Online the 7th Edition of Cluster Magazine:Transmitting Architecture

Friday, October 9, 2009 11:34


The complete version of the 7th edition of Cluster magazine, ‘Transmitting Architecture’, is now online.

Transmitting Architecture includes 40 articles which explore the relationship between architecture and society from multidisciplinary angles. (contributors include: Joseph Rkywert, Marcos Novak, Loretta Napoleoni, Michael Batty, Aldo Bonomi, Erminia Maricato and Neville Mars)

Each of the articles is available in English and Italian, and downloadable in pdf. We invite you to share and use this content as you see fit, hoping it can serve as a useful resource to all those interested in cities, design and innovation.

Three key aspects emerge from the content:

1) A widespread awareness of human-related problems, systemic change and access to an unprecedented range of tools and resources has dramatically influenced the role of architecture in contemporary society.

Today, architecture is called upon to formulate projects which respond to the growing needs of a global low-income majority while simultaneously lowering the impact of hard infrastructure. In order to achieve this architects need to renew their toolkit, deploying the soft infrastructure of new technologies, networks and innovative strategies, to increase resource efficiency, equally distributed growth and ultimately urban democracy.
Related content:
Architecture is for Everyone! – Joesph Rykwert
Transmitting Architecture Revisited: on occasion of the UIA World Congress 2008 – Marcos Novak
400 New Towns: A Fetish for Newness – Neville Mars
The Landscape of Tomorrow: when architects are no longer enough – Claudia Cassatella
Young Architects Responses to the Challenges of Tomorrow – Luca Molinari

2) Design plays a crucial role in the organization of scarce resources and finding feasible solutions to pressing global problems – social inequality, demographic change, famine, migration and environmental issues. Without losing sight of core needs design processes and systems become fundamental tools as social and cultural capital become determining factors in future economies.
Related content:
Design Thinking – Arnold Wasserman,
Design in Urban Democracy; a question of survival – John Thackara and Sunil Abraham
Design Centres from Europe to Asia – Giuliano Molineri
Media and Architecture – C.E.B. Reas
Nuage Vert – Helen Evans
Torino Geodesign – Michele Aquila and Stefano Mirti

3) Cities are vital. Cities are hubs of knowledge, creativity and innovation but at the same time home to violence, pollution, unemployment and mass waste.
Channelling cities’ potential to boost innovation and mobilise creativity is a priority for improving the overall quality of life and build towards a ‘less unsustainable’ future. City authorities, planners and stakeholders must re-examine highly expensive, red-tape exercises often associated with traditional urban planning policies and master plans and create platforms for grassroots innovations at more granular levels. Top-down practices need to combine efforts with bottom-up practices (informal activities which are characterizing the megacities of the urban age) in order to find new strategies for future development that embrace local level activities.
Related content:
Brazil’s Megacities – Erminia Maricato
Global Capital and the Cities of the South – Arif Hasan
Deciphering City Futures – Edgar Pieterse
Generating Cities from the Bottom-Up: Using Complexity Theory for Effective Design – Michael Batty
Small is Beautiful – Loretta Napoleoni

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