João Rafael Santos (FA Ulisboa)
Alessandro Armando (PoliTo)
The track is aimed at bridging and intersecting multiple disciplinary contributions on the adaptation of streets, including urbanism, architecture, landscape architecture, artistic and cultural studies, engineering and social sciences. Street adaptation is a complex and challenging process which requires systematic description and interpretation of their role in multiple scales and in the face of new (and not so new) needs. Whether in old streets or newer linear infrastructures, this process requires the integration of sectoral claims, temporary initiatives, and technical innovations to design spatially and culturally coherent public space.
Contributions addressing some of the following topics and based on specific case studies of past and ongoing processes of urban streets transformation would be more than welcome.
1. Streets as adaptable spaces, changing with the city, meeting new needs and demands, integrating new systems, infrastructures and architectural elements. The notion of adaptation should be stressed and discussed, considering its different implications: adaptation as a coherent effect, compliant with a program (of functions, strategy etc.); adaptation as a collateral effect, emerging from a constellation of contingent actions (ex-aptation).
2. Streets as socio-technical spaces where an ever-evolving tension between public and private claims, conflicts and opportunities unfold. The street could be the most evident reference of a broader entanglement, made of institutional acts, social and material infrastructures, contracts, policies, spatial practices, which need to be mapped and organized into a perspective, in order to become a project.
3. Streets as spaces of persistence, memory, identity: a framing structure, working at many scales, from the neighborhood to the territory. This points to the diversity of streets in multiple urban and territorial contexts, an opportunity to shape, structure and qualify and contemporary landscape.
: public space diversity, adaptable infrastructure, multi-scale streets