After next weeks’ presentation (on Tuesday November 6th, our Belgian 8 student teams will present their Micro Urban Strategies for the Wenduine region, see future posts), we will try to have a real eye-to-eye contact in between some students of different ADU_2020 partners: we will skype with our colleagues in Paraguay about some common themes in the different projects.
We will ask 8 students of the Belgian and 8 students of the Paraguayan PPP studio (each time 2 students for 4 questions/themes) to prepare in advance a short “statement”, based on the themes below, to warm up the planned conversation, to trigger an eye-to-eye discussion about Urban Growth and Sprawl and related topics.
Planned: Thursday November 8th, 17h (Brussels time).
The mentioned themes are:
1. Sprawl and low density: most people seem to prefer to live in low dense neighborhoods: can we afford to focus exclusively on compact or smart growth or intensify existing sprawl areas, against their will? (team 1 and 2)
2. Urban growth: should growth scenarios build on existing infrastructures or should they focus on creating new ones? is transit oriented development the only solution? Growth scenarios still depend on the use of cars, can we afford to propose scenarios that neglect this reality? (team 3 and 4)
3. Proximity: people seem to hold on to the “law of maximum distance possible”. Does this mean we have to obey this, when proposing urban development or its constituent architecture? (team 5 and 6)
4. Can or do politics always define the scope of “feasibility” of urban projects? How much can a specific or local culture be an insurmountabe problem for ADU? (team 7 and 8)
To be continued!