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Invisible Cities

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  • It is very tempting to seduce ourselves, as architects or as anybody keen on architecture or otherwise involved in the design process that the answer to our problems lies with buildings. Do you actually believe you can separate buildings out from the infrastructure of cities and mobility of transit and the expectations and incentives of people?
  • Why do people tend to believe that what is financially profitable (for developers) is not actually equivalent to economically feasible (positive impacts on social welfare)? How would you show that this does not necessarily have to be like this (but rather the opposite)?

The city is the result of buildings aggregation, as far as a city grows buildings follow it and are followed, when a city planning is not organized the buildings grow follow the nature, when is organized the city planning force the nature, in an other way we can call these processes  natural or unnatural planning. When you are in an old village you feel its age, when you are in a big planned city you see its transformation.

In the natural planning the buildings follows the lifestyle and the environment conditions, for example in the north african old city the streets related with the different families connections are small to protect the houses and the people from the sun, the building aggregation shape the city.
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