TERRITORIAL COMPLEXITY

TACTICAL MORPHOLOGIES – Tallinn Architecture Biennale – Estonia

LU CR tutor Carlos Umaña will be participating along with other selected projects of the AALU masters program in the Tallinn Architecture Biennale to be realized in Estonia this Sep 8 – 11, 2011.

More info of the event here

http://www.tab.ee

http://www.arhitektuurikeskus.ee

PROJECT: TACTICAL MORPHOLOGIES. Resisting the Uncertainty of Strategic Planning

RUGAO CITY MASTERPLAN – 2020

THE CITY OF RUGAO, LOCATED NORTH IN THE YANGTSE RIVER DELTA, IS EXPERIENCING IMPORTANT TRANSFORMATIONS WITHIN ITS LANDSCAPE.

RAPID INDUSTRIALIZATION PROCESSES AND MARKET ORIENTED URBAN DEVELOPMENTS ARE TRANSFORMING COMPLETY THE URBAN SCENARIO, WITHOUT ANY CONSIDERATION OF THE SOCIAL STRUCTURES OF  VERY TRADITIONAL AGRICULTURAL-BASED SOCIETY, OR THE NATURAL HABITATS AND ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS ON SITE, ENDANGERING ONE OF THE MOST VALUABLE CULTURAL LEGACIES IN EAST CHINA.

BECAUSE OF THE LACK OF PLANNING, UNCONTROLLED INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT HAS FRAGMENTED THE FABRIC INTO SEPARATE AREAS OF PRODUCTION AND PATCHES OF INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT WITH HIGHLY CONTAMINATED SOILS VERY CLOSE TO THE CITY CENTER.

TACTICAL MORPHOLOGIES, TAKES ADVANTAGE OF POTENTIAL VOIDS THAT INDUSTRY WILL BE LEAVING INSIDE THE CITY – AS NEW DEVELOPMENTS OF INDUSTRIAL PARKS ARE BEING BUILT ON THE PERIPHERY-  AND USES THEM TO REGENERATE THE ONCE TOXIC URBAN LAND INTO A NEW NETWORK OF GREEN-PRODUCTIVE PUBLIC SPACES. BY USING GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE, THE PROJECT CHANGES THE TRADITIONAL ROLE OF NATURE IN THE CITY, FROM AN OPTIONAL FACILITY TO THE DETERMINANT FACTOR FOR THE FUTURE FUNCTIONING AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE CITY, WITH THE OBJECTIVE TO CREATE THE TRANSFORMATION OF THE PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT, LINKING THE INNER URBAN FABRIC  WITH THE AGRICULTURAL LAND.

BY USING SOIL REMEDIATION -BIOREMEDIATION- CONSISTING IN BIOLOGICAL TECHNIQUES THAT TAKE ADVANTAGE OF PROCESSES DEVELOPED BY PLANTS TO PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM POLLUTANTS, ARTIFICIAL TOPOGRAPHIES ARE GENERATED TO ACHIEVE NON-LINEAR URBAN ATMOSPHERES WHERE PRODUCTIVE LANDSCAPES, PUBLIC SPACES AND MIXED LAND USES AND CAN COMBINE.

THE PROJECT WILL TAKE ACTION IN THE LOW SCALE OF “DOING”, RETHINKING THE VOIDS AND SPACES LEFT BEHIND IN THE CITY BY THE UNCERTAINTY OF STRATEGIC APPROACHES, COMBINING THEM SYSTEMATICALLY IN ORDER FOR THEM TO ADAPT WHERE ANY SITUATION DEMANDS.

TACTICALLLY RESIST THE TOP DOWN ACTIONS AND MARKET-ORIENTED URBAN PLANNING BY  REDEFINING METHODOLOGIES AND REESTABLISHING CONNECTIONS BETWEEN NATURE AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

QUESTIONING THE BOUNDARY BETWEEN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SPACE, AND PRODUCTIVE AND URBAN LANDSCAPES

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