Paper and architecture are a combination that has existed for a long time, which in many cultures has created spaces to live and inhabit. The use of paper in architecture raises questions that are still unanswered, it forces us to wonder about the meaning of architecture, about the possibility of structuring the environment around man through paper. Can a building be considered eternal? Or should it be designed to be ephemeral, recyclable? What are the characteristics that this ancient and very modern medium offers to architectural technology? Is paper as a constitutive medium of architectural works, a wonderful utopia or a future within reach?
On the occasion of the XI edition of Lucca Biennale Cartasia in 2022 (LUBICA) a Call for Papers was opened addressed to architects, designers, researchers and students. Dr. Giulia Bertolucci, curator of the Architecture and Design section of LUBICA, and the director of the Biennale Federica Moretti took care of the editorial content of the selected articles thus giving life to “The Future of Architecture and Design on Paper – Studies and projects in the name of innovation and sustainability”. This is the first volume published by the Lucca Biennale Cartasia in the series that aims to tell the movement of Paper Art and Paper Architecture, thanks to the contribution granted by the “General Directorate for Education, Research and Cultural Institutes”.