The #cityoftomorrow should be resilient in the face of the disruptive changes that are occurring. So we are here to offer our professional services to explain the future.
Energy planning as an architectural feature. We need to focus our vision on both aspects: the architecture of a home and its energetic efficiency, to obtain the best benchmarking between performance and environmental integration.
The vision that architects and town planners have of a city has changed rapidly and with a new focus compared to the past. Until a few years ago, cities were seen solely as a succession of layers of its citizens’ main needs, without paying heed to the consequences that these changes would have in ecological and social terms in years to come. We are paying the price now.
In particular the transition from small businesses to heavy industry in the 1960s caught the town planners of a young Italy poorly equipped to interpret the future of these new industrial centres which have become authentic architectural and environmental emergencies.
Today thanks to the technology available to us, we can analyse an enormous amount of data gathered mostly in public spaces, generated by nomadic working as we move from city to city. Nowadays we have the capability to measure and redesign the space we live in both actively and passively.
There are many applications and from an ecological point of view there are two aspects. We can plan systems precisely and in detail, for example optimisation of traffic flow to guarantee free flowing traffic in cities to cut down on emissions, but the other more important aspect is to consider how big data can bring us, as citizens, a greater awareness of what is happening around us. We have a unique opportunity today, perhaps for the first time, to understand better the consequences of our actions and to behave differently, more responsibly.
This is a component of the city of tomorrow, where can express ourselves and to some extent control the strategies from the bottom up and develop our territory as an active part of it.
These three big categories should be applied with a strong interconnection between sustainability, research and empowerment of the capacity to network.
The organisation of these opportunities (necessity vs possibility) in a city in all its forms, should be a tool to forge stronger relationships in society, the economy and the environment.