City Space Architecture is partner of A-PLACE co-funded by the Creative Europe program

April 16, 2020
By City Space Architecture

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We are very proud to announce that City Space Architecture has been awarded with a grant from the Creative Europe program of the European Commission for the project A-PLACE. Linking places through networked artistic practices.

The purpose of A-Place is to design and implement art-centred place making activities that cut across disciplinary, cultural and geographic boundaries. Over the next four years (2019-2023), a series of actions (i.e. performances, installations, debates, and video and photography productions) will be carried out in six European cities: Barcelona, Bologna, Brussels, Lisbon, Ljubljana, and Nicosia. This site-specific research will examine the role of artistic practices as a catalyst for connecting and strengthening communities.

A-Place partnership includes nine organisations from six European countries, three schools of architecture – School of Architecture La Salle, Barcelona (Spain); Faculty of Architecture, University of Ljubljana (Slovenia); KU Leuven, Faculty of Architecture (Belgium); one Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal), three multidisciplinary groups focusing on arts and community engaged urban interventions – Alive Architecture (Belgium), prostoRo┼ż (Slovenia), and Urban Gorillas (Cyprus); and two cultural agencies specialised in film and video art – Screen Projects (Spain), and City Space Architecture (Italy).

A-PLACE is dedicated to strengthening the bonds between people and places. 


The website of A-PLACE is: http://www.a-place.eu/


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City Space Architecture will promote, as part of A-PLACE, the International Film Festival Urban Visions. Beyond the Ideal City, in continuity with what we developed in 2015-16-17 at the Italian level in cooperation with the Cineteca di Bologna (read more here). The Festival will include a competition for short films, with sections dedicated to specific themes, and several traveling cinema events, enhanced with exhibitions, public talks and art-based performances. In addition, there will be special sessions with the screening of award-winning films dealing with the complexity of the urban condition. 

The aim of the Urban Visions Film Festival is to develop a field of research activities to facilitate a dialogue between urban theory, social complexity and film studies, and to raise awareness of some contemporary urban issues, emphasizing the relationship between individuals and the urban spaces they inhabit. In this context, films become a powerful tool to open new perspectives, to explore new theoretical paradigms and research methods, and to establish an effective understanding around urban humanities, especially in the urban settings in which the festival will take place.

The programme of the Urban Visions Film Festival will incorporate placemaking activities in line with the objectives of A-PLACE. The Festival will have three editions:

- in Bologna (2020), with screenings and public debates in indoor and outdoor public spaces, in the Porto Saragozza neighbourhood, in the southern area near the well-known Arco del Meloncello;
- in Rome (2021) with screenings in outdoor public spaces in the Tor Pignattara neighbourhood, in cooperation with associate partner Ecomuseo Casilino;
- in Bari (2022) with screenings in abandoned or underused old cinemas, in cooperation with associate partner SMALL. Soft Metropolitan Architecture and Landscape Lab.
The three festival editions will include an award ceremony with invited shortlisted films, with a catalogue including all the films participating in the competition, and a public debate with artists, art collectives and film-makers. 

Urban Visions will be one of the three festivals of the A-PLACE project, the other two are:

- Loop Festival, developed by Screen Project in Barcelona, Spain

- Pame Kaimakli Festival, developed by Urban Gorillas in Nicosia, Cyprus.

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The first edition of the international Film Festival Urban Vision. Beyond the Ideal City in Bologna will analyse the living conditions of migrants, refugees and displaced communities, in Italy and elsewhere. The Bologna festival, that will take place in November 2020, will offer an opportunity to activate, through placemaking activities such as workshops, talks and small events – to take place before, as preparatory phase, and during the festival – specific places in the Porto-Saragozza neighbourhood, in the southern area near the well-known Arco del Meloncello. 

The Bologna Festival will host the screening of the documentary film TORN by Alessandro Gassmann and a round table discussion with representatives from the UN Refugees Agency in Rome.

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Follow the International Film Festival Urban Visions on our Facebook page.

If you want to know more, please write us at: a-place@cityspacearchitecture.org

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