“For urbanization form is nothing, the adequate satisfaction of human needs is everything. ”
In the early 1970s, Henri Lefebvre put forward the radical hypothesis of the complete urbanization of society which required, in his view, a radical shift from the analysis of urban form to the investigation of urbanization processes. Building upon Lefebvre's modus operandi we approach the site not as an unbuild, natural environment but rather as an urban landscape.
Our main objective appears as an alternative of the contemporary urban condition that overlooks architecture, and design in general, as an ideology of consensus within a territory of antagonist realities. The synthesis of design should provide a flexible framework, rather than final solutions, to trigger productive negotiations between the political, social, cultural and environmental dimension of the future city where the only expert is the ever-changing society.
We propose the project site as a holistic system where humans and landscape interact within a flexible three-dimensional urban framework, which matches patterns of population concentration with city form. This proposition is relevant in the light of the Urban Lab’s argument, led by Neil Brenner, in which urban today represents a worldwide condition where the main conceptual distinction is made between urban agglomerations and operational landscapes. The conceptual method we propose shows the potential of the grid as active agent in the future development of the landscape rather than a passive and simple quantitative consequence within the spatial structure of the contemporary city. The project area requires a conceptual loop to trigger a qualitative bustle rather than a quantitative passiveness.
Public Power Corporation