Individual Paper: Rome would not be built nowadays.
Thoughts and examples on possible architectures for a sustainable transition.
If edifices from ancient cities such as Rome, Byzantium, or Venice are still standing, it is largely because the economies in which they were framed could rely on abundant resources, available in very large support areas, sometimes controlled through military and/or economic power. Today, growing on abundant resources and on the conflicts to get them would reasonably seem as anachronistic: this is seen here as an opportunity to imagine alternative, convivial approaches to building technologies, where design is not just the accomplishment of unquestioned needs, but rather the actualisation of new forms of living to be imagined in a transition phase towards a peaceful, socially just, and ecologically sustainable society, of course while being aware of the fact that - at least for a while - we still need to measure ourselves with the existing buildings, and that shifts in our habits can be material but also – and above all – intangible. Traditional and low-tech innovative solutions are reviewed, including recent research, activist, and independent cooperation projects recovering or reinterpreting vernacular building techniques.
Start time: 11:30
Track: Technology in a Degrowth Society