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This book addresses the ability of the design of the city and the territory to produce knowledge; this hypothesis pertains to the tools and the operations of design by which the research itself is constructed. To this end, the book crosses physical and conceptual territories as the result of direct explorations connected with a design practice that has produced original knowledge. The project contains, manipulates, and produces concepts as concrete forms of action in space that interpret, abstract and, at times, generalize. Its tools make it possible to cut through layers of differences and complexity like a knife. The project describes and reveals processes of individualization, as it recognizes situations and uncovers possibilities. It considers the future and then reflects on the city as the basis for an original form of knowledge and awareness. After the crisis of expert knowledge, and during a period of progressive marginalization and simplification of the practice of the architect and urban designers, a re-consideration of the epistemological status of the project is fundamental to rethinking its social role and developing a critical vision of the world.


  • Introduction
  • Part I: CONCEPTUAL TERRITORIES – Chapter 1: Rethinking urbanism – Territory 1: The project of isotropy: a research project – Chapter 2: THE CONCEPTS OF THE URBANISTS/I – Chapter 3: THE CONCEPTS OF THE URBANISTS/II – Territory 2: Conceptual shifts – Conclusion: A space of abstraction
  • Part II: TERRITORIES OF DESCRIPTION – Chapter 1: NEW TERRITORIES: A META-DESCRIPTION – Territory 3: The phantom of porosity – Chapter 2: PROJECT AS DESCRIPTION – Chapter 3: PROJECTS THAT DESCRIBE – Territory 4: Elementary landscapes
  • Part III: territories of the future – Chapter 1: “FUTURE IS BACK” – Territory 5: SCENARIOS OF DISPERSION – Chapter 2: PHENOMENOLOGY OF TIME – Territory 6: Paleochannels of history – Chapter 3: IMAGES OF THE FUTURE – Territory 7: Scenarios of living together
  • Conclusion: “That is how we want to live”
  • Bibliography
  • Images
  • Index nominum


Publisher: EPFL Press English Imprint

Author(s): Paola Vigano

Collection: Urbanism

Published: 23 march 2016

Edition: 1st edition

Media: Book

Pages count Book: 296

Format (in mm) Book: 168 x 240

Weight (in grammes): 460

Language(s): English

EAN13 Book: 9782940222896

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