Speaking in the 2nd Meeting on Formal and Semi-formal Architecture methods

Written by fsmunoz on 18 May 2013 Categories: General

Métodos Formais Em Arquitectura

I’ve been invited by ESAP – Escola Superior Artística do Porto – to speak on the subject of SmarterCities and in representation of IBM. I just came back from New York (was there for a week) and actually got some ideas about technology, urbanism and how people interact with them all from observing a city that is in several ways quite different from the one I’m from. In particular – and this is also something I seen in the MoMA – the relationship between  people, their environment and how laws, technology advances and economical changes can have such an impact on the daily lives of city dwellers.

Midtown Manhattan in 1932, showing the results of the Zoning Resolution

Midtown Manhattan in 1932, showing the results of the Zoning Resolution

Two particular examples come to mind: the impact of the NY zoning laws in the development of a particular city outlook, namely high-rise buildings, and also (and completely unrelated) how Umberto Eco has this constant fascination with Paris’ sewers (which are large and form an almost underground city in themselves) and how due to technology – namely, FTTH – these sort of physical, “hard” infrastructure blocks gain a whole new level of interest and usefulness.

 

(PDF link to the programme)

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