Multidisciplinary studies dealing with migration phenomena have highlighted the particular historical stratification of flows of people passing through the border areas of the Friuli Venezia Giulia region, in Italy. It is a succession of movements of subjects – defined one after the other: deportees, exiles, refugees, migrants – which also includes the current migration flow from the Balkan route. Because of this phenomenon, the term ‘profuganze’ was coined from the words ‘refugee’, in Italian ‘profughi’, and ‘transhumance’ – the periodic and seasonal movement of herds – to represent the constantly recurring waves of people in transit. The talk examines how the phenomenon of the ‘profuganze’ has been spatialised and stratified over time. All places for temporary collective housing show what makes architecture inhospitable, what makes housing a label of marginalisation, how identity features can make architecture homely and how, on the contrary, they can mark exclusion. Institutional places of refugee reception and control, oscillating between humanitarian reason and security logic, contrast with unauthorised settlements where housing becomes a practise of resistance to institutionalised life and displacement.
Giuseppina Scavuzzo is associate professor of Architectural design at University of Trieste where she is Director of the MSc in Architecture. Her books include Senshome. Architecture and atypical sensitivities (Letteraventidue 2023), A Human Restoration. Architectural lessons from a border asylum (Letteraventidue 2021), Il Parco della guarigione infinita. Un dialogo tra architetura e psichiatria (Letteraventidue 2020).
The PhD in Architecture from Lusófona University, Manchester School of Architecture and University of Ljubljana invites you to the Doctoral Class included in the International Seminar Architecture: Design and Research. The Seminar gather a series of online SEMINARS for researchers and postgraduate students organised by Prof Maria Rita Pais, Prof Ana Neiva, Prof Carlos Guimarães, Prof Dana Arnold, Prof. Tadeja Zupančič and Prof. Spela Hudnik. The seminars are a new research collaboration between the Manchester School of Architecture, the Universidade Lusófona and the University of Ljubljana.
This week: 27 January 2022 at 14:30 (Lisbon time) Andrew Ballantyne – “Bassae and the Fled Gods”
The current context in which we live is one in which notions of emergency and crises, whether related to climate change, global pandemic, or the major questioning of values at a planetary scale, encourages us to pay more attention to ecological systems. Thinking in ecological terms can facilitate a re-alignement of our thoughts and actions at a scale where these phenomena are observed : the planet as a whole, oceans, air, land… The scale at which our daily lives unfold is being less and less explored, or else reduced to quantitative measures used to feed political and economic logic, reasoning, or agenda.
Would it be worth considering that the human scale also matters when ‘thinking ecologically’? Our hope is that doing so would invite us to take account of qualitative considerations, not only quantitative ones, and to seek wholistic comprehension rather than to be driven by anxiety. Therefore, the challenge of this meeting is the re-scaling of our thoughts at the human scale in order to ‘think ecologically’ for architecture, urbanism and landscapes.