Typology, topography and tectonics – Categories and models for the urban project


  • Santiago Gomes Polytechnic University of Torino (Italy)




typology, topography, tectonics, structure planning, urban form


If there is to be a ‘new urbanism’ – Koolhaas wrote in 1995, after declaring its death – it will be the staging of uncertainty. Mutation, unpredictability and indeterminacy characterise the contemporary urban question and are generating, after the initial bewilderment, disciplinary developments that proceed in search of hybrid forms of Planning, less and less conformative and prescriptive. This contribution – placed inside this process, which calls for a redefinition of the tools and categories of reading, design, and management of transformations – proposes the construction of a theoretical-methodological framework based on the actualisation of the concepts of Typology, Topography and Tectonics and advances concrete operational hypotheses for the regulation, prefiguration and activation of transformations from an inclusive transdisciplinary perspective.


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Received: 11/09/2023; Revised: 12/10/2023; Accepted: 26/10/2023


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Santiago Gomes, Polytechnic University of Torino (Italy)

Architect and PhD, he is a full-time Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture and Design, educated at the Universities of Buenos Aires, Lisbon, and Turin. He is a member of the Joint Research Unit ‘Transitional Morphologies’ (Southeast University of Nanjing – Politecnico di Torino). His research and practice focus on housing questions and the relationship between architecture, the city and society.
E-mail: santiago.gomes@polito.it


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Gomes, S. (2023) “Typology, topography and tectonics – Categories and models for the urban project”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 14, pp. 84–95. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/1462023.