sabato 25 giugno 2011
Che bello!!! La proposta mia e di Albert Mayr e' stata accettata e cosi' parteciperemo con la presentazione di un poster al convegno "Time and diversity: approaches to the design of the public city. Integrating themes, practices, instruments" che si terra' a BERLINO ! il 29 e 30 Settembre :) Ecco l'abstract: WHAT HAS HAPPENED THERE? DIVERSITY IN SPATIO-TEMPORAL COGNITIVE MAPS Albert Mayr, TIMEDESIGN, Firenze Antonella Radicchi, Dipartimento di Urbanistica e Pianificazione Territoriale, Università di Firenze For this poster we take Tony Hiss' felicitous phrase of a "dramaturgical approach to the management of environments" as a starting point for some considerations regarding the tools for accomplishing such an approach. While time-space-related policies generally aim at improving the quantitative, structural-material aspects of the spatio-temporal fabric in cities, some attention should be given to the "subjective perception...which has been left far behind in the main stream of the discourse of architectural design and urban planning, (but which) dominantly shapes the way we appreciate and interact with the urban environment" as Min-Feng Hsieh put it. Already sensuous urbanism, born in the Fifties due to Kevin Lynch and Gyorgy Kepes’ researches and studies, aimed to deal “with the immediate experiential qualities of places […] and their importance in peoples lives.” (Banerjee, Southworth 1990, p. 6). Unfortunately, during the past decades mainstream research in urban studies failed to adopt such an approach to the city, and pursued a sensory deprivation imposed by the Modernity. Finally, thanks to the “sensual revolution” (Howes, 2004) and to a renewed interest to the “sense of the city” (Zardini, 2005), researchers have come back to pursue values as subjectivity, perception, and “intimate sensing”(Porteous, 1990) in studying and designing contemporary cities. So far the work on the sensory quality of cities by sensuous urbanism, perceptual geography and through cognitive maps has focused mainly on the static spatial configurations. But the various parts of our cities are also the theaters for little or not so little "dramas" consisting of the spatio-temporal patterns of presences, absences, arrivals and departures of inhabitants. Just as the perception of the static spatial configurations varies from subject to subject, also the perception, and the resulting "spatio-temporal cognitive map" of observed dramas varies. In order to define what may be desirable dramas and find the spatio-temporal tools which may enable them to happen, it is useful to look at the diversity in spatio-temporal cognitive maps regarding the "dramas" in a portion of territory observed during the same temporal window. A diversity appearing both in the apperceived elements and the modalities of rendering. The examples shown in the poster come from an 'excursion' - led by the authors - with architecture students in a small park in Florence in October 2010. The temporal observation window was 3'.