Green topologies and landscapes beyond the land. A 30-years research on green hybridization

  • Manuel Gausa University of Genova (Italy)
Keywords: eco-networks, interwoven city, operational topos, green topologies, dirty ecologies

Abstract

New urban metabolisms and their faster anthropic status require new inter-connected environmental systems, able to encourage effective interaction between inter-and endo-urban ‘factories’ and ‘landscapes’, but a new, much more fluid and transversal ‘green’ dimension, aimed at fostering a fertile encounter between nature and the city, eco-structure and infrastructure, technology, topography and topology, interweaving the territory, reinforming its very structural fabrics and above all ‘renaturalising’, through flexible meshes, its diverse and varied pre-existences. New eco-systemic ‘city-architecture-infrastructure-landscape’ strategies are required, but also new types of spatial repertoires with more complex geometries (more flexible, elastic and organic) linked to the dynamics of a changing environment and its multi-scalar manifestations: new topographies, topologies and topomorphies (but also para-topologies) that are more hybrid because, paradoxically, they are more sensitive to nature; approaches favoured by the current eco-technological capacity to work with new responsive materials in which vegetation and all bio-active organisms would combine into new multi-scalar spatial devices, ‘networked environments’, highlighting the shift from a defensive ecology to a proactive ecology and even an increasingly techno-performative ecology.

Author Biography

Manuel Gausa, University of Genova (Italy)

Architect and PhD, he is a Full Professor of Urban Planning and Coordinator of the PhD in Architecture & Design. He was Co-founder and Dean (2012-2015) of the IAAC-Institut of Advanced Architecture of Catalunya, the Director of the Quaderns d’Arquitectura i Urbanisme Journal (1991-2000), and co-founder of the Actar group. His research interests focus on the urban and territorial perspective and on architecture and landscape understood as multi-scalar systems and devices. He was awarded the Medaille de l’Académie d’Architecture de France.
E-mail: mgausa@arch.unige.it

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Published
2022-06-30
How to Cite
Gausa, M. (2022) “Green topologies and landscapes beyond the land. A 30-years research on green hybridization”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 11(online), pp. 14-25. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/1112022.
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