geometry AND life OF URBAN SPACE
tsome Fundamentalist Mistakes he purpose of most new public spaces is, in fact, pedagogical: erecting industrial “design” symbols so that people are exposed to them. We face a problem that goes beyond the planning of urban plazas in order to understand how man deals with his surroundings. Humans need to connect to the natural environment. For this reason, having nature present, always adds life to a square. By contrast, the products of contemporary design are deprived of organized information on the human scale. The user’s perception of an open space is optimized with rather low buildings. The proportion of open space compared to the height of the surrounding buildings determines the size of the square, which cannot be too wide; otherwise you get an effect of discomfort. We have to avoid the imposition of in human dimensions, often coinciding with urbanblocks that are much larger than traditional ones.
The opposite geometry is achieved with an isolated structure, the most damaging of which is themodernist skyscraper. All the space remains outside and is thus exposed. A person in this exposed outer space strongly feels a lack of protection in a geometry that is too open. The open space around the isolated building, whether it’s high or low, is useless.
public space represents a common value, a meeting place, in the information age. Urban fabric has biological characteristics. It represents a “super-organism”, a complex structure that is created by combining space with human beings. In fact, common space is the next-largest socio-geometric structure following that of the individual and his/her family.
Urban space is even sacred, because it constitutes a link between geometry and humanity. Our interaction with the environment comes from our evolution in the open spaces the in prehistoric times, subsequently applied to define the open spaces of the city as an extension of our ancestral open areas.
A plastic deformation that develops some isolated blocks ends up with amuch more complex built fabric. At the same time, the urban space becomes much better defined. We must, however, overcome a design prejudice that privileges the building’s foot print rather than the shape of urban spaces: you can’t have both, and, obviously, you have to sacrifice the abstract and formal plan of buildings to obtain public space.
How to connect at all building into the urban fabricusing a complex base on the human scale
Given that in serting tall buildings into the urban fabricis nowadays more and more common, we have to think of how to do this in order to limit the damage. Insteadof the detached building defining an open space all “outside”, we can establish its base on amore human scale. A connective urban fabric that is predominantly low-risecan help at all building to become part of the city.
development of open spaces from “outside” to “inside” following the plastic deformation of the built fabric