Contribuciones: Manuel Gausa. Decalogues For A New Informational Era (2/3). Decalogue 2: Urban Cha(Lle)Nges
Decalogues For A New Informational Era (2/3)
Decalogue 2: Urban Cha(Lle)Nges
These new informational changes of paradigms (and their main-vectors of propositional strategies and design: dynamism/evolutivity; complexity/simultaneity; diversity/plurality; transversality/connectivity; interaction/interchange) have direct translations in our lecture and interpretation of our contemporary urban structures and in the conception of the city as a new kind of complex field of human, cultural, economic and spatial, relations and interactions.
1– The city is today a multi-city
2– Is not read as a set of forms (static), but as a system of levels (dynamic);
3– Is not defined as a place but as a hyper-place, a place of places and in places;
4– Is not imposed in the territory, but is moving in (between) the territory;
5– Its territory are its landscapes. The landscape is the other “building” of the city.
6– The challenge of the city is also, not to expand or to grow, but to reinforce itself. More than building it comes to recycle;
7– The identity of the city is not rooted in preserving its “essence”, but in renewing values, make up the deficit, boosting potential and strengthen the assets. Bet on a strategic vision, open to a creative and sensitive innovation and to the inherited assets too (heritage, landscape, atmosphere of life and sensory spaces, etc.).
8– Its identity is not essential or fundamental but conditional. It depends on the ability of the same urban system to preserve and reinvent itself, at the same time; to give a new qualitative and strategic impetus.
9– This strategic orientation can´t find support in old closed formations (absolute planning), but in open formulations (differential process) with a new kind of launched and sustainable dynamics:
10– The new equation City + Development + Society declines today as:
Interaction + Innovation + Integration, or if you prefer as:
(Inter)urban quality (interactive) + Economic development (innovator) + Environmental sensitivity (integral) + Socio-cultural affirmation (integrative)
The sustainability of any system implies, in fact, empathy, synergy and innovation (development, sensitivity and progress).
His future rooted in its ability to innovate and to improve its present.
Engaging a new proactive and propositional research of its own conditions, information(s) and volitions.
Manuel Gausa, is Ph.D. Architect, Professor at Università degli Studi di Genova, Landscape and Design Chair, director of Architecture and Design post degree program and director at GIC-Lab Research Laboratory
Image above by Mathilde Marego & Actar Arquitectura: Multi Layer City, Diagram City