Dialoghi d’architettura a Palazzo Taverna

Beyond the Building


Lunedì 30 Maggio ore 19 – University of Arkansas Rome Center – Palazzo Taverna – Roma

The human species is moving rapidly towards an almost exclusively urban existence. If at the beginning of the twentieth century only 10% of a world population of a billion and a half people lived in cities, in 2050 the 67% of a population that is expected to reach 9 billion people will live in cities.

According to UN estimates, it will be the cities in Sub-Saharan Africa that will grow the more in the coming years, doubling Africa’s population by 2050 and quadrupling it by the end of the century, to exceed the population of China and India combined. Global warming, desertification, poverty and the spread of epidemics in crowded conditions threaten this scenario for development, but will not halt it.

Rather, this growth will create a need for homes, schools, hospitals, roads and infrastructure of all kinds. It will create a need for architecture and architects, for design solutions and strategies. These proposed solutions and the strategies will have a broad impact: creating imbalances between the local and global distribution of resources, or instead, improving quality of life in communities across the continent.

In very different conditions and scenarios, the “curative” approach of the American firm MASS Design Group, focused on the search for a contemporary architecture rooted in the specificity of a place and a community, and that of the Roman collective Orizontale, focused on the reactivation of the “urban waste”, have much in common and represent a path toward an architecture of high social impact.


In this blog, see also Lo-Fab African Bauhaus

About paesaggisensibili

Architect and senior fellow of the McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology of Toronto University, I'm a member of the board of directors of the Italian National Institute of Architecture (IN/ARCH) in Rome, where since 2003 I am in charge of the Institute Master Programs. My studies are rooted in the fields of architecture and philosophy of science with a special interest in biology and anthropology. Key words for my research are: Man, Space, Nature, Technique, Webness, Ecology, Relations, Interactions, Resources, Energy, Landscape, Footprint, Past and Future. My goal is to build critical understanding of the present to suggest useful strategies to build the future.

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