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Symposium Hybrid Architectures: Case Studies on African Continent

Hybrid Architectures

Planned date: 18th -23th July 2016

CICANT is a partner institution through the researcher Marta Jecu.

This symposium intends to mix various media and expositive methodologies from video screenings introduced by the film makers themselves, argumentative discourse based on personal source material and academic lecture.

The intention of this conference is to focus on phenomena of architectural or urbanistic hybrid situations as a consequence of imposed absorption of cultural paradigma and interactions that took a different parcourse than initially planned.

A hybrid is exposing by its very nature the interaction of its incongruous sources. It is the outcome of a missed assimilation, an unsuccessful cross-breeding that nevertheless powered a new entity, which carries a strong political relevance and fuels a new configuration.

This symposium focused on colonial and post-colonial architectural phenomena will touch on the sacrificial and sometimes monstrous outcomes of these processes in regard to architecture, which nevertheless release also an innovatory potential.

This symposium will follow paradigmatic cases in regard to living practices, in which present mutated and dysfunctional structures (buildings, environments, living situations and imaginary environments) are revealed to be late consequence of lingering Eurocentric spatialisation and its often abusive measures.

We invite contributions that built up ‘case studies’ on specific buildings that situate themselves on the cross point of different historic narratives, hybrids that nevertheless catalyse a regenerative power that shifts thinking patterns and converts to new historical paradigms.

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