Contribuciones: Manuel Gausa. Decalogues For A New Informational Era (3/3). Heptalogue : Multi-Cities; Prospective Program

Decalogues For A New Informational Era (3/3)

Heptalogue : Multi-Cities; Prospective Program

From the city as a formal model to the city as an informational system

We can, thus, define a new action prospective program that has not only promoted, but continues driving, investigations, searches and strategies associated with this new dynamic, complex and informational status of the new multi-city.

1– City & Maps

Exploring a new expression (& representation)

The mapification and cartography of this kind of new scenario as a first step of research(es):

– N-CITY: the city as a complex and dynamic multi-dimension

Data-Maps: Datalayers, Datascapes & Diagramacities

2– City & Networks

Exploring a new kind of exo-organisation.

The lecture and articulation of a new geo-urban condition as a second step of research(es),

– MULTI-CITY (poli-polis): the city as a geo-urban land-net (eco, intra, infra and info structures).


– Going > from an extra-urban territory to an inter-urban territory

from a back-territory to a mesh-territory.

> Strengthening and reactivating the actual and existent urban structures

(the multi-city, as a polycentric system)

> Coordinating the different matrix of landscape(s)

(the landscape, as an operative system)

> Articulating the different infrastructural networks and the systems of the mobility and programmation in new models of integrated planning.

(the networks, as inter-connective systems)

Concerting systems –global and local– destined to facilitate confederate formats, differential and “asymmetrically” balanced – cooperational – able to propose new formulations for the supra-municipal governances and competences.

3– City & Urban Patterns

Exploring a new kind of endo-(re)generation.

The urban reactivation (and redefinition) and the “inside development” as a third step of research(es).

– RE-CYTING: the city as an existing urban multi-fabric

RE-SETS & UR.UK. City (Urban Recycling, Urban Knowledge)

– Going > from a movement to the outside to a movement to the inside

from a a material growth to a relational (and sustainable) development

> Consolidating, reinforcing and reactivating qualitatively the centres

> Profiling and/or modelling the edges (perimeters, margins, surroundings, limits… launching operations of concentration or condensation city/city or operations of transition city/landscape)

> Linking (connecting, reseting and re-urbanizing) the disperse and peri-urban sprawls


1– Recycling             > Re-structuration / Re-use

2– Reconnexion       > Link-Systems and Mesh-Plots

3– Reprogramation   > Mixicity

4– Renaturalisation   > Green factor

5– Relationality         > Conviviality/ social Interaction

6– Relaunching         > Creative economy – Talent prom.

7– Research              > Prospection and innovation

5– City & Environment

Exploring new renewal agendas

The eco-systemic conditions of the city and its environmental optimisation as a fourth step of research(es).

– ECO-CITY: The city as a sustainable and sensitive environment

ENER-GRIDS: Self-Sufficient models and green vectors


Exploring new creative interactions

The new sensorized and sensitive capacities of the urban contexts as a fifth step of research(es).

– CO-CITY: The city as a plural intelligence

CITIZENS and CITY-SENS: social communities and interactive networks

Inform(ation)al inter(actions):

– Not only smart technologies but also slow-culture.

Strategic vectors, intelligent environments but, also, soft and sensitive actions, and new public relational devices….

7– Towards a new Empathy-City or EMPATHIC URBANISM

Able to work with a new paradigms associated to: IN & OUT, ENDO & EXO

Urban Recycling + Territorial Res(e/i)tting + Social Recalling

Manuel Gausa, is Ph.D. Architect, Professor at Università degli Studi di Genova, Landscape and Design Chair, director of Architecture and Design post degree program and director at GIC-Lab Research Laboratory

Image on top is by Actar Arquitectura: Catalunya Land-Grid, HiperCatalunya, 2003.

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