The Self-Sufficient City: Internet has changed our lives but it hasn't changed our cities, yet.

The Self-Sufficient City: Internet has changed our lives but it hasn't changed our cities, yet.

by Vicente Guallart
     
 

Internet has changed our lives but it has not yet changed our cities. Any technological revolution takes paired radical transformations in the life styles. If the age of the car and the oil shaped the cities of the 20th century, the society of the information will form those of the 21st century. It is an unstoppable evolution that, nevertheless, it is necessary to

Overview

Internet has changed our lives but it has not yet changed our cities. Any technological revolution takes paired radical transformations in the life styles. If the age of the car and the oil shaped the cities of the 20th century, the society of the information will form those of the 21st century. It is an unstoppable evolution that, nevertheless, it is necessary to be able to lead with criterion. It is a question of taking advantage of the urban experiences accumulated for centuries by the human beings and having present that the growth cannot be unlimited and the energetic resources that our planet offers have expiry date. Vicente Guallart exposes this fascinating process in a book loaded with ideas, information and proposals. As observer, thinker and pioneer of the architecture of the future, Guallart proposes the regeneration of the cities (from the housing to the metropolis) to stimulate a new economy of the urban innovation. A path with destined to the self-sufficiency local resources, and to the global connectivity as knowledge and information. Because the connected self-sufficiency get the cities and the persons who inhabit them been stronger, free and independent.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Author Vincent Guallart presents students, academics, researchers, and general interest readers with an examination of what it will take for cities to become self-sufficient in a post-Internet era. The author has organized the ten chapters that make up the main body of his text in two parts devoted to self-sufficiency, cities, networks, dwellings, buildings, city blocks,
neighborhoods, public spaces, cities, metropolises, and a wide variety of other related subjects. The author is the principal architect for the city of
Barcelona, Spain." —Eithne O'Leyne, Editor, ProtoView

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781940291031
Publisher:
Actar
Publication date:
04/01/2014
Pages:
262
Sales rank:
1,265,873
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author


Vicente Guallart works in the confluence of Architecture, artificial nature and technologies. Some of his more relevant projects are the Denia Mountain (reconstruction of an old quarry, in an environment that hold and old Arab castle, selected for the Venice Biennale 2004), 3 ports in the North of Taiwan that will improve the tourism in the island (winners of 2 international competitions), or the Sharing Tower in the neighborhood of la Torre (Valencia). He spent part of his time with research and educational projects as former director of the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IaaC), in Barcelona, that holds an international postgraduate program on Architecture and Urbanism working in many scales "from Bits to geography". In 2000 he co-directed with MIT's Media Lab and another research Center, the Media House Project, the prototype of an informational house, based for the first time, in distributed computation. He is author of the master Plan of the project Sociópolis, a housing project in Valencia that allows the urban development and the protection of the agriculture environment. He coordinates a group of international architects that will build different equipments and housing projects in this neighborhood. This project was shown in the Valencia Biennale, or the Arkitertur Zentrum in Vienna. It will be built for the year 2007. He is co-author of the Metapolis Dictionary of Advanced Architecture Actar, HiperCatalonia or Media House Project. The Korean publishing house DD dedicates the monograph "Intelligent realities" to his work. Actar publishing house is preparing his new book "Media, Mountains and Architecture". He has given lectures in different Universities and Cities around the world as Princeton University, Upenn, Architectural Association, UCLA, MIT, Space (Seoul), Woodbury University, Taipei and others. His work has been exhibit in the Biennale di Venezia 2002, 2004 and 2008, Archilab, Gratz, and others. He is currently Chief Architect of the Barcelona City Council, Spain

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