groups, with the arcane rhythms of nature». (Giancarlo De Carlo)


Abstract submission: May, 31 th 2020
Paper submission: October, 2nd 2020


The complexity of the current scenario has radically changed the culture of the project and consequently the planning, construction and management of the built environment. Technological progress has entered forcefully into the architectural context, generating unforeseen effects of high anthropic, social and economic impact, which enrich each other by proposing new fields of research.

This makes it crucial to work on the frontiers of knowledge and their hybridization, as a privileged way to develop processes, technologies and materials capable of responding to the changing and rapid demands of contemporary society.

But what exactly do “hybrid knowledge” consist in? What relationships govern the meeting between human sciences and exact sciences and what are the legitimation criteria to which the fruits of hybridization in architecture tend, which has always been a border discipline? Countless the examples. Certainly the main forms of hybridization concern the encounter between the humanities and design, which over time has given rise to new and original founding theories; secondly, information technology and the immaterial world, which have expanded the designer’s technical and cognitive tools; to reach the exact sciences and, again, biology, whose processes are inspired by many as a model of complexity, perfection, harmonious organicity; up to the consolidated exchanges with sociology and psychology, to which the explorations of neuroscience in support of the architectural project have recently been added.