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UTOPIAN DREAMING by Cesare Maria Casati
he worldwide pandemic that has hit every nation in the world and, finally, a new awareness and understanding of how our planet can be made more inhabitable in the future seem to me to be crucial in bringing about a turnaround in creative thinking in the realm of architecture.
How do we envisage the future appearance of the cities and “homes” that the world’s rapidly growing population will have to build or regenerate in the next century?
New Beijing library, China, project: Snøhetta
Seemingly inevitable changes in the atmosphere, air pollution (also inevitable but not so soon) and the inadequate maintenance of what already exists, not to mention all the monuments that need to be safeguarded, will force us to make choices increasingly focused on building and regenerating along industrial and materials-driven lines.
The laws of economics and labour may mean we have to build more macro-objects than proper constructions, technologically cutting-edge designs that may be look good but whose utility and superstructures are dictated more by marketing surveys than social needs. Read all