Observatorio de I+D+i UPM

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Sesitive bodies in the cityscape
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  • Architecture,
  • Architecture of the city
Cities evolve to just possible, always uncertain urban futures. Just like living systems, this evolution tends to achieve complexity, and it becomes itself the best tool to face uncertainty. Uncertainty has always been understood as worth of repression by modern town planning, being one of its main goals, the conquest for security and for well-planned futures. But cities in the 21st century, after significant, even catastrophic events, have to face a high degree of uncertainty just like a desire of a reasonable level of safety, many times a contradiction if not just a paradox. Knowledge of underlying processes is crucial for decision makers (planning and governance) but the complexity of these processes is of such a high level, that conventional tools of survey have to be complemented by innovative and dynamic methods in order to anticipate a wide range of possible futures as well as the path to orientate processes in the desirable direction. Out of our past research, the main operation in urban systems evolution is difference, this is to say, the establishment of traces indicating differences, differences themselves consisting in increasingly more complex systems of rules, as if a game board. Differences operate both in space and time, conforming a cultural landscape, a cityscape. The complexity of our cities can hardly be approached by just increasing our power of calculation, the amount of data. It is not just a question of quantity but of quality, a need for the new alliance in terms of physician Ilya Prigogine.
EURAU 2016 European Symposium on Research in Architecture and Urban Design: In Between Scales
Bucarest, Rumanía
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EURAU 2016 European Symposium on Research in Architecture and Urban Design: In Between Scales
  • Autor: Javier Ruiz Sanchez (UPM)
  • Autor: María José Martínez Sánchez (Birmingham City University)
Research Group, Departaments and Institutes related
  • Creador: Grupo de Investigación: Paisaje Cultural. Intervenciones contemporáneas en la ciudad y el territorio
S2i 2020 Observatorio de investigación @ UPM con la colaboración del Consejo Social UPM
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