2020 has shown us that we live in a fragile and isolated society. 

Now is the time to re-establish relationships towards a more convivial ground(s): wpropose to participate in this movement through architecture, urban and territorial planning, and design.  

Ground(s) is a rich and polysemic notion that encloses both the tangible and intangible 

Ground(s) is an essential and non-renewable component of our natural capital that does not only contribute to our basic human needs but is also a key component of our sense of belonging and heritage. The ground(s) constitutes the place where communities grow and leave their imprint. In this respect, they can also function as a medium to shape, establish and strengthen relationships 

We would like to invite you to a conversation around ground(s) building on three measures: 

Mapping the ground(s) means the act of description: how can we produce knowledge that reveals the relationship between humankind and the environment? 
Designing the ground(s) involves an active response to contemporary challenges: how can we imagine new rules and forms in the long-run? 
Caring for the ground(s) encircles the act of prevention: a process of daily maintenance to generate a co-evolving relationship. Is it possible to strengthen (inter)dependency between the human and non-human world? 

We suggest increased cooperation to go beyond borders. Let us re-establish relationships between places across disciplines and sectorsLet us join together in a co-creation process, working from the ground up to reach a convivial society. 


The conference is organised by the PhD program in Architecture and Design Cultures - Department of Architecture - University of Bologna



The Scientific Committee is composed by the members of the Academic Board of the Architecture and Design Cultures Phd Program, of the Department of Architecture of Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna.  

Information: https://phd.unibo.it/architettura/en/people  


XXXV Phd Cycle in Architecture and Design Cultures: Hanna Elisabet Åberg, Irene Cazzaro, Carlo Costantino, Federico Diodato, Javier Pérez Puchalt, Laura Rivaroli, Ludovica Rosato, Giulia Turci, and Yunyu Ouyang.


Conference Program pdf