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Besim Hakim + Ombretta Romice & Sergio Porta lectures

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James Weir Building

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Urban Design Studies Unit introduces special event as a part of CDT Built Environment Futures Lecture Series.

Sergio Porta: Evolution and Urban Form

As the mainstream urban planning and design struggles to cope with rapidly changing needs and pressures, the quest raises for a different discipline to resolve the oxymoron between “design” and “change”. How can we design a city that is supposed to change continuously in time without freezing it in a designer’s lifeless dream? Can we at all? How can we help society challenged by the problem of the sustainable future city, be part of the solution rather than the problem itself? The way forward, it is proposed, comes by focusing on the model of change of the city as a complex adaptive system.

Ombretta Romice: Masterplanning for Change

Starting from the understanding of cities as complex adaptive systems in evolution, we show that urban morphology as a discipline can help re-imagining a process of masterplanning that rather than inhibiting change, sets the conditions for it. We illustrate the process of what we call Masterplanning for Change, developed over years of research and teaching at the University of Strathclyde. We show that rather than producing a “new” city, such process contributes to shaping a city which is first of all resilient; its ‘goodness’ will come through inhabitation and use.

Besim Hakim: Generative Processes of Historic Towns

Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners, Member of the American Institute of Architects, and a degree in Urban Design from Harvard, has been researching and writing about traditional codes from the Mediterranean region since 1975. His goal is to articulate how those codes shaped the traditional built environment, so as to provide lessons and models for contemporary and future architects, urban designers, city administrators and officials, and lawyers, who are involved in formulating or revising codes. He has practiced architecture and urban design and also taught those disciplines for over two decades. He is currently working as a consultant in urban design and independent scholar.

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