«Cities within the city», the topic of the fourth edition, will be discuss by a young generation of architects together with some of the world-famous personalities of the urban and architectural contemporary debate and a selected group of sociologists, writers, representatives, photographers and journalists. They will share their knowledge and experiences with a multidisciplinary approach aimed at involving citizens in the current topics, for understanding the nature of the contemporary metropolis in all its facets: from opportunity to conflicts.
The topic «Cities within the city» refers to the multiplying – within the cities – of urban places like economic and social closed systems, suspended between a condition of self-sufficiency and one of social and spatial exclusion. Each year, each month, many tiny cities are born inside the consolidated city: favelas, slums, bidonvilles, townships, informal settlements, but also health, technology or cultural districts, entire districts settled after big events. New towns, gated communities, Roma temporary camps… and other inward-looking and self-sufficient architectures (stations, airports, parking lots), commercial and military areas. From Perugia FESTARCH will lead the audience to a journey through the most important realities of the world: São Paulo, Rome, Mumbai, Medellin, Nairobi, Moscow, Beijing, Baghdad, Santiago, Tijuana, Seoul and many more cities.
FestArch is curated by ABITARE magazine.