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The Territorial Future of the City

Maciocco, Giovanni (Ed.)

2008

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  • Provides critical exploration of particular concepts
  • New forms of representing social and spatial processes of the contemporary society
  • Counter-space and intermediate spaces of city and territory
  • Theoretical reflections on the urban potential of European city territory
  • Existing approaches dealing with new forms of the city, the urban and urbanity, and the formative contents of the environmental city

To imagine a ''territorial future of the city" is to assert that the territory has urban potential. It points towards the rediscovery of an anchorage to the land: the city is urged by the territory to reflect on the meaning of man's dwelling, to inquire into the primary elements of its construction, to investigate what is essentially urban. For the city of our times has somehow hidden its essence; it has begun to lose its public sphere - becoming a simulacrum of itself, a group of theme-parks, of islands without an archipelago - placing its inhabitants in a ''no-man's-land between past and future''. It seeks its essence on the territory, since it is environmental interdependence that characterizes those relations on which the environmental quality of urban life is founded. And it is precisely the environmental dimension that, by proposing more extensive use of the territory, opens up prospects for a new public sphere through collective awareness-raising of the ''environmental dominants'' that constitute ''an idea that unites places and spatial concepts rich in nature and history'' and are present in the life of the men inhabiting a territory.

Reinsertion of the territory in the context of urban life is explored in this book with contributions by architects, urbanists, sociologists and philosophers. They investigate low-density urban situations, an environmental city perspective that recuperates the historic depth and sense of the territory to relaunch them in current terms; thus we may speak of the "territorial future of the city".

Giovanni MACIOCCO obtained a degree in Engineering at the University of Pisa and in Architecture at the University of Florence. He is Full Professor of Town and Regional Planning, Director of the Department of Architecture and Planning and Dean of the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Sassari. He is Director of the International Laboratory on "the Environmental Project". His main field of research is urban and territorial space planning. Several of his architectural and urban space projects have been published in specialist books, international journals and publications. Among his recent works, the following deserve a mention: La pianificazione ambientale del paesaggio, (FrancoAngeli, 1991); La città, la mente, il piano, (FrancoAngeli, 1994); La città in ombra, (FrancoAngeli, 1996); La città possible, with S. Tagliagambe (Dedalo, 1997); Les lieux de l'eau et de la terre, (Lybra Immagine, 1998); Wastelands (Dedalo, 2000); Territorio e progetto. Prospettive di ricerca orientate in senso ambientale, with P. Pittaluga (FrancoAngeli, 2003); Il progetto ambientale nelle aree di bordo, with P. Pittaluga (FrancoAngeli, 2006); Fundamental Trends in City Development (Springer, 2008), Urban Landscape Perspectives (Springer 2008).

Cover-image: ‘Tenerife: la città dei nomadi’ by Maroun El-Daccache, 2006

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Counter-space - Environmental centrality - Intermediate spaces - Landscape - Polycentric city - Spatiality - Urban potential - architecture - design - environment

Related subjects » Environmental Sciences - Geography

Table of contents 

The Territorial Future of the City.- The Dilation of the Concept of ‘Inhabit’ and the City/Territory Relationship.- Planning in Search of Ground: Committed Muddling Through or a Critical View from Above? 1 .- The Polycentric City and Environmental Resources.- Images of Local Societies and Projects for Space.- Critical Design – The Implementation of ‘Designerly’ Thinking to Explore the Futurity of Our Physical Environment.- Imagining the Re-/Co-production of a Hybrid Territory: Testing Sustainable Concepts of Landscape Development in Roeselare-West.- Derelict Places as Alternative Territories of the City.

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