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A swarming city

A swarming city

Autori Ardesio Giacomo
Editore Maggioli Editore
Formato Cartaceo
Dimensione 16x22
Pagine 200
Pubblicazione Luglio 2014 (1 Edizione)
ISBN / EAN 8891604240 / 9788891604248
Collana Politecnica

Patterns of interference

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This project emerges as part of the urban studies and fieldwork done with URBZ in the city of Mumbai for the Istanbul Design Biennial 2012. The research aims to describe the phenomenon of homegrown neighborhoods in Mumbai and their role within the urban dynamics. Starting from a pragmatic position of accep-tance, the objective is to seek the distinctive and characteristic features of this context in order to think of a different approach to interact with this phenomenon. The prototype, developed in Politecnico di Milano in the masters thesis and further resear-ches, is meant to define, according to the entropic character of informal settlements, how this energy can renew the urban system. The purpose is to orient the growth of these neighborhoods through a weak strategy, able to control without fixing the urban form, in relationship with the socio-economic fabric. The final result is a naive but genuine vision, without the ambition to give a definitive answer of how to think about a diffe-rent action upon these neighborhoods. It is a vision that grants them the right to survive as an active and productive part of the urban system.

0-n Collection of Master Thesis of Politecnico di Milano within the Theory of WeaknessDirector and Coordinator: Elisa C. Cattaneo
"0-n" is a collection of master thesis which I oversaw as supervisor at Politecnico di Milano. These books are a platform of heterogeneity, which find their common field in the theory of weakness, as imperfect and manifold way of knowledge. The aim is to experience an alternative method for contemporary spaces, able to regenerate the stabilized ideas of design. They are more experimental and vital texts/tests than verification procedures: this attitude brings them away from a strictly educational approach. They can be read according to two levels of meaning: in their specific contexts and as open platforms for contemporary researches. Almost all of them are focused on processual values and on project transdisciplinary, in order to promote a cognitive space before a real one. I provided the students with fews thematic lines (a sense of short-circuit, trial, process of meaning), which were underlining an interpretation of knowledge in a horizontal sense, as Gilles Deleuze had defined.These topics have been independently developed by the candidates, so that they can be considered as authors of a new idea. I instructed this learning and researching method, because I belive that the secret of an effective education in to coinvince each student to be able to build his own vision of the world, without stereotyped positions.I am finalising the object of education in the freedom of intelligence, and not in the rules of disciplines, by broading the students' needs and points of view. To cross the world in new expanded geographical horizons.Elisa C. Cattaneo



Notizie sugli Autori
» Giacomo Ardesio Teaching assistant and lecturer at Politecnico di Milano, he graduated with honors in Architecture with a thesis titled A Swarming City, Patterns of Interference, developed between Mumbai, Istanbul and Milan in partnership with URBZ.Between 2012 and 2014 he worked between Italy and India following the path defined in this book in order to continue this investigation. Since 2013 he is part of the independent research agency WeakCircus. His main interests involve emerging forms of urbanism and ecologies and the definitions of of non conventional tools for design.

» URBZIt is an experimental urban research and action collective which organizes collaborative workshops, facilitates hands-on research projects, creates urban forms and concepts, and develops web content about urban space and places since 2008. It has shown its work at the Istanbul Design Biennial in 2012 and will showcase again at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in November 2014. They have - through their joint initiatives - Urbanology and Homegrown cities combined efforts in the fields of research, consultancy and design - developping new avenues for engagement in urban issues. Their collective institutional partners include Max Planck Institute for Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Goettingen, Germany, and Laboratory for Urban Sociology, Lausanne, Switzerland.

» Elisa C. Cattaneo Graham Foundation Grant Recipient in 2014, is adjunct professor in landscape design at the Politecnico di Milano. She researches on experimental ecological design and their theoretical implications. After receiving her degree in architecture, she attended a master program in strategic planning for architectural, urban, and environmental resources. in 2009, she received her PhD in architectural and urban design. She continued to develop her research interests as a visiting scholar at MIT (2010) and at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design (2011-12). She is founder and director of the independen research agency WeakCircus, through which she studies, researches, and develops projects on contemporary urbanism related to the theory of weakness.

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