ISSN 1973-9702




by Rafael Sousa Santos


It is proposed to develop a critical reading of some of the main writings of the Austrian architect Adolf Loos (1870-1933), seeking to recognise the foundations of his thinking, above all, about man as an architect and his practice. This paper is organised according to three main themes: 1. the identification of Loos with classical culture according to the concepts of beauty, truth and justice; 2. his considerations on the relationship between ornamentation, culture and society; and 3. his proposal for the reframing of architecture and the architect’s activity between the arts and crafts through the moral question.



Rafael Sousa Santos (Portugal, 1991) graduated in Architecture by the University of Beira Interior (DECA-UBI), Portugal (2013). Has his master’s in Architecture by University of Porto (FAUP), Portugal (2016), where he participates as intern in the Center for Studies of the Faculty of Architecture (CEFA). Currently he is a Ph.D. candidate in Architecture at FAUP (with supervisors from FAUP, Aalto University and Aahrus University). He has also collaborated in the curricular units of Urban Economy and Urbanistics 2 of Integrated Master’s in Architecture (MIARQ) at FAUP (since 2017).

QU3#21 – Call for papers

UrbanisticaTre launches a call for papers for a new QU3 edited by Adriana Goñi Mazzitelli & Mauro Gil-Fournier:

Extitutional Urbanism in Latin America

“Good politics are ones that multiply possibilities “
(Viveiros de Castro)

“This issue of QU3 aims to explore new research, projects, and collective actions in Latin America that are both observing and remaking the city from the vantage point of the various contemporary networks currently at play there and the processes and battles that have composed them. Those who would invoke and observationally assess these new phenomena, as well as those who perform the new practices of what we will here qualify as a ‘complex and open urbanism’; are able to do so as the result of a permanent interaction of a multiplicity of agents and agencies, as well as innovative processes in the redistribution of urban decision-making. In this time of great political upheaval and institutional crisis on the continent of Latin America, our objective here will be to highlight, valorize, and to safeguard the assorted knowledges and practices, collectivities, and urban projects that we contend can trace out for all of us some new and exciting paths for remaking our cities.

We wonder if URBANISM and PLANNING can themselves become far less institutionalized: or if self-organizing or autonomous movements can find ways to bridge together what so far have all too often remained disconnected and isolated experiences. We can imagine a new urbanism whose centres of creative control emerge not from on high but from open and continuous collaboration. This urbanism would reinforce the often innovative struggles of its citizenry, while remaining deeply attuned to eco-social and feminist sensibilities. It would respond to human (as well as ‘non-human’) rights issues; and it would draw upon a kaleidoscope of different cultural influences amongst its other constitutive formations. An urbanism then which would have been brought into being, or even having been won, by the various agendas of the many social movements and activists might also provoke theoretical reflection on what might be termed ‘an extitutional urbanism'”.

Please read the full call at this link and send an extended abstract by  March 30th.

Lea la call en español en este enlace y mande un abstract dentro la fecha del 30 Marzo.


Trasformazioni (peri)urbane nell’area metropolitana di Roma. Riflessioni attorno ai confini urbani

di Lorenzo De Vidovich


Il contributo riassume i contenuti del seminario “Effetto città. Riflessioni dall’area metropolitana di Roma”, organizzato da Lorenzo De Vidovich con Nicola Vazzoler, che ha presentato e discusso il “Monitoraggio delle forme periferiche dell’area metropolitana di Roma”, ricerca del DGAAP del MiBAC, sviluppata dal gruppo di ricerca GU|Generazione Urbana e finalizzata alla raccolta sistematica di informazioni sulle periferie, con l’obiettivo di fornire materiali di ricerca per possibili progettazioni e percorsi di rigenerazione. L’articolo riassume i principali contenuti della ricerca, corredati da una nota a margine di Lorenzo De Vidovich su due specifici comuni del periurbano romano. In seguito, impreziosito dagli interventi dei quattro ospiti, il contributo individua tre temi centrali per la governabilità delle aree metropolitane, discussi a partire da uno sguardo sull’area romana: governabilità, intensitàe infrastrutture.

This brief article resumes the main contents of the seminar “Effetto città. Riflessioni dall’area metropolitana di Roma”, organized by Lorenzo De Vidovich and Nicola Vazzoler, who presented and discussed the ministerial research “Monitoraggio delle forme periferiche dell’area metropolitana di Roma”, carried out by GU|Generazione Urbana, and aimed at collecting useful information regarding peripheries for further explorations, projects or regeneration programmes. The report is therefore a potential resource for local administrations in coping with territorial fragilities and social exclusion. The article summarizes the contents of this research, supplemented by a brief focus on two specific peri-urban municipalities, presented by Lorenzo De Vidovich. Subsequently, the contribution identifies three main issues for the governance of metropolitan areas, moving from the discussion on the Rome area enriched by four guest speakers: governability, intensityand infrastructure.


Lorenzo De Vidovich, sociologo, è dottorando presso il Dipartimento di Architettura e Studi Urbani del Politecnico di Milano e membro del laboratorio di sociologia dell’azione pubblica “Sui Generis”. Si occupa di governance del welfare locale, rigenerazione urbana e diseguaglianze sociali.