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The Architecture of Urban Landscape

Total landscape architecture: Gregotti & Associates recent works in North Africa, China, and Europe

The architecture of urban landscapes—the summary of a working method covering the whole span of Gregotti & Associates’ activities—integrates urban design and buildings with natural features, open spaces, and infrastructure. The condition that unifies the projects developed by the studio over the past seven years in North Africa, China, and Europe is the definition of a new horizon in architecture territory, which stands out with the very same methodology used both in the sprawl of Chinese postmetropolises and in the archipelago of broken-up landscapes characteristic of the geocultural multiplicity of Europe, and in the farthest reaches of the outermost desert of the Maghreb and Egypt. This idea of interpreting the landscape as a project is detailed in the studies for five new towns to be founded along the route of the Trans-Saharan Highway in Algeria and in a new urban hub planned for the furthest branch of the Sahara, in the outskirts of Cairo—unique voluntary geographies for new conditions of habitability. Against the enigmatic backdrop of China, the relationship between architecture and postmetropolis is redefined on the scale of entire territorial divisions (Zhuhai Coast), by grafting new parts onto cities within the historical urban system (Zhujiajiao and Suzhou), by urban expansion (Pudong Financial District) and the development of new settlements (Central Belt of the New City of Pujiang). In Europe, the main common feature among diverse city-scale cases is represented by the design of open spaces (Pirelli Headquarters RE 2, Rome’s Capitol Two, Padua’s Research Tower, among others). Ground projects, the organization of public space, the design of green areas, the redevelopment of disused and abandoned areas (such as the former industrial areas of Trento Nord and Terminal Nord Business Park in Udine), and the design of open space are cognitive tools that determine the supporting structure of all architecture. This architectural crossover with geography and history of the sites comes together in a complete collection of works and projects developed over more than sixty years of Gregotti & Associates, piecing together the multifaceted profile of a design studio, which, under various forms of corporate organization, has branched out into all fields of architecture: buildings, interiors, and museum exhibitions; urban design and territorial planning; design of industrial products; and visual communication and graphic design. The complementary among completed works, projects, and their theoretical writings testifies to an entire project in which the modification of the physical environment confronts the critical categories of architecture and creates a critical distance, which identifies the foundation of each project in dialogue with the sites, since the project itself is the place of research in architecture, in which theory and practice coalesce.

The Architecture of Urban Landscape

Total landscape architecture: Gregotti & Associates recent works in North Africa, China, and Europe

The architecture of urban landscapes—the summary of a working method covering the whole span of Gregotti & Associates’ activities—integrates urban design and buildings with natural features, open spaces, and infrastructure. The condition that unifies the projects developed by the studio over the past seven years in North Africa, China, and Europe is the definition of a new horizon in architecture territory, which stands out with the very same methodology used both in the sprawl of Chinese postmetropolises and in the archipelago of broken-up landscapes characteristic of the geocultural multiplicity of Europe, and in the farthest reaches of the outermost desert of the Maghreb and Egypt. This idea of interpreting the landscape as a project is detailed in the studies for five new towns to be founded along the route of the Trans-Saharan Highway in Algeria and in a new urban hub planned for the furthest branch of the Sahara, in the outskirts of Cairo—unique voluntary geographies for new conditions of habitability. Against the enigmatic backdrop of China, the relationship between architecture and postmetropolis is redefined on the scale of entire territorial divisions (Zhuhai Coast), by grafting new parts onto cities within the historical urban system (Zhujiajiao and Suzhou), by urban expansion (Pudong Financial District) and the development of new settlements (Central Belt of the New City of Pujiang). In Europe, the main common feature among diverse city-scale cases is represented by the design of open spaces (Pirelli Headquarters RE 2, Rome’s Capitol Two, Padua’s Research Tower, among others). Ground projects, the organization of public space, the design of green areas, the redevelopment of disused and abandoned areas (such as the former industrial areas of Trento Nord and Terminal Nord Business Park in Udine), and the design of open space are cognitive tools that determine the supporting structure of all architecture. This architectural crossover with geography and history of the sites comes together in a complete collection of works and projects developed over more than sixty years of Gregotti & Associates, piecing together the multifaceted profile of a design studio, which, under various forms of corporate organization, has branched out into all fields of architecture: buildings, interiors, and museum exhibitions; urban design and territorial planning; design of industrial products; and visual communication and graphic design. The complementary among completed works, projects, and their theoretical writings testifies to an entire project in which the modification of the physical environment confronts the critical categories of architecture and creates a critical distance, which identifies the foundation of each project in dialogue with the sites, since the project itself is the place of research in architecture, in which theory and practice coalesce.

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  • Guido Morpurgo

    Guido Morpurgo si laurea in Architettura al Politecnico di Milano. Inizia la professione affrontando studi di fattibilità urbanistica e progetti di edilizia pubblica e privata. Con Annalisa de [...]


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    • Marchio: Rizzoli
    • Genere e argomento: Moda & Design
    • Collana: ARCHITETTURA/DESIGN – ILLUSTRATI
    • Prezzo: 50.00 €
    • Pagine: 192
    • Formato libro: 30 x 24
    • Tipologia: CARTONATO
    • Data di uscita:
    • ISBN carta: 9788817071093

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