5 Rumors + 1 Vision (June25, 2013 @ NCTU)

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Based on previous presentation: 5 Rumors of Cities, altered and added 1 vision for Design.
A short talk for NCTU Architecture School's Open Studio 2012 Event. Thanks for the invitation by David C Tseng, professor from NCTU.

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5 Rumors + 1 Vision (June25, 2013 @ NCTU)

  1. 1. 5 RUMORS + 1 VISION of cities for design
  2. 2. RUMOR 1: URBAN DESIGN IS DEAD (?)
  3. 3. URBAN DESIGN Est. 1960 Architecture Urban Planning
  4. 4. Urban Renewal Urban Sprawl Zoning Garden City New Pattern New Urbanism
  5. 5. URBAN DESIGN Est. 1960 Architecture Urban Planning
  6. 6. " Urban Design has reached a dead end...While the task grows in urgency and com- plexity, the disciplinary main- streaming of urban design has transformed it from potentially broad and hopeful conceptual category into aincreasingly rig- id, restrictive, and boring set of orthodoxies." -- Michale Sorkin, <The Ends of Ur- ban Design>, Urban Design
  7. 7. URBAN DESIGN UNDERSTANDING
  8. 8. URBAN DESIGN UNDERSTANDING
  9. 9. RUMOR II: LANDSCAPE URBANISM SAVES THE WORLD(?)
  10. 10. Charles Waldheim LANDSCAPE saves the world!
  11. 11. Charles Waldheim LANDSCAPE saves the world!
  12. 12. Mohsen MostafaviCharles Waldheim LANDSCAPE saves the world! ECOLOGICAL URBANISM saves the world!
  13. 13. Mohsen MostafaviCharles Waldheim LANDSCAPE saves the world! ECOLOGICAL URBANISM saves the world!
  14. 14. Mohsen Mostafavi Pierre BelangerCharles Waldheim LANDSCAPE saves the world! ECOLOGICAL URBANISM saves the world! INFRASTRUCTURE saves the world!
  15. 15. Mohsen Mostafavi Pierre BelangerCharles Waldheim LANDSCAPE saves the world! ECOLOGICAL URBANISM saves the world! INFRASTRUCTURE saves the world! Landscape As Infrastructure
  16. 16. URBANISM
  17. 17. URBANISM
  18. 18. We don’t have to save the world! What if we simply declare that there is no crisis-redefine our relationship with the city not as its makers but as its mere subjects, as its supporters? More than ever, the city is all we have. What Ever Happened to Urbanism-S,M,L,XLRem Koolhaas
  19. 19. RUMOR III: GENERIC CITY(?)
  20. 20. “Now we are left with a world without ur- banism, only architecture, ever more ar- chitecture. The neatness of architecture is its seduction; it defines, excludes, lim- its, seperates from the “rest”-but it also consumes....”
  21. 21. Generic City is about SAMENESS Cities with no history, no culture, no Difference.
  22. 22. GENERIC
  23. 23. GENERIC = DIVERSITY
  24. 24. “Together, all these breaks - with scales,with architectural composition, with tradition, with transparency, with ethics-imply the final, most radical break: Bigness is no longer part of any urban tissue. It exists; at most, it coexists. Its subtext is FUCK context.” Bigness, S,M,L,XL
  25. 25. RUMOR IV: FUCK CONTEXT(?)
  26. 26. Tim Stonor and SPACE SYNTAX
  27. 27. FUCK CONTEXT
  28. 28. FUCK CONTEXT
  29. 29. RUMOR V: A PHYSIST SOLVES CITIES(?)
  30. 30. Geoffrey West “ Give me the SIZE of a city, any city in the world. You name it! I can tell you almost EVERYTHING about the city, even I’ve never been there...”
  31. 31. URBANISM?
  32. 32. 'SCIENTIFIC' URBANISM (?)
  33. 33. ONE VISION FOR DESIGN(ER)
  34. 34. " So when we talk about design today, and par- ticularly when we read about it in the popular press, we're often talking about products like these. Amusing? Yes. Desirable? Maybe. Impor- tant? Not so very. But this wasn't always the way. And I'd like to suggest that if we take a different view of design, and focus less on the object and more on design thinking as an ap- proach, that we actually might see the result in a bigger impact. " ---Tim Brown, IDEO
  35. 35. INNOVATIVE THINKING
  36. 36. ARCHITECT?
  37. 37. "Maybe, architecture doesn't have to be stu- pid after all. Liberated from the obligation to construct, it can become a way of thinking about anything - a discipline that represents relationships, proportions, connections, effects, the diagram of everything." ---Rem Koolhaas 2004, OMA
  38. 38. SYSTEMS THINKING
  39. 39. REAL INNOVATION ARISES FROM UNDERSTANDING OF REALITY
  40. 40. ONE VISION: CROSS-DISCIPLINARY, TRUE IMPACT
  41. 41. 5 RUMORS + 1 VISION of cities for design

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