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Listening To The Landscape Of Our Cities


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R. Balanzó


The tyranny of architecture and urbanism, made without a participatory design with inhabitants, and the adjectival use of the space combined with the imposition of economic and functional factors have become the sign of times that strongly affect the evolution and generation of cities. Where have the diversity, complexity, and mixture of the urban ecosystem gone? We must flee from the premises of the Charte d’Athènes and progress towards the creation of a city rich in multicultural and ecological diversity. For this purpose, this paper proposes to rethink the concept of the city starting from the already existent natural and social landscaping. More specifically, this paper recommends listening to the landscape in the conception of our cities and claims its incorporation as a representative element into the creation of the neighbourhoods. We propose that the city metamorphoses into an eco-urban system and becomes the succession of void spaces, a poetical landscape that would be enriched by the personal and private experiences of its inhabitants. Far from being the unique and lonely conception of the artist, the architect and the landscape architect, the city would become a common space, the symbiosis between the creators and the inhabitants joined by the mutual desire of sharing personal experiences. Moreover, these designed urban landscapes shall transform the city into a more balanced and human space that facilitates contemplation and sustainable growth. We will analyse two different case studies, the first a new eco-neigborhood in an old industrial land in central Europe, and the second case study a new park in the existing city in the Mediterranean coast. Keywords: architecture, landscape, sustainable, eco-city, nature, bioclimatic.


architecture, landscape, sustainable, eco-city, nature, bioclimatic.