architecture : theory and strategy

tu delft, indurben lecture

object lecture for tu delft (in dutch) subject symptoms of urban inertia date april 2002 words - pages 94 author christiaan weiler ref technical university delft, faculty of architecture


urban inertia
with the population growing and society changing at the speed they do, it is increasingly difficult to manage all aspects of society in one integrated model. models of management are reaching their limits. the same is true for urbanism, it can hardly keep up with the changes taking place. the city has a certain resistance against big and sudden changes, such as present day demography. this inertia can be explained by four symptoms: complex management, long evaluation terms, accelerated settlement dynamics and invisible physical systems. these symptoms can be translated into goals for architecture. architecture should concentrate on playing a complementary and strategic role in urbanism. urbanism plays top-down, architecture plays bottom-up.

the items on the agenda for architecture should remind the city on how to act and react to contemporary changes; changes that will only intensify. it means that architecture should react on short term to urban needs, without too much historical ballast, and with a notion of social and technical performance. it also means that architecture must consciously take part in the demographic dynamics and the consquential urban activities. architecture can deliver an inductive urban enhancement to the city.

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