For the past decades Detroit has been synonymous for urban decay, while today its apocalyptic landscape poses a challenge for professionals and investors claiming to provide a vision for its future. This study aims to understand the complex dynamics that … Continue reading Previendo el Pasado
Rethink Athens is a European Architectural Competition organized and funded by the Onassis Foundation promoting the revitalization of the Athenian center. Undoubtedly, this is the most ambitious effort, among a series of architectural competitions on public spaces or buildings, to … Continue reading Athens # Rethink
Welcome to DHA City Karachi (DCK) # The first planned sustainable & green city of Pakistan Situated on the Karachi-Hyderabad Superhighway, 56 kilometers from the center of Karachi (the financial centre of Pakistan and a global city with an estimated … Continue reading Still D
“Ecological limits have been surpassed. Economic limits have been surpassed. Population limits have been surpassed. Social cohesion has been lost. Here is the picture of neoliberal urbanism: Ecumenopolis.” This picture hardly matches Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s vision to revamp … Continue reading Ekümenopolis ≡ Ecumenopolis
The exhibition City of Mirages: Baghdad, from Wright to Venturi at the Center for Architecture in New York, from February 22 to May 5, 2012. This itinerant exhibition – currently co-displayed with CHANGE – was originally organized by Col•legi d’Arquitectes … Continue reading City of Mirages
Detroit is a city full of paradoxes. Once growing rapidly now determined to shrink and compact in order to meet a sustainable future, the transformation of the Motor City perfectly exemplifies the pitfalls of history and the incompetence of planning experts to combat social ills and to precede growth.
Detroit heroically leaded the American city through the path of scientific management along Henry Ford’s assembly lines, only to discover some decades later the hazards of industrialization and consumerism.
In 1965, the Detroit Edison Company commissioned the Athens-based consulting firm Doxiadis Associates (DA) a comprehensive study of Detroit and its adjacent area, so as to diagnose the urban condition and propose growth patterns for future development. Funded with over three million dollars and enjoying the enthusiastic support of Walker L. Cisler, the Chairman of the Board of the Detroit Edison, DA prepared jointly with Wayne State University a prolific 3-volume study titled “Emergence and Growth of an Urban Region: the Developing Urban Detroit Area”
Doxiadis’ study abbreviated as UDA, resulted to an ambitious plan that unfolded at an unprecedented scale, “large enough to include dynamic changes in the foreseeable future, in terms of both space and time”. Continue reading “Doxiadis Plans Detroit”