Monthly Archives: May 2012

The TypEvolution

Is it possible to think about living in a home when you are young, another during your adulthood, and another when you grow old? I’m not talking about owning them, not even renting just one specific space; I am talking about a wider and more open housing system that enriches both the individuals and the city.

Our society is more diverse than ever, mobility is a concept increasingly present in our lives; it changes, evolves and creates very different profiles of citizens. Is Architecture, Urbanism or Real Estate Market responding to this situation?

Is it sustainable to buy a home when you are thirty years old, pay for it thirty more, and never move from it?

What does it mean for a person to grow older seeing how your needs are changing but the architectural space around stays still?

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International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam 2012 Review

From April to August 2012 is taking place in Rotterdam the 5th International Architecture Biennale (IABR) under the motto “Making City “.

Trying to give answers to the question “How do we make city? ” the Biennale proposes a series of exhibitions, lectures, debates and events during these months. IABR is organized based on their own research program, through their own projects and collaborations with the Dutch government and a selection of best practices worldwide, exploring different ways to act in the city.

The projects exhibited take place in cities like New York, Paris, São Paulo, Delhi, Rotterdam, The Hague, Groningen and Almere, showing that standard solutions are not enough anymore, the development of cities in the future will involve much more interaction between disciplines (and of them with their users).

Since I currently live in Rotterdam I will dedicate a category in this blog to explain and analyze the various proposals for the future of Urbanism into the 5th IABR.

The Shared Space

Lately, citizens’ movements demanding a change in the system have been happening in different places and different times. The Arab spring, the Indignados movement in Spain, protests in Greece, Occupy Wall Street, they all share characteristics that put them in direct relationship to the public space of the city. They have led to the reunion between citizens and the space that most defines the city in a purely urban fact.

Tahir Square in Egypt, Sol in Spain, Syntagma in Greece, have become the formal container of the citizens’ claim of an area that belongs to them, in which they become capable of expressing a common strength that would not be the same intense without this space.

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Why the lack of faith in the discipline of Urbanism?

A few days ago, Oriol Bohigas, architect and urban planner, spoke in an interview for the newspaper El País about the lack of political commitment of the the current generation of architects. I would add the term “social” to the word commitment and “urbanists” together with architects.

Nowadays politics are outrageously dominated by economy and markets, I strongly believe there is an urgent need of a type of professional able to make decisions about the city, decisions that will come undoubtedly linked to the field of politics. I am not talking about technocracy applied to politics, but the other way around, introduce politics as part of the urban practice.

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