This virtual participative master class will be presented by Elena Rocchi, clinical assistant professor in The Design School in collaboration with Instituto Europeo di Design, Barcelona.
The talk will delve deep into Italo Calvino’s book of the same name, offering transversal thoughts on the concept of a contemporary city, regarding topics such as culture, language, equity, inclusion, time, memory, exceptions and contradictions.
What defines a city? Can a city exist in all its dissonances? Can someone be a citizen of many cities? What are the interior and the exterior of a city? As each city resembles many cities, can someone exchange their forms?
This event will include a participative talk about the complex philosophy of modern cities. Participants will write another chapter of Calvino’s novel, and the content will be exhibited as a diffused book in both universities, beginning on World Book Day, April 23, which coincides with the 'La Diada de Sant Jordi' or 'Feast of Saint George' in Spain's Catalonia region.
Participants are invited to read Calvino's book, extract their favorite quotes and add them here before March 10, 2021.