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(Immage by KPF Susstainable Design.pdf pag.8/9)

The U-City (ubiquitous city) involves the totality of public and private infrastructures, which make up the city from health care to knowledge, from production to commerce to public administration. It is required to be aware, sector by sector, of the economic, social and territorial changes required by these new processes of de-materialization.
The cities of Busan and Songdo
The cities of Busan And Songdo, (SouthCorea 49.044.790 NUM. ABIT.), with their masterplans, are the most complete examples of the u-city capabilities.

ArchMedium offers a competition for students, "New York City Theatre." The idea consists in creating an urban theater campus where the young and innovative companies have rehearsal space to show the public the new shows. The campus is an incubator of new trends and talents, a place where theater people from all around the world can go, to find new ideas and launching new shows that will be then played outside New York, in countries where the theater isn’t yet a large entertainment factor.

(Immage createted by Iperconnectivity group Nicola Collazuol, Alberto Cumerlato, Alice De Sisti, Daniele Macor, Simone Peruzzo, Alessandor Zanguio, Daniele Zonta)

The "new road" (see post “Portomarghera: the new road to the fondaco of Pakistan”), develops between the Mestre train station and the new fondaco of Pakistan. It is conceived by the ubiquity paradigm and is based on three design principles: incorporation,metabolism, interactivity.

According to the principle of  incorporation the road infrastructure tends to merge with a varied system of urban elements. The historical relationship between road infrastructure and building will be completely rewritten, and will no longer be two separate elements, but rather the buildings will be part of the transport path, seamless with its infrastructure.
The models developing these new morphological possibilities are:

How  we are seen by our eastern colleagues of the New Silk Road is the topic dealt with by Kishore Mahbubani (dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy) during his inaugural speech at the opening of the academic year 2010 / 11 of University Bocconi in Milan. He detects three strengths in the attitude of Europeans towards Asia:

  • Culture of Peace
  • Culture of compassion
  • Culture of cooperation

and three weaknesses:

  • Culture of insularity
  • Culture of arrogance
  • Culture of ignorance

Kishore Mahbubani suggests to european young people to abandon the pessimism and uncertainty towards the future caused by the comparison between the development of Eastern societies and the static nature of the European ones, since the latter have large human resources that can bring to change.

Europe 2020 strategy suggests  for the territory of the European economy over the next decade the development of three main goals: smart growth, through the development of a knowledge based economy and on the innovation; sustainable growth, by promoting a low carbon emissions economy; efficient use of resources and competitiveness; inclusive growth through the promotion of an economy with a high rate of employment that leads to social and territorial cohesion. The city will be involved in these processes through policies of sustainable urban regeneration (ECO 273) that will transform it  from a dissipative system into a new self-sufficent space for testing and for sustainable development. Setting up an integrated process at European level will begin a "new urban renaissance“; these processes, whose development is planned in the document “Resource efficent Europe”, will focus in the change of demographics of population, social cohesion, the review of urban economic base, the upgrading of natural heritage, the process of dematerialisation, energy self-sufficiency and increasing biodiversity.

Il 21 ottobre si è avviato il Laboratorio di sostenibilità 3 della Laurea Magistrale in Architettura (Università IUAV Venezia). Gli studenti coordinati dal prof. Giuseppe Longhi svilupperanno il tema de “La strada nuova” proseguendo il percorso avviato nell’uguale Laboratorio dello scorso anno accademico e con il workshop internazionale ERASMUS Intensive Program. Queste esperienze hanno individuato una rinnovata connessione fra Venezia e l’Oriente nella “nuova via della seta”, in una piattaforma locale per dialogare con l’oriente, il nuovo fondaco di Portomarghera, ed in “atomi&bit” i materiali con cui sviluppare il progetto. Queste esperienze sono sintetizzate nel n° 84 del Giornale IUAV che potete scaricare nel post precedente di questo blog.

Dear friends,
the magazine issue about the Erasmus IP experience has been published, and will be sent as soon as possible to the teaching staff and students.
The newspaper is a synthesis and evaluation of Atoms&Bits design experience and the starting point of the second step of our collaboration. This step foresee the enforcement of our network thank to the participation to COST programme and to the IUAV research unity “The new silk road”.
Today the IUAV group is working ot the idea of “new road” connecting the Marghera Fondaco urban system. I’m very interested to know the ideas of our international partners about the next steps of our collaboration.
Thank you at all for the enthusiastic participation in Atoms&Bits experience.

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Watch the IP Erasmus Team, before taking off towards EAST: metabolizing a method, brainstorming, working hard, finalizing, and relaxing.