ISSN 1973-9702


Interpreting the Totalitarian Past

By Tinatin Meparishvili


The article addresses the importance of interpreting the recent history in the countries with the totalitarian heritage. The controversy of pride and shame of those who are responsible or were part of the totalitarian regimes has digressed the process of coming in terms with the past. The topic is rarely tackled on a governmental level in post-soviet countries or southern Europe. Only on a lower scale, NGOs and research groups try to study, uncover and documents facts, and make them accessible for a larger audience, to raise awareness about the recent history. After all, this is the history that still reminds us of itself in contemporary events. Most of the European countries, who have invested both intellectually, and financially to interpret and learn to live with the past, seem to present their testimony of conciseness about the culpability and the responsibility for what had happened and this way, they make sure that the new generation would never repeat the same mistake.


Tinatin Meparishvili (PhD candidate at Roma Tre University) born in Georgia, completed her Bachelor in Architecture at the Academy of Arts in Tbilisi before moving to Germany for a Master of Arts in Heritage Conservation and Site Management at Brandenburg Technical University. Having worked in the field of Tourism, Heritage Conservation and Management, Tinatin is excited to have an opportunity to apply her knowledge and experience to fundamentally explore the challenges that Mass Tourism creates in the historic districts of Rome.

QU3 – Call for photos

The scientific journal QU3 – iQuaderni di UrbanisticaTre is looking for a photographic project to complement its issue edited by Michele Cerruti But, Agim Kërçuku,Cristiana Mattioli, Giulia Setti, Ianira Vassallo.

New imaginaries

Firms as an urban dispositive

1. Subject of the Photographic project:

We are looking for photo contributions that could meaningfully answer the core theme of this issue moving from the following abstract.

We kindly promote both photographic projects and their related abstracts focused on the actual condition of workers, on the description of the productive spaces and systems and also on the social and individual implications of the contemporary production.

Within our investigation it is possible to find clues suggesting different narratives:  the firmswe study help to redefine the concept of well-being and welfare, cope with environmental and social issues of sustainability, open new prospects regarding social representation and participation.

Firms look like a place of experimentation capable of leading a different idea of ​​city and territory: in fact they close their ties with the territories, infrastructures, communities and local economies and they define new work spaces as well. Unexpectedly, firms today still remain both a social and spatial concept, an “urban dispositive”able to describe, prefigure and lead the future transformations of the city.

The images should be representative of the focused topic, exploring the embodied relation between production/territoryand could be seen as an atlas of images either an archive of contemporary memories aiming at studying the ways firms change territory today. Inclusive metaphors describe some specific firms features as  the outline of a possible “new urban imaginary”.

2. How to participate

Everyone can participate sending a photographic project and a description following these indications:

A. Photographic project

1. The pictures must be in a digital version

2. The Photographic project must include between 8 and 20 pictures

3. The pictures must be an original work of the author

4. The pictures’ content must not infringe any intellectual property

5. Pictures’ dimensions: short side 20 cm

6. Resolution: 300 dpi

7. File dimension: max 6 Mb (per picture)

8. Format: .jpg

9. All files must be named with the authors’ name followed by the work’s title and a possible caption
(e. g. ‘JohnSmith.roma.pantheon.jpeg’)

B. Description (.doc; .docx format)

1. Author’s name and surname

2. Title of the Photographic Project

3. Description of the photographic project (max 1500 characters, including spaces)

4. Author’s bio (max. 700 characters, including spaces)

The project and description must be sent to the e-mail address no later than 15th of April  2020. The e-mail subject must be the following: CALL FOR PHOTOS_Surname. Title of the photographic project (e.g.: CALL FOR PHOTOS_Smith. Pantheon).

In case the attachments are too big to be sent via e-mail, it is possible to use WeTransfer ( ) to send both the photographic project and the description.

3. Selection criteria:

The editorial board of QU3 and the editors will select the most suitable photographic project according to the following criteria:

A. Adherence to the topic;

B. Composition;

C. Description of the project.

Authors are requested to bear the graphic setting of QU3 in mind when preparing the pictures.

4. Publication:

The photographic project will be published in its own section of the journal. The editorial board of QU3 will choose which and how many pictures will be published in the issue.

The editorial board of QU3 will also choose one of the pictures of the selected photographic project to be the cover picture of the issue (the picture will have to be resized and cropped in order to adapt it to the journal’s format).

In case none of the materials received satisfied the criteria listed above, the editors and the editorial board of QU3 reserve the right of proceeding using different methods to select the photographic project.

5. Calendar

05.03.20 call publication and start of the contest

15.04.20 contest deadline

20.04.20 publication of results

6. Non-exclusive distribution license

By sending the material the author hereby declares to QU3 – iQuaderni di UrbanisticaTre (issn 2531-7091):

to be its author, with the entitlement to grant the rights included in this license;

that the material, unless otherwise specified, is the author’s original work and that the author is entitled to grant the rights included in this license;

that the material, as far as it has been possible to ascertain, is not infringing any third-party copyright. In case the author does not have the copyright of some parties, they declare to have obtained from the legitimate holder of the copyright a non-restrictive authorization to grant QU3 – iQuaderni di U3 the rights requested by this license and that such third-party material is clearly identified and recognizable within the work.

Likewise the author grants QU3 – iQuaderni di UrbanisticaTre (issn 2531-7091):

the non-exclusive right to distribute the materials through the publication of the journal and through its websites – and to allow the users to reproduce and distribute it with any means and format as long as authorship is acknowledged;

the right of archiving, reproducing and transferring the materials on any medium and format for reasons of security, backup and conservation and in order to maintain its accessibility in time, without modifying its content. If the sent materials are based on a work sponsored or supported by an entity or organization, the author declares to have fulfilled all duties imposed by contracts or agreements stipulated with such entities or organizations.

7. Questions?

For further information, please send an e-mail to

Here you can download the Call for Photos!




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.