FUTURE CITY VISION In the 21st century, as the majority of people on earth will be living in cities, our life is bound to become increasingly urban; therefore, how cities are organized and the urbanization processes are managed is going to reflect enormously on the lives of individuals and societies and, as a consequence, on the very survival of the planet.
\nThe concurrent presence of world-scale problems such as global warming, the resulting sea level rise, an increasingly polluted atmosphere, the social isolation of older adults and the loneliness of young people, translate into unavoidable questions: how do we want to live in the future? What are our priorities? Where will we invest our energies? Shall we go for a market economy bound to swallow the entire world or will a more environmentally and socially inclined economy prevail? And, as a consequence, how do we want the cities we will live in the future to look like?
\nThe challenge ahead of us entails a deep rethinking of the city as based on new paradigms that put respect for the environment and the quality of life at the center of its design and management practices.<\/p>\n
In our research we look for urban innovation within projects that would be sympathetic, rather than antithetical, to the different contexts in order to create a mutual synergy and a sustainable attractiveness.
\nOur goal is the definition of human-scale urban life based on sustainable paces and rhythms, and a city where pedestrian movement implies a low environmental impact, with an inclusive social pattern and a low-consumption quality of life.<\/p>\n <\/div>\n <\/div>\n<\/div>
QUARTER DEVELOPMENT – CASE STUDIES<\/p>\n
BRAUNSCHWEIG – The project provides for a new form of urbanity, whereby the redesign of physical connections is a main priority. All interpersonal relationships and the social life are considered and prioritised, as well as fostering new synergies and cohesions…<\/p>\n
ESPOO – A large ring of vegetation crossed by bicycle lanes and pathways surrounds the centre of Espoo; it provides a link to both the green areas in the city centre and the vast outer woodland…<\/p>\n <\/div>\n <\/div>\n<\/div>
At the beginning of the third millennium, Venice should own her World Heritage Site status precisely to its being a model of balance between natural and man-made and for the eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyle its morphology as a pedestrian city facilitates and promotes. We believe that Venice, as a planetary metaphor of balance, respect, coexistence and sharing, may show the way, and become, with its very existence and a new synergic creativity, a beacon for the planet’s sustainable development.
\nVenice as a cluster of sustainable way of life may show the world how it can become a better world.
\nThis mindfullness would prove valuable to the city and its residents, as well as to other historical cities and built heritage sites by suggesting the role they too may play in the world in the same perspective.
\nVenice would need to play this role in the world in order not to perish. The world would need Venice, in front of the two contradictory trends in world development, in order to strengthen and consolidate the one that allows man to enduringly and healthily coexist with his habitat.
\nWe propose a series of sympatehtical projects which interpret and transform the existing balances into sustainable quality of life, starting from a radical reconsideration of water and its fluid dynamism.
\nThe proposals include the results of initiatives developed between 2007 and 2015 in the Design Workshops and graduate groups at IUAV University, the papers for meetings and conferences in Venice and abroad, the text \u201cLiving Venice\u201d<\/p>\n <\/div>\n <\/div>\n<\/div>
\u201c\u2026\u2026To signify the world, we must be involved in the choice of what we leave out of the frame. It ‘an act that demands concentration, spiritual discipline, sensitivity, understanding of geometry\u2026..\u201d
Henri Cartier Bresson
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