By Giovanni Maciocco
This publication explores new varieties and modalities of kin among humans and house that more and more have an effect on the lifetime of town. The research takes as its start line the concept in modern societies the lack of our dating with position is a symptom of a breakdown within the courting among ethics and aesthetics. This in flip has prompted a predicament not just in style, but additionally in our experience of attractiveness, our aesthetic intuition, and our ethical values. It has additionally resulted in the lack of our engagement with the panorama, that is crucial for towns to operate. The authors argue that new, fertile varieties of interplay among humans and area at the moment are occurring in what they name the ‘intermediate space’, on the border of “urban normality” and people components of a urban the place electorate scan with unconventional social practices. This new interplay engenders a collective judgment of right and wrong, giving a brand new and effective power to the activities of people and likewise their family with their atmosphere. those new family members emerge in basic terms once we abandon what's referred to as the “therapeutic phantasm of space”, which nonetheless exists this day, and which binds in a deterministic demeanour the standard of civitas, the associative lifetime of humans within the urban, to the standard of city area. initiatives for the town may still, as an alternative, have as their keystone the inspiration of social motion as a go back to a serious viewpoint, to a brave recognition of social accountability, even as looking the generative buildings of city existence during which civitas and urbs back recognize one another.
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In kitsch, as in the simulacrum city, in the city as theme-park, we might say the kitsch city, the ethical imperative to do a good job is replaced by the injunction to do a good job, to act for the effect, rather for the good effect, to therefore degrade beauty in itself, the objective of the infinite, inexhaustible value of art and of the city, to a realisable condition. The kitsch city, which operates by following the dictates of the good effect, brings what has already been up to date, borrows its own content and techniques from past works, seeking guaranteed, tested methods of production of the “beautiful”.
Thus the landscape plays a fundamental role as subject, “almost protagonist”, a sort of “superior character” that influences man, his habits, his emotions, his sentiments, his “non-communicability”, transforming him into a “non-man”, a sort of robot, that has finally lost all 7 humanity and sensibility, incapable of an active glance towards the future. This involution of the glance corresponds to the involution of the landscape in our contemporary post-cities, and represents a crisis of the project as the result of a passive, indeed contemplative, glance.
This naturally also poses spatial, urban and architectural implications of great importance as the traditional city is assumed to be the constructed expression of stability and permanence, safety and defence. The destructive power of what is mobile contrasts with the solidity of the urban fabric. The stable, constructive, productive, hierarchising order of the city can only see itself threatened, undermined by a destructive order: this is the logic of the non-city, characterised by the uprooted, the destructive, unproductive, ephemeral and changing, ultimately what is mobile and unstable.
People and Space: New Forms of Interaction in the City Project (Urban and Landscape Perspectives) by Giovanni Maciocco