The City Beyond Architecture


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SpecificationsISBN: 978-8-832080-11-7 Binding: Soft Bound Pages: 260pp Publication Date: Spring 2021 Size: 6.3” x 9.05” Portrait World Rights: Available

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Whereas in the Western world suburbanism has finally come to dominate the landscape and the life of most of the people, in Asia activities are all mixed; one can find agricultural production sitting side by side homes, temples, or high-tech factories. It is a new kind of mixitè and, if properly managed, it seems to be more sustainable than a European periphery.

In this context, a new movement is developing, one for public space capable of structuring such particular landscape; providing both social spaces and a sense of identity to the communities living in these places. In a way, what is now developing is what landscape urbanism has been theorizing for some time. Specifically, it is happening in places such as Taiwan, where some form of direct democracy is possible. In a way, it is similar to what happened at the onset of the Tessiner school in South Switzerland, or at the time of the Barcelona Olympics, those rare occurrences of city-making, when innovations in planning and design are put forward. But here, it is something that tells us about what the design culture of most of the world’s future urbanization could become.

Alessandro Martinelli is an assistant profesor for the department of Landscape architecture, at the Chinese Culture University in Taipei and works with BIAS Architects Taipei on projects concerning public space today. He was previously involved in research projects and didactical activities at the Accademia di Mendrisio (Italy), the International Institute of Architecture in Vico Morcote (Switzerland) and the Barcelona Institute of Architecture, among others.

Sheng-Yuan Huang, born in Taipei in 1963, holds a BArch from Tunghai University, Taiwan and a MArch from Yale University (USA). Before returning to Taiwan in 1993, he worked for Eric Owen Moss Architects as a project associate and taught at North Carolina State University.




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