European Journal of Creative Practices in Cities and Landscapes 2022-10-24T11:45:52+02:00 Federico Diodato Open Journal Systems The <strong>European Journal of Creative Practices in Cities and Landscapes (CPCL) – ISSN 2612-0496</strong> is a biannual open-access peer-reviewed journal that aims to publish innovative and original papers on cultural heritage in the built environment as a set of creative practices. Aesthetics of the Anthropocene 2022-10-16T19:20:24+02:00 Pierpaolo Ascari Andrea Borsari 2022-10-24T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Pierpaolo Ascari, Andrea Borsari Double Feature: Counter-Practices of World City Monumentality in the Age of the Anthropocene 2022-03-26T21:18:35+01:00 Enrico Chinellato Or Haklai <p>This article examines the representational strategies of the world city in the age of the Anthropocene by concentrating the discussion on the notion of monumentality. By introducing the concept of ‘world city monumentality’, which can be defined as the projected anticipatory representation of the city’s desired global future embodied in the skyscraper, we attempt at illuminating on how monumentality is contested by its counter-practices, as significant artistic forms of experiential engagement in public space. To do so, we trace a critique of a specific world city monument, the Azrieli Center in Tel Aviv, Israel, by presenting our site-specific fictive intervention titled “Double Feature” (2021) as a case study.</p> 2022-10-24T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Enrico Chinellato, Or Haklai The Image of the World in the Anthropocene 2022-06-21T10:36:17+02:00 Paolo Missiroli <p>The aim of this essay is to show the sense and the limits of some of the contemporary critiques of the idea of the world. It will be structured as follows: in a first paragraph, we will show the conceptual structure of these critiques as they take shape in <em>Object Oriented Ontology</em> (OOO), especially in Timothy Morton's work, <em>Hyperobjects</em>. In a second, we will focus on the two main difficulties that such critical work encounters. In a third, finally, we will show the possibilities, aesthetic and political, of a revisited concept of world.</p> 2022-10-24T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Paolo Missiroli Theorizing Eco-Dystopia: Science Fiction, the Anthropocene, and the Limits of Catastrophic Imagery 2022-05-11T14:23:44+02:00 Marco Malvestio <p>This essay considers a peculiar kind of science-fictional writing with environmental concerns that pivots on the imagery of catastrophe and blends the dystopian and the post-apocalyptic traditions. This sub-genre is known as eco-dystopia, which, I argue, merges the catastrophic imagery of the post-apocalyptic tradition with the consequential mode of dystopia. Eco-dystopias rely on the imagery of catastrophe to warn the public about the dangers and the consequences of the Anthropocene. However, such imagery presents strong limitations when used to dramatize and conceptualize the Anthropocene, as it is modeled on catastrophes that have little in common with the current ecological crisis.</p> 2022-10-24T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Marco Malvestio The Anthropocene and the Historical Index of Architecture 2022-06-13T10:47:16+02:00 Joerg Gleiter <p>In the world of science, the term Anthropocene is widely recognized as the term used to describe the current epoch in the Earth’s geological time scale in which human activities are affecting the Earth system on a scale far beyond natural, geological forces. And architecture is at the center of it. For, on the one hand, human development and architecture are closely linked, for, on the other hand, it is becoming increasingly clear today that architecture has been a major project for reshaping the Earth from the very beginning. Along with devices, tools and machines, architecture is the cultural technique with which the “deficient human being”, in order to compensate for his lack of natural abilities, must intervene in nature with the aim of creating an environment that meets his changing and unchanging needs.</p> <p>Today, however, man’s success story seems to turn into a disaster story, the “architecture of good intentions” seems to turn against man, even though he originally had the best of intentions when he followed the biblical mandate to subdue the earth with his devices, tools, machines, and architecture.</p> <p>From an anthropological perspective, therefore, a different definition of the Anthropocene is emerging. The Anthropocene is the age in which the dialectic between man’s well-intentioned intentions and the destructive consequences for the Earth system clearly emerges. What becomes visible is that the relationship between architecture and the environment, or between humans and the Earth system, is inherently fractured and contradictory, and that this contradiction is constitutive of human existence. It follows that the Anthropocene requires a critical questioning of the dialectic of human and system earth inherent in culture.</p> <p><a href="" name="_edn1"></a><a href="" name="_edn3"></a></p> 2022-10-24T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Joerg Gleiter Inhabiting the Anthropocene. Aesthetics of Everyday Life in Times of Crisis 2022-05-19T21:54:40+02:00 Arshia Eghbali <p>Reconciling the seemingly incompatible concepts of the Anthropocene and the everyday, this paper argues and demonstrates that (1) despite the disconcerting effects of its truly planetary scale, the Anthropocene is not absent or invisible in the realm of everyday life; (2) the everyday is not simply a neutral background solely meant for times of stability, but it is in fact a dynamic system that responds to various scales of change and absorbs the new and the unfamiliar into the familiar. Moreover, the paper also shows that the ways in which change is lived and navigated on an everyday scale, in times of the covid-19 pandemic and climate change, are a unique field for aesthetic enquiry. Everyday material objects such as tote bags, water bottles, masks, and habits like working from home and second-hand wearing are discussed as examples of the everyday experience of relating to the Anthropocene and its crises.</p> 2022-10-24T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Arshia Eghbali Houston, We Have a Problem. Sloterdijk and the Anthropocene 2022-05-11T13:58:07+02:00 Mirko Alagna <p>Island, raft, bell, greenhouse, hot-air balloon, cruise ship, spaceship: These are some of the metaphors mobilized by Peter Sloterdijk to describe the spaces within which the human being is born and reproduces itslef, from the Pleistocene to the Anthropocene. The aim of this contribution is to reconstruct these passages and, above all, to analyze how the metaphor of the spaceship succeeds in describing some aspects of our current condition, while risking leaving others in the shade.</p> 2022-10-24T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Mirko Alagna Aesthetics and Dreams in the Absence of Epoch. Bernard Stiegler’s Bifurcation of the Anthropocene 2022-05-23T12:26:34+02:00 Claudia Nigrelli <p>In this article, we analyze the concept of Anthropocene in Bernard Stiegler's work through the cross-reading of the possibility of aesthetic experience and of what Stiegler calls a war against this experience and the function of dreams. The aesthetic experience as the experience of the exosomatisation is addressed in the books concerning <em>The Symbolic Misery</em>; the function of dreams is addressed in the book <em>The Age of Disruption</em>, in which the Anthropocene appears to be “an absence of epoch”. For Stiegler, this concept implies the consideration of a catastrophe that is not only ecological but also psychic and collective, that is, the impossibility of thinking of an alternative present to the one imposed by the capitalist economy. At the center of Stiegler's analysis is the intertwining of aesthetics and technics as what allows individuation and the political-philosophical reflection on technics as what is necessary for human life but that also consists in a risk, the one of losing the possibility of cultivating reason as what allows to live a life worth living, to cultivate the singularity and the unexpected as the ability to bifurcate the paths of the possible.</p> 2022-10-24T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Claudia Nigrelli Almost Black Green. On the Nineteenth-Century Park and the Naturalization of Inequalities 2022-05-19T15:09:46+02:00 Pierpaolo Ascari <p>In the nineteenth century, the projects of what Lewis Mumford called their “positive side” developed together with industrial cities: the large public park. The article aims to show how the inspiration, construction and functioning of these great engineering works also reveal a “dark side”, understood as the use of the landscape and the spectacle of nature as a means of reproducing social inequalities.</p> 2022-10-24T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Pierpaolo Ascari The Terres d’Espérances: Integration of Domestic and Green Worths into a Civic Polity 2022-06-16T13:22:17+02:00 Fabien Jakob <p>This study focuses on the participatory revision of the Greater Quebec City Area land use planning and development schema which develops into a polemical process of political will formation that is analysed with the tools of the sociology of justification. The challenge is to determine whether the engagement of citizens, representatives of agricultural lobbies, environmental activists and spokespersons for cultural heritage associations into the controversy calls across institutional and social arenas for a requalification of cultural and natural goods threatened with destruction in order to ensure their protection and transmission to future generations.</p> 2022-10-24T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Fabien Jakob