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WCSA 11th CONFERENCE. Panel Proposal by Sinan Mihelčič and Andrea Pitasi

  A  cross  fertilization  of architecture and political – social  sciences
The  “Thalis  hypercity  ”   linking  Amsterdam- Brussels  -Paris,  Le  Grand  Est   focused  on   Luxembourg  City  shaping  an hypercity involving  four   EU      member states  ,   The Great   Bay  Area  Project  taking  shape  in China,  the    linking  of  Sao  Paulo  and  Rio in Brazil  and even  more  strategic the  Mercocidades  Project  of the  Mercosur are witnessing   an emergent  global  phenomen      which can be     conceptualized  as  HYPERCITY.This  phenomenon can be comceptualized  as follows as in architecture ( since Gustave Eiffel, at  least) as in television programming, in the rating and ranking standards of universities as in finance, we are facing Formats that serve as benchmarks with local adaptations ( compliance) rather predictable and not radical.
Hypercity is a format with 4 properties one of which is, so to speak, split shaping a cycle named LEDDET:
    1 Legislative expansion(LE): merger/ incorporation/ confederation of smaller and “centrifugal” jurisdictions in administrative and civil law terms to cut transactional costs and have more efficient processes , systems and services at lower cost not only economically but also organizationally. Shorter time frames , for example.
2 Cosmopolitan ,complex demographics (D)with high density and variety of identities and lifestyles and consequently a mobile and soft boundary between normal and deviant leaving instead valid criminal law to draw the line between legal and illegal on at least a transnational scale.
  • 2.1 this in the objectivity of the metropolitan context , very often, indeed, transnational
  • 2.2 and in the subjectivity of the consciousness of each cosmopolitan hypercitizen who experiences his or her own inner hypercity related to his or her experience, affections and projects.
3 Socio-economic development (DE)as a strategic force: expansionism and chance seeking- constructing. A poor context , inspired by austerity, scarcity , rationing is not  sustainable, as a matter of fact.
4 Technology(T) : are smart cities with high interconnectivity and digitization. Intangible focused.   All Hypercities are also smart cities but not all smart cities are hypercities. A Hypercity is in this sense a city-airport in which cybersecurity, for example, becomes a securing of processes and flows that proceed quickly and efficiently while a smart city that used cybersecurity as a current  version of medioeval fortifications and boiling pitch would become a place of scarcity and rationing and therefore not a hypercity and even as a smart city would not be much of a smart city.  The mistake in this case would be to consider technology as a minor failure to be incorporated into a context that would remain unchanged (medioeval cybersecurity) whereas at least since H.M. Mcluhan – that is, since the late 1940s – we know that technology is a decisive game changer and cannot be applied ” coeteris paribus”.
General  theoretical     conceptualization and  grounded    research  walk  side  by side  to  reframe this  evolving    policy  model  and format.
This  panel is   mostly  but not exclusively   focused  ,in terms  of topics,
on theoretical   contribution   on   the  hypercity  and  its  variants such    as  global  cities,   world  city  networks.Mercociudades    &  more
On    policy  modeling  for   jurisdictional  redesign
On scaling and leveraging  in   sustainable development  policies
On   space   studies  It its a  multidimensional   meaning  unntil  hypercities  on the  Moon or Mars  ,so  to  speak
On demographical    mapping  and  cosmopolitan  dynamics
On smartness  In general  and   the smartness  of the hypercity in particular
On   visual  social  science research  (  photoessays,  docufilms    , visual poster  &  more)  to    phenomenologically     listen to  ” (global  )  citizen’s   voices  “
On interdisciplinary   behavioral  studies to  observe   behavorial  changes  by  redesigning the ” box(  the urban context  )
Complex  evolutionary      social  systems  and constructivist  paradigms     to  redesign    the    four  dimensions  of the LEDDET.
10  the  convergence  of  architecture and    social political  sciences  studies
This  panel   welcomes   contributions shaped  as  :
  A   abstracts-   full papers
B  slideshow  (  with no   speech)
C    short docufilms  (max  15  minute  length)
D  poster
   Deadline for  submission  (  of the 300  Abstract  specifying  if it  ia  a; B; C  or  D, not  of the full  work  yet)
   June  25th  2023