Andrea D’Ammando, Tommaso Morawski, Stefano Velotti.

13th September
5:00 p.m.
Andrea D’Ammando, Tommaso Morawski, Stefano Velotti (a cura di), Urban Forms of Life. Per una critica delle forme di vita urbana, Quodlibet 2023.

What forms does life take in urban contexts? Where does their supposed, current 'illegibility' come from? What prevents the flourishing of fulfilling, worthy, vital forms of life? What experiments should be attempted to awaken a new (common) sense of urban life? What opportunities and what pitfalls lie ahead with the unstoppable penetration of new digital technologies and artificial intelligence into the fabric of the city? In the face of the disconcerting transformations in the ways of experiencing Italian cities that have occurred before our eyes over the last few decades - from Rome, first and foremost, but also the cities of art or the more anonymous ones, and the smaller towns -, the various contributions by authors from different backgrounds attempt to answer these questions. Some preliminary surveys have revealed the impression of a widespread surrender of thought in the face of the complexity of current urban life, despite the considerable heritage of philosophical literature on cities in the last century. A surrender that, with a few exceptions, translates into suffering the divide and rule that characterises our times, surviving day by day, each for himself, as he can and should. This volume constitutes a thoughtful, multi-voiced attempt to react to this situation, without falling into the clichés of so-called 'urban regeneration', aiming rather at re-imagining our forms of life from within the urban realities in which we find ourselves living.