The productive restructuring of the last quarter of the 20th century produced in Europe important industrial and infrastructural brownfields. From the point of view of the History of urbanism, this phenomenon is not only characterized by the fact that these are large land lots in urbanized areas and in the hands of few owners (it means by a particular set of actors and of great transcendence on the development of the European finisecular cities), but also because of the problems associated with the use of History and the industrial heritage.
The seminar, which takes part as a program of activities for 2016-2018 established by an agreement between the IUU-UVa and the group of research "Usages de l'Histoire et futurs urbains" (led by the Université Paris-Est, a non-academic partner organisation of urbanHIST), focuses on the analysis of these elements from a comparative European approach, with contributions by researchers from both groups.
Perspectives on History of Urban Planning in 20th Century: Problems and Methods
To understand the complexity of urban planning in the 20th century (its objects, subjects, objectives and tools, its limits and scope, its epistemology, the planning systems and their relation to the modes of production and to the building on the city) from a historical perspective requires not only the knowledge of historiographical methods and currents but also the participation of diverse philosophical and disciplinary approaches.
According to the program of research seminars “Los Viernes del IUU” and the UVa Doctoral Program in Architecture, the aims of the lecture series will be to disseminate recent contributions in the area of the historical construction of the city and urban planning during the 20th century, both in Europe and in other geographical areas in which European influence is relevant, and to boost the scientific debate among scholars from different disciplines that account for the diversity of issues involved in this field of research. Thus, for example, contributions and debates are planned around the historiography of 20th century Urbanism, the historical approach to the Anthropology of urban public spaces or the History and international circulation of tools and models of urban planning for historical urban centers.