22.10.2015 / 25.10.2015 / Florence
The Cities where we live have many common characteristics. There are issues repeated on both local and global scales, and solutions often found based on repeatable models. Some central topics can help to forecast the future scenarios of our cities, like the constant investigation of new sustainable models based on participation, the improvement of technologies, and the emergence of new policies which aim at re-use and re-activate the un-used urban space – the latter itself intended as a renewable source of opportunities to improve the quality of cities and the lives of their inhabitants. Today, more than ever, we are discovering a sense of collectiveness that is bringing a new consciousness to the spaces that belong to us: OurCites.
The project OurCities represents an experiment of collaborative curatorship involving the selection of 14 international architects. Each have been asked to answer three questions. Their contribution is included on this website, with the main goal to build a new open tool that will grow in the coming months with contributions from many other experts in different fields.
The three questions: #, professions, tools
What are the keywords to define OurCities and foresee future scenarios?
Each selected participant has provided ten “hashtags” followed by a definition. The main objective is to build an open vocabulary of terms related to the contemporary city and its future. The vocabulary of terms becomes an open tool to read and better understand OurCities.
Which professions are/will be crucial to change and improve the quality of OurCities?
Beyond architects, there are other experts with central roles in developing a process related to the contemporary city. Each participant has suggested three different professions: some of them already exist, some others are fictional, such as administrators, politicians, programmers, lawyers, citizens, designers… Who are the new protagonists of the contemporary city and what are their skills?
What are the tools to understand, improve and anticipate the future of OurCities?
There are many tools to improve the conditions of the contemporary city, some of them traditional, such as involving citizens in a process of participation (like an open call), others are related to technologies and internet, while others are still experimental and open.