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28/05 2012

Festarch 2012, the International Architecture Festival

7-10 June, PERUGIA

Abitare, the magazine organizer of FESTARCH, the International Architecture Festival, is pleased to announce that the fourth edition of the event will be held in Perugia from 7th to 10th June, confirming Umbria as an ideal place for hosting the task force of culture and thought that will inspire the event.

«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. The last edition of FESTARCH has seen over 60.000 people in Assisi and Perugia, 165 meetings, 6 workshops and about 250 guests. Among them Kazuyo Sejima, Peter Eisenman, Dominique Perrault, Bjarke Ingels, Rem Koolhaas, Odile Decq, Michael Maltzan, Aaron Betsky, Kurt Forster, Ross Lovegrove, Enzo Mari, Cino Zucchi, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Elisabetta Terragni, Jerszy Seimour, Derrick De Kerckhove, Cynthia Davidson, François Roche, Alessandro Mendini, Benedetta Tagliabue.

The success obtained and the increasing attention of the audience for the International Architecture
Festival in Perugia are the bases for a 2012 edition richer than the previous one.
The heterogeneous contribution of famous designers and a young generation of emerging architects will create a vivid creative platform where the too long ignored reality of the “Cities within the city” will be a topic shared by all participants and not anymore a talking point for insiders only. The Festarch guests will be, among others:
Li Hu, GaeAulenti, Boris Bernaskoni, Winy Maas, Giancarlo Mazzanti, Peter Eisenman, Andrea Branzi,
Work ac, Pippo Ciorra, Alejandro Aravena, Teddy Cruz, Cino Zucchi, Leopoldo Freyrie, Iwan Baan,
Matias Echanove, 2A+P/A, Enrico Arosio, Minsuk Cho, Rem Koolhaas, Mirko Zardini, Richard Burdett,
Cynthia Davidson, Pier Vittorio Aureli, Michael Maltzan, Saskia Sassen, Dario Fo and many more.
During the four days of FESTARCH, Perugia will also host a rich programme including open courses,
workshops and exhibitions.

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