Attilio Belli Daniela De Leo

Per una visibilità incondizionata. Ospitalità, città e moschee

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  • The article proposes to overcome tolerance through some cases of mosques and Islamic culture centres recently designed and built in Italy and Europe. The controversies these cases rise offer the opportunity for a less episodic point of view for urban planning to deal with new populations and demands. If one assumes that hospitality is not a natural or one-sided dimension
  • but something stemming from some need or demand to be fulfilled
  • it's easier to understand how it calls for a deep re-definition of institutions
  • norms
  • negotiation procedures
  • in sum of the whole complex of social and spatial orderings. In the philosophical context of deconstruction
  • 'unconditioned hospitality' is related to 'conditioned hospitality' in the same way as justice is related to right. The future of western cities may be based on the encounter of different spatial orderings
  • such as the urban grid and the traditional form of religious Islamic sites. In such a perspective
  • this encounter can't be regulated in a general way
  • but needs to be worked out according to specific conditions
  • as the cases of Rotterdam and some Italian cities show quite clearly
  • where one of the major problems at hand is the presence and visibility of mosques in the European public space. The authors argue that the need of Islamic culture for a better visibility in urban space in Europe is to be fulfilled
  • if so
  • on the base of an 'unconditioned visibility'
  • as a feasible development of Derrida's concept of unconditioned hospitality in planning terms


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