• diségno n. 5. The Representation of Landscape, Environment and Territory


    CALL FOR PAPER  diségno n. 5. The Representation of Landscape, Environment and Territory

    The representation of territory is perhaps the first type of graphic figuration, not artistic, which human being has proved through the whole history of humanity.

    The definition of appropriate criteria and methods has produced not only the development of rigorous specific models (such as the topographic projection) but also promoted the introduction of more general models (just remember that the method of orthogonal projections was defined by Monge precisely in dealing with defilade’s problems in a territorial context) and of effective systems and procedures (such as GIS) based on approaches valid also in other contexts.

    Due to the extreme complexity of the territorial reality, of which the physical space is only a component and in which the intangible and immaterial characteristics are determinant, the representation of environment and territory imposes very high levels of abstraction, codification and normalization, starting from a systematic analysis of main intangible characteristics and of problems connected to the reduction of complexity of related data to an operative form, functional to their graphic representation.

    Its practice is therefore indispensable by an interdisciplinary effort and involves – beyond the mere elaboration of basic and thematic maps – an inedited mix among different methods of representation, whose use is integrated, having no equal in the field of graphic models.

    This is true even if we consider only the representation of urban reality, in which the spatial configuration, determined by architectural artefacts, plays a decisive role in defining the image of the city and its interpretation.

    The city, in fact, perhaps the most important invention of man, is a complex and elevated organization, product of a superior civilization; the place in which complexity, ambivalence and contradiction are manifested and expressed at the highest level in all fields: social, cultural, historical, economic, architectural, technological, etc. Hence his study, which is particularly complex, can not be reduced to objects, volumes and spatial configuration or to that of urban functions.

    Specialists of the most varied disciplines are working on – even with inter, multi or trans-disciplinary studies –, looking for appropriate tools and reading keys, aware that no one is exhaustive. All of them, however, need adequate visual images, whose definition still today directs and substantiates researches of absolute avant-garde, with significant repercussions in the most varied fields.

    To propose an unpublished article for this number of the journal, please take note of the following deadlines:

    September 15, 2018: To send a summary, in Italian or another author’s native language (if Italian, French, English, Portuguese, Spanish, German), and English, of up to 3,000 characters (including spaces) for each version, with keywords (max 5), an image, and main bibliographic references (max 3).

    October 31, 2018: notification of acceptance of the summary, after the blind evaluation of two referees who will consider the thematic relevance, the typology and quality of the proposal, after a preliminary selection by the Editorial Committee.

    January 31, 2019: to send the full article in the author’s native language (English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, German), of 20,000-30,000 characters (including spaces, including up to 5 keywords, abstract, excluding bibliography), 10-12 images (one every 2,000 characters). Only the essays that comply with the rules published on the site will be considered and twice blind reviewed.

    March 15, 2019: notification of acceptance of the essay/request for integrations.

    May 12, 2019: last date to send any possible additions, and the English translation.

    All the information about this call are available on the website https://disegno.unioneitalianadisegno.it

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