CIRICE 2020, 9th International Congress

André Corboz used the term palimpsest to propose an effective metaphor (Le territoire comme palimpseste) between the parchment document and the city and/or territory on which man applies his doing. The parchment, which has handed down the scriptures since the Middle Ages, was a material of great value and was reused, abraded, sometimes inverted and rewritten several times, while never losing its ‘stratification’, traces of which remained legible. The city and its territory are like a parchment, transformed by the action of nature and man, and endowed over the centuries with different meanings in relation to the societies that modify them, without however erasing the signs of time, both natural and anthropic. Are the studies that have improved over the years still current? The answer is clearly affirmative and the layers that appear today superimposable in urban fabrics and in their territories represent for our society a legacy not to be erased, but, indeed, to be known and enhanced.

We would like to ask ourselves about this complex patrimony of traks, images, narrations: how did we get to the current urban complexity? How can we describe our cities? How do we see and represent them? How can we recover and enhance them?

Macrosession A - Excavation, memory and reuse: a multi-directional reading of historical sites
Sessions: Urban archaeology and archaeology in the city; Memories of the antique in historical sites; Tabula inscripta. Reuse and spolia in contemporary architecture

Macrosessione B - Social, economic, cultural and political dynamics underlying the transformations and representations of urban realities between the modern and contemporary ages
Sessions: Urban spaces in early modern Italy: additions, insertions, overlaps; Transformations of cities and territories under tourist pressure in the last phase of the industrial age; Small settlements in the Italian marginal areas. Which histories for which palimpsests?

Macrosession C - Pieces and evidences of the modern and contemporary city, and of its architecture, through the traces found in the urban tissue and documentary sources
Sessions: Naples capital city. The urban palimpsest and the modern city image from the 15th to 19th centuries; Urban fortifications in the modern age: construction, representation and transformation of the limit of the city; Urban overlaps: plans and images for the city in the modernage; “Une ville comme une forêt”: public gardens and cities in the making; Memory, architectural presences and urban identity in the redesign of the devastated city; Permanence and ephemeral: national and international exhibitions in the urban palimpsest; The Palimpsest of the Modern; Art on the façade: pictorial and sculptural decorations in the processes of urban and architectural transformation

Macrosession D - Many different forms of representation ‘of and in’ the city. Between the traditions of descriptive reflection and innovations of immersive realities
Sessions: Representing architecture and the city: yesterday, today, tomorrow; Images and tools: layers, views, shapes of cities

Macrosession E - Preserve the pre-existence and support its reading. The role of Conservation for the city-palimpsest
Sessions: Ancient cities between Integrated Conservation and Urban Regeneration. Sustainable approaches to their protection; The «palimpsest city» at the time of UNESCO: an assessment fifty years after the 1972 Convention; Cities, Memories, restoration. The urban palimpsest between interpretation and intervention on the pre-existing