Between the Village and the Jungle. Stratifications of borderline (in)hospitality.

by Giuseppina Scavuzzo

Tomorrow, at 14:30 (Lisbon, CET-1)



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).

International PhD Seminar 2022/23 – Architecture Design and Research

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”

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Please, feel invited to participate.

PhD Seminar – Architecture: Design and Research

Os Departamentos de Arquitectura da Universidade Lusófona de Lisboa e do Porto estão a organizar um seminário de conferências – Arquitectura: Concepção e Investigação – para o presente ano lectivo de 2020-21 do Doutoramento em Arquitectura.


The Architecture Departments of Lusófona University of Lisbon and Oporto are organizing a seminar – Architecture: Design and Research – for the current academic year.


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Arquitectura: Concepção e Investigação
Um dos objectivos do seminário consiste em debater dialéticas entre a prática da arquitectura e a investigação em arquitectura, analisando, com base em percursos autorais consolidados, o tipo de relações que se podem estabelecer entre estes dois domínios profissionais. A investigação arquitetónica fundamenta a prática da arquitetura? E, será a prática do projecto uma base de investigação segura? De onde surge a motivação por assuntos a investigar? O património é um factor comum de estímulo? Existem outros factores? Podemos admitir que existem métodos comuns ou métodos adaptados entre a prática da arquitetura e a investigação? De que forma a sociedade e comunidades específicas podem beneficiar com arquitectura fundamentada em resultados obtidos com a investigação independente?
Propomos a apresentação de um conjunto de conferências de autores arquitectos e investigadores com leituras pertinentes e significativas no domínio do conhecimento científico, propostas metodológicas heterogéneas e relações de disseminação abrangentes e distintivas.

Architecture: Design and Research
One of the objectives for this Architecture: Design and Research Seminar is to debate the dialectics between the practice of architecture and research in architecture, analyzing, based on consolidated author paths, the type of relationships that can be established between these two professional domains. Does architectural research support the practice of architecture? And, is the project’s practice a safe research base? Where does the motivation for investigating issues come from? Is heritage a common stimulus factor? Are there other factors? Can we admit that there are common methods or methods adapted between the practice of architecture and research?
We propose the presentation of a set of conferences held by architects and researchers with relevant and significant readings in the field of scientific knowledge, heterogeneous methodological proposals and wide and distinctive dissemination relationships.