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ArgumentNo. 5/2013

Interventions in landscape - from event to experiment


The urban identity depends on reshaping urban landscape following the restructuring of the city. Agreed with the trends dictated by the society transformed by the new technologies, the new identity must be linked with society, urban history, the local values ​​and character, the specificity or potential elements. Urban image, supported by the phenomenon of appropriation by the society of the living space, becomes it’s "brand", and the spatial continuity becomes an essential quality of the urban landscape, that must be understood, memorized, appropriated.

In the intervention approach is necessary to understand the escape from the physical limitations of the project itself, the perception at different scales of the site, in connection with the territory that belongs to, the "read" of space as a sum of different temporality, as successiveaccumulations, as identitary space belonging to the local community, a result of needs and social interactions. Building urban landscape requires a sequential approach, but not segmented, allowing urban development running parallel with the evolution of society, so the sequences can be so versatile, convertible to the new requirements arising in the ongoing process of change in traditional social structures.

In the the urban interventions developed in recent decades, this has proved the main motivation of investors and the starting point of designers, achieving this by identifying, then marking or intensifying regional or local character (as a reaction to some negative consequences of globalization) - either through a process of restoration and revitalization of heritage, or by marking spaces or areas with no identity. It was intended in all cases to restore urban spatial coherence, building a "mosaic city" characterized by the sequence of places with certain meanings, related to a network perceptible at the urban landscape level.


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