Every city possesses a unique and valuable identity that is expressed through its physical and visual form. This identity is perceived by its residents and users, shaping their collective memories. The city's identity comprises its physical spaces and the images formed through memory cues, which in turn affect tourism, education, culture, and economic prosperity. Arts and architecture play a significant role in shaping the history of civilizations and fostering the growth of ancient and modern cities. This extends beyond buildings and constructions to encompass traditions, cultural beliefs, and communal arts.
By honoring our traditions and civilizations, which have left behind architectural wonders, we pave the way for future generations to develop and preserve their own identity. Through the discipline of architecture which is as ancient as humanity itself, safety and security, evolved from being a basic need against external threats to sophisticated art forms that express cultural identity and present architectural beauty to the world.
IEREK is delighted to announce that this year's conference will take place in the captivating city of Pisa. Situated in the heart of Italy, Pisa provides a remarkable backdrop for our exploration of cities' identities and the transformative power of architecture and arts.
Pisa, renowned worldwide for its iconic Leaning Tower, offers a unique example of urban identity that perfectly aligns with the aims of our conference. The city's rich history, architectural splendor, and vibrant artistic heritage make it an ideal setting for engaging discussions and immersive experiences related to the theme of identity through architecture and arts.
During the conference, participants will have the opportunity to witness firsthand the distinctiveness of Pisa's urban identity. From the captivating Piazza dei Miracoli, with its architectural marvels, to the charming streets and squares that reflect the city's cultural heritage, Pisa offers a living testament to the profound interplay between architecture, arts, and the identity of a city.
Exploring Pisa's urban fabric will provide valuable insights and inspiration for participants as they explore into the conference's diverse program of events. Through keynote speeches, panel discussions, workshops, exhibitions, and the multifaceted dimensions of cities' identities, drawing upon Pisa's unique example as a catalyst for meaningful dialogue and exploration.
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