The city as a construction site

Feduchi, Luis (2010). The city as a construction site, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design Faculty Position, Candidate Lecture, PennDesign, The University of Pennsylvania.

Author Feduchi, Luis
Title The city as a construction site
School, Department or Centre PennDesign
Institution The University of Pennsylvania
Seminar Series Landscape Architecture and Urban Design Faculty Position, Candidate Lecture
Publication date 2010-03-15
Location Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.
Language eng
Subject Original Creative Work - Textual work
Abstract/Summary The title Cities Made, Unmade, Remade stems from an attempt to classify cities irrespective of their geography or history but in relation to their own life cycle. Beyond the common vision of cities as living organisms this taxonomy instead prefers to think of the city as an object in perpetual construction while it is alive, and as an artefact which unlike most living organisms can be brought back to life after destruction. Nobody has quantified yet how much destruction is needed for a city to die. Consequently, irrespective of place and time, cities are founded; cities boom, cities collapse and almost all cities can be revamped. In this light, The City as a Construction Site proposes a way to look on cities. Even if all this processes can happen at once, we can classify cities as: New cities, or cities in the making; Developing cities, or cities transforming, unmaking themselves; and finally as Historic Cities, cities that have to adapt to a new time, that need to remake themselves. In this particular time, it was my aim to identify territories where each of these processes can apply best, as test grounds to understand what may have happened earlier and may happen ahead. Due to personal but also to a certain extent objective reasons I found at hand to select as areas of study three territories that I know well: the American City, urban India and the city of Berlin. What follows is a methodology for researching and designing the city. A comparative method that doesn't want to stop looking back and ahead, but certainly a method that aims to be applied around and about.

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Created: Wed, 25 Jan 2012, 11:13:15 EST by Luis Feduchi on behalf of School of Architecture