Urban Imaginaries – book of abstracts

The book of abstracts for ICHT (International Colloquium on Imaginaries: building and inhabiting the earth) 2023 is available here. This edition is dedicated to the theme of Urban Imaginaries. In the booklet, we highlight one of the introductory texts by Fabio La Rocca:

“The discussion about the city, the urban character, is at the heart of the processes of change in both society and thought. The sociological gaze has to move along timelines and immerse itself in urban strata in order to bring out characteristics that are relevant to what is being observed. It is a “situational” gaze, in which the act of seeing must be incorporated into a reflection of knowledge that places sensitive thinking at the center, as a way of perceiving the senses and constructing meaning about the things observed. If our world is a rehearsal of the senses, then the city is the best expression of this concept, because it is made up of senses and we experience it through the forms and figures that affect us. The urban narrative is constructed from emotional forms that form a symbolic unity in which, for example, art, music and collective action highlight the sensitive value of our relationship with the city and its spaces. A city that can no longer be thought of in terms of function and rationality, but rather in terms of the sensitive incorporations that characterize our collective identification, based on the emotive qualities found in the variety of urban environments. A whole that forms a kind of kaleidoscope of sensations, emotions and impressions that we can visualize as a form of identification of the urban experience amplified by the tonal capacities of space.The emotional imaginary is articulated through a diversification of expressive modalities, situations of tonal qualities in which the city expresses itself through the senses and gives meaning to the things experienced. From our point of view, the imaginary represents a resonance with the surrounding space and its affective and emotional character, where affective should be understood in the double sense of a space that affects me and a resentful affection in a spatial situation that engenders the formation of a sensitive space with the characteristic of emotional and affective zones created in the spaces between our cities, or “atmospheric zones”, indicating that our relationship with the city is mediated by the senses and, therefore, by an emotion.”




Artur Simões Rozestraten (Org.)


Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo da Universidade de São Paulo