miércoles, 16 de enero de 2013

The future of masterplanning

Lucy Bullivant has completed and published in Masterplanning futures a comprehensive outlook on some of the most relevant large scale developments in the world that are configuring a new understanding on the role of master plans. In a time of rapid urbanization, changing economic patterns, growing demands for more democratic processes in urban policies and shifts in objectives and preferences in urban contexts, the traditional modernist planning model might be transitioning to a new stage and this is the hypothesis and starting point of the research.

As such, it means a new contribution to have a wide overview of some of the most prominent projects developed in the last decade and those already undergoing to be completed in the next years. The collection of cases  (24 plans in 22 cities in 17 countries in 6 continents) is structured in sections that reflect different typologies of large scale design processes considering physical features (waterfronts, infrastructure-driven urban materplans, city-centres), overall objectives and impacts beyond traditional planning priorities (social equity, eco-cities), conditions (post-disaster regeneration, post-industrial sites) or functional goals (science and technology districts, landscape, urban growth).  All cases are covered in-depth giving light for those interested in the backgrounds and institutional settlements of some projects mostly known for their final production of space while the process is sometimes misunderstood or not well-known.  To that extent, the collection –HafenCity (Hamburg), One-North (Singapore), PRES  Sustainable Reconstruction Plan (Constitución, Chile), Medellín, Masdar City (Abu Dhabi), MRIO (Madrid), Almere Structure Vision,...- comprises different approaches and contexts in which masterplanning is being used with new instruments and goals as an evolution of urban practices.

This new generation of masterplanning is testing renewed strategies to understand and plan cities and neighbourhoods and in the different cases covered in the book traces of new democratic discussions, the intersection of the digital and physical, open source networks, evolutionary and organic approaches, scientific tools or social issues considerations can be found.

The next video shows Lucy Bullivant at Strelka Institute explaining some main ideas and cases from the book:

Lucy Bullivant: Masterplanning Futures: the ideals and processes of masterplanning in the 21st century from Strelka Institute on Vimeo.

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