• Avant Urbanism

    • Sharing their knowledge and desire to change, groups of engineers, architects and designers are recovering public spaces.

    The aesthetic of cities: three projects that inspire transformation / 

    Since the Renaissance, the concept of the ‘ideal city’ has haunted the greatest scientific minds. Helping themselves to the golden ratio and the wisdom of nature, they built architectural and urban fortresses across Italy. Today, urban spaces must be redesigned carefully, using tools that will help them care for life, working with the best quality possible, in harmony and ensuring equality.

    Moved by the spirit of transformation, architects, engineers and designers in the United States have combined their talents to shape some truly astounding projects. An example of this is still a budding project: the work of Mags Harries and Lajos Héder which involved putting together 15 large flowers made with solar panels and a beautiful design, located in Austin, Texas. The metallic sunflowers invite us to reflect on the connection that lies between the natural energies that are essential in life and technological developments.

    Currently there are unused pavement slabs that cover large extensions of fertile land. This does not stop life from making a way for itself through cracks, forming tiny islands of grass and plants, a phenomenon that can represent an aesthetic delight or a source of inspiration. Based on the premise that concrete and asphalt should not be permanent, Stacy Levy, together with Biohabits Inc., developed the project Dendritic Decay Garden. It involves implementing a series of ecologic parks in abandoned spaces, which are renewed as spreading areas, devoted to keeping alive a fresh connection to nature.

    High Line is a project that was made in New York in 2009, it uses Manhattan’s abandoned railroad system like an underground park. This beautiful crossroad is full of plants and flowers that blend in with the original construction, in a space perfectly apt for outdoor cultural events and those that strengthen the communal ties of New York’s inhabitants. The project was envisioned and carried out by a group of designers, city officials and the neighbours of the area, who are also in charge of its preservation.

    This conglomerate of willpower, whose mission is to rescue the important connection between man and nature, is an example of the artistic and creative beauty that keeps alive our hope for a better world. 

    Tagged: urbanism, cities, New York