Emergent Urban Transformations

KTH Vetenskap Och Konst

With the lack of a dominating paradigm in urban design and planning, this theme undertakes an inquiry into the postmodern condition of cities. Various paradigms point to different forms of and approaches to design intervention in the public realm – each with conscious expectations, results, and consequences for the end users. Our investigation equally recognizes how forces of structural and emergent change contribute to shaping the urban landscape and living infrastructures exploring different measures for the reinvention of cities. The importance of the digital and social media and network society in general, with its specific transformation and creation of new spaces and places is still not adequately explored.

The investigation is focused on how technology and social networking affect our lives and our cities. Due to the interconnected nature of ecosystems, we are closely linked together with our neighboring communities. The social and economic benefits of regionalism seem to present themselves as the objective for future urban development if we are to have cities that are economically, environmentally and socially sustainable. In that respect, our research considers the spatial implications of all three aspects and connects the micro, meso and macro levels through the concept of the Regional City. Last but not least, we also focus our attention to the developing world, especially the informal city and the hyper transformations happening in these urban landscapes. CHAIR of Theme: Dr. Elisabetta Troglio, Sr. Researcher

Photo: Adaptive Metropolis SF User Generated Urbanism, By Lauren Klein | Published July 24, 2013 © Copyright Rebar Group, Inc.Reproduced by kind permission from the Rebar Group.