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URBAN CORPORIS is an international series of Books of Architecture, Art, Philosophy and Urban studies to nourish the Urban Body. 

UC is an interdisciplinary and international book series that questions urban, cultural and social dynamics to investigate and learn about the contemporary city and its inhabitants. Urban Corporis explores the state of tension between the historical, contemporary and future cities and their many facets, identifying their criticalities and understanding their possible transformations. This book series is not exclusively for architects; it is born to find common ground between disciplines such as fine arts, photography, aesthetics and urban sociology.


Series numbers will be subject to double-blind review. 

URBAN CORPORIS is published by Anteferma, Conegliano, Treviso, Italy.


ISSN: 2785-6917.


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Director of the series: Dr Mickeal Milocco Borlini

Deputy Director: Dr Lelio di Loreto

Editor in Chief: Andrea Califano

Series' international scientific committee and editorial board:

Fausto Sanna, PhD, Head of Department (Architecture & Built Environment) at Cardiff School of Art and Design, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales, UK.

Nadia Bertolino, PhD, Senior Lecturer in Architecture, Department of Architecture & Built Environment at Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK.

Christina Conti, PhD, Associate Professor in Architectural Technology, DPIA, University of Udine, Italy.


The Series has a broader scientific committee per issue.



  • The series will have an annual number.

  • The series is published in a static e-book by Anteferma, and will also have a print-on-demand (POD) service on Amazon.

  • UC is part of IUVAS (, a non-profit association. The profits will be spent on the eBook publication.


Nota bene:  We will select approximately 25 contributions per issue (80% paper and 20% artworks with the associated text).


Cost per author after favourable peer review: 25 Euro for a single author, 20 Euro (each) in case of more than one author, and 15 Euro for PhD students.

Payments have to be done via PayPal.


Issue num. 2 - URBAN CORPORIS “to the bones”. 

Call for abstract and artworks


Link to submit abstract:


Guest Curator: Dr Anna Riciputo


In everyday language, cutting something to the bones means reducing it to the essential, that is, the elements indispensable to guarantee the very existence of things and ideas. Within the ontological and phenomenological reflection on the primitive nature of architecture, Le Corbusier proposes the Maison DomIno as a zero-degree architecture capable of becoming the “rule of new architectural orders”. The skeleton, whose function is to give shape and support, is what remains when everything around it is worn out: as guardian of memory, it suggests what it was, and in the continuous wear and tear of the ruins, it shows the continuity of time through absence.

Is the fate of architecture the infinite potential or the inevitable ruin?


In this volume of Urban Corporis "to the Bones", we ask to define and interpret the concept of skeleton of the architecture, of the city and the landscape. It is a complex system of supporting elements to re-investigate and re-design the city and the territory. The aim is to read anew the essential elements of an anatomically exact complex architectural system:

  • the skull that contains the founding characters

  • the backbone that supports the position

  • the long limbs that stretch outwards and upwards

  • the scattered bones that suggest possibilities and re-compositions


Authors are asked to reflect on (but not limited to) the following suggestions:  

1. Bones such as historical or industrial archaeology, isolated remains or deep stratified networks that have woven spines on which the urban fabric has developed or will be able to create.

2. Bones, like the remains of colonialism, the artefacts written on foreign land, and the destinies of men and nations, can direct the dynamics of the contemporary city or have remained as history witnesses in the landscape, becoming Landmarks.

3. Bones like large outcropping stones, mountain ranges, promontories and slopes that have adapted man to nature. Bones of the Earth that support the architecture and infrastructures, in turn, have had to modify shapes by drawing new intricate pathways.

4. Bones like the fortifications, the great walls and the giant aqueducts on which parasitic architectures are grafted, which surround the urban agglomerations whose original geometries are still legible in the lattice of the contemporary city or which, sinking and emerging from the ground, project towards the countryside, large sleeping giants to be used as tools for the re-appropriation of time in integrated projects;

5. Bones as fragments recovered and used within contemporary artefacts to generate the transtemporal architecture promoter of the aesthetics of fracture.

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