Last week, on Friday the 22nd of March, Francesca Berni and Irene Bianchi from the Politecnico di Milano, presented PALIMPSEST project at the 18th AESOP Young Academics Conference.

The Conference’s theme was “Bridging Gaps: Urban Planning for Coexistence” while their presentation was entitled “Reconnecting with Landscapes in Trouble: Towards Co-existence?“. Their presentation explored the vital intersection of landscape transformation and co-agency dynamics within the context of global crises. Looking into the question of how landscapes serve as spaces – both physical and symbolic – for traversing and surviving contemporary challenges, the discussion was enriched by insights from the PALIMPSEST project.

The Conference took place from 19 to 22 March 2024 in Milan and was hosted by young academics from the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies (DAStU) of Politecnico di Milano.

The conference was a four-day event consisting of keynote speeches, workshops and roundtables around the conference theme. Participants presented their research in parallel sessions, where they benefited from the insight of renowned track chairs and had the chance to receive feedback on their work.

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*Ink sketches by F. Berni