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New Bauhaus City. Lecture by Jörg Schröder at NYIT, 15 July 2021

New Bauhaus City. Lecture by Jörg Schröder at NYIT, 15 July 2021

New Bauhaus City: Rediscovering Territories
Lecture by Jörg Schröder at New York Institute of Technology NYIT
Part of the Italian Virtual Pavilion of La Biennale di Venezia 2021

15 July 2021

New Bauhaus City: Rediscovering Territories
Jörg Schröder

Climate change will turn how we understand, feel, and design cities. Cities are a main stage and a key actor to imagine and realise a resilient present and an innovative vision how we live and work together. The aim to transform Europe into the first climate-neutral continent will need inventive design for living spaces—linking technology and arts, enhancing economic and social opportunities. The initiative New European Bauhaus is a call for urbanism and architecture to link, combine, and accelerate innovation with other disciplines, other creatives, and with active citizens. This contribution is setting an urban and territorial perspective at the core of exploration and experimentation, building on potentials and chances to synthesise Dynamics of Periphery. The focus is on places where people, space, flows, and ideas interact, where new quality of life can be imagined and achieved. During the Covid-19 pandemic, we can observe a new awareness and interest in territories, outside of metropolis: for weekend flight, nearby mountains, lakes, rivers, coastlines attracted metropolitans in large numbers, becoming temporary cities; for living and working, for longer or temporarily, places outside of metropolis became a searched, promoted, and admired target. Driven by digitalisation, sustainable mobility, cultural resources, economic inventiveness, renewables, heritage, and new networks, peripheries are becoming Cosmopolitan Habitats. The contribution aims to explore this trend and to turn it into an urbanistic project: can the current rediscovery offer visions for territories in the longer run?

Lecture in the event:

Archipelagos of Changing Habitats
NYIT School of Architecture and Design with University of Genova

In 1977, Oswald Mathias Ungers anticipated the first intellectual paradigm of the shrinking city. In contrast to the reconstruction of “Berlin as Green Archipelago” it represented the testing ground of an alternative figure of a polycentric urban morphology. In 1991, Joel Garrau, in his book “Edge Cities: Life on the New Frontier,” explored the different formulations of the concept of enclaves, built on the utopia of the (sub)urban villages or the so-called Golden ghettos, where privatized home spaces “Privatopia” and “Non-places” are becoming the main nodes of relationships in a complex post-metropolis society. The ARCHIPELAGOS of CHANGING HABITATS symposium traces new concepts and emerging horizons for different ways to inhabit the urban/rural/dense/non-dense conditions of spatialized urban constructs while considering current challenges and opportunities that emerge from systems that take into consideration technological, environmental, and sociocultural domains as catalysts for future urban scenarios. 

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