MAKING CITY_The Exhibition 2

Following the review of the exhibition “Making city”, it’s time for visiting the selected projects by the organization to explain other three approaches to the term making city.

This time they deal with social status (newcomers to the city’s population) and environmental issues (the case of cities in relationship with the water and agriculture as part of urban life):

APPROACH #4: The city is a social ladder

It addresses the flow of new people into a city. Is based on the premise “newcomers create more work and produce more wealth” and showcases projects that seek to exploit the situation to create new spaces of relationship in the city:

  • BrusselsCanal (Brussels, Belgium, Cabinet of the Ministre Président), a masterplan to develop a proactive strategy to create jobs and housing to accommodate a substantial increase in population, based on strengthening the local product to counteract the disappearance of industries in the area.
  • Zuidas development zone (Rotterdam, The Netherlands), a project to revitalize the south area of the city of Rotterdam with development of new houses and a sport facilities.
  • Test site Sao Paulo (Sao Paulo, Brazil), one of the projects developed directly by the IABR, working in different locations of Cabuçu de Cima ditrict to strengthen the social and economic structure. 

This fourth approach concludes with the statement:

MAKING CITY IS: Offering newcomers opportunities for upward mobility. 

APPROACH #5: Living with the water (Instead of living next to the water)

It addresses the relationship of the city with water from the premise that “water is Both Necessity and threat” and discusses the potential of the water as an active part of the urban life of the city:

  • New York City Waterfront (New York, USA, Department of City Planning), a project that is successfully trying to relate back the water with the city of New York, through parks, piers port reuse as public spaces, commercial areas…
  • Cantinho do Céu (Sao Paulo, Brasil, SEHAB), which proposes the creation of a linear park and a series of structures in the water as a leisure area creating a direct relationship.
  • Rhine-Meuse delta (The Netherlands), in this case is a larger study on the characteristics and evolution in the space at the mouth of the Rhine and Meuse rivers in the central Netherlands.
  • Veneto 2100 (Veneto Region, Italy, Latitude), also a research project at a regional level on how to identify environmental threats and use that data to work on improving the region.

In this case, the conclusion reached is:

MAKING CITY IS: Putting the water to smart use in designing the city.

APPROACH #6: Cities become productive landscapes

From the statement “agriculture is an urban function” it shows projects that include agriculture as an urban activity, which in my point of view is a very important reflection on the city, its functions and its efficiency:

  • 900 km NileCity (Egypt, Baukuh Architects), a research project on the Nile Delta, an area that is undergoing a rapid and uncontrolled urbanization. This study proposes new strategies to follow.
  • Test site Istanbul (Istambul, Turquía), another project developed by a team from the IABR and the municipality of Arnavutköy, proposing a development that respects the agricultural production site. The Mayor also participated in an act of the Biennale at the NAi, the conference “Architecture in growth-crazy cities“.
  • Foodprint Erasmusveld (The Hague, The Netherlands), the program “Foodprint, food for the city” relates entrepreneurs, farmers, food experts and the general public in order to study the influence of food in culture and the formalization of the city.

This time the conclusion is:

MAKING CITY IS: Developing the city and the productive landscape as one single cohesive system.

Three other key points that show a number of interesting projects on the main theme of the exhibition and the Biennale, and which set out how broad and complex this term, “Making City” can be.

To be followed by MAKING CITY_The Exhibition #3…………………………………………………………………………………………

2 responses to “MAKING CITY_The Exhibition 2

  1. Eunice August 1, 2012 at 4:24 am

    thanks for that information, it is really helpful. interesting article!!

  2. Adira August 1, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    it was nice to read your blog. the thoughts are very well laid out. thanks.

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