The heart of ARCHIVAL-CITY’s approach consists of questioning the concept of urban archives on an international scale. Six fields have been chosen, and for each, one major issue will be examined:
archives displaced due to a colonial context
archiving and indexing over the very long term
how to archive the ephemeral architecture of a city
the issue of shifting cities and archives to a metropolitan scale
the very high diversity of languages and communities archived
urban disasters and resilient archives
The goal is not to add up the fields, but to use them as starting points for thinking about how cities produce, sort, preserve and use their archives to address classic development issues (extension, urban renewal, managing resources and populations, infrastructures, major facilities, etc.).