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Publicado em: 12 Setembro 2022

Open call | Sophia Journal Vol. 8

Sophia Journal is accepting submissions for its third cycle with the theme Landscapes of Care.

Sophia Journal is currently accepting submissions for its third thematic cycle “Landscapes of Care”, addressing contemporary photographic and visual practices that focus on how architecture understood in a wide sense can help to heal a broken planet. The concept of “Landscapes of Care” has increasingly been adopted by diverse areas of study, from health geography to the arts, architecture and heritage preservation. It is used here in order to understand and document modern architecture, building, city and territory as living and inclusive organisms, as well as heritage resources for global sustainability. Modern architecture is a ‘heritage at risk’ as it belongs to a recent past that has not yet been sufficiently recognised by the authorities, scholars and general public. Our aim is to explore the ways in which photography and film can be used as meaningful instruments of research into the socioeconomic, political, historical, technical and ecological dimensions of modern architecture, city and territory.

In this call for papers and visual essays for this 8th issue of Sophia Journal - Landscapes of care: photography, film, modern architecture and landscape heritage – we invite theoretical and field work where architectural photography and filmmaking are descriptive, analytical and interpretive, communicating original perceptions and new understandings of modern architecture and landscapes. Photography and film projects that will allow us to show how modern buildings and landscapes have responded to and reflect the local conditions of their production and importance.  Projects which critique and expand our understanding of what constitutes modern architecture and landscape, in terms of its language, locations, functions, creators, patrons and publics.

Photography and film work that can allow us to see the social dimension of architecture and landscape, to understand architecture as Alvar Aalto did, “as a great synthetic process of combining thousands of definite human functions” together with Donna Haraway’s focus on human and non-human interplay —  new “naturecultures” to contribute to a greater understanding of modern architecture’s and landscape’s potential for a more ecological and sustainable balance and interplay between architecture and nature. 

Important dates:
Abstract deadline: 1 November 2022
Selected authors will be notified by the 1st of February 2023
Manuscript deadline (Conference): 1 May 2023 International
Conference (dtbc): June 2023
Manuscript deadline (Journal): 5 September 2023
Publication date (tbc): by December 2023

Editorial Team:
Hugh Campbell | Mark Durden Teresa Ferreira | João Leal | Rikke Munck Petersen Igea Troiani

Sophia Journal is an academic, peer-reviewed journal, published by the Centre for Studies in Architecture and Urbanism (CEAU) / research group Architecture, Art and Image (AAI) at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto, Portugal. Created in 2016, Sophia Journal publishes theoretical articles and visual essays that investigate and think critically the intersections between the image and architecture. We understand both terms in a wide sense: the image of photography, painting, drawing, cinema, video, T.V., new media; and architecture as landscape, territory, city, spatiality, built environment.

Álvaro Siza’s ‘Piscina das Marés’, by Mark Durden and João Leal. Leça da Palmeira, Portugal, 2021. Courtesy of the artists

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