Architecture and environment of each era are born out of of social conceptions and form- shaping fantasies. A real city is always preceded by the spiritual one, which manifests itself in many forms, such as a shining paradise, a world metropolis or a garden town. As Bruno Taut wrote, “The greatest buildings are always derived from the greatest thoughts”. The Conference will discuss the emergence of architectural images and ideas and their way towards either fantastic realms or everyday practice. Of special interest are the cases of those fantasies that have had a lasting impression on the real architecture.
The examples would be Atlantis by Plato, Mount Meru of Hinduism, Classical themes depicted in Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, architectural utopias by Giovanni Battista Piranesi and John Soane, glass worlds by Paul Scheerbart and Bruno Taut, world exhibitions and model villages, garden cities and cosmic dwellings.
Young academics section: presentations by BA and MA students are moderated and limited to 20 minutes. Certificates of participation will be provided to all speakers. Best papers will be recommended for publication. There is no registrations fee at the conference. The organizers do not cover travel and accommodation expenses. The organizing committee reserves the right to select applications and articles for publication.
The working languages of the conference are Russian and English. Time limit for the presentation is up to 20 minutes.
The format of the conference (in-person, online or mixed) will be determined in March 2021.
A collection of articles will be published, indexed by the RSCI, Russian Science Citation Index.
Application deadline: March 1, 2021
Board decision: March 15, 2021
Apply: email@example.com Prof. Boris Sokolov with the subject “Spiritual City Conference“
Info and application form: application form.