Urban Porosity Patterns for Exchange in the City: the case of Europan

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The author of this article develops an Urban Porosity Pattern Matrix through which he studies how urban design projects relate Public Agents (catalysts for public flows) with Urban Interfaces (multiscalar perimeters-edges of urban patches and enclaves), through an urban actors’ filter, to envision a porous connective urban environment. In fact, the analysis focuses on the passage from the Europan ideas competition stage to that of implementation. (European Urban Design/Architecture Competition for young professionals). More precisely, the Urban Porosity Pattern Matrix establishes a reading of Europan winning projects under implementation and demonstrates through their mutation, the tolerance of the projects’ actors to urban porosity. The author participated in several Europan activities regarding the concept of urban porosity: working on the actual sub-theme of the competition (member of Europan Scientific Committee), writing an article for the catalogue of Europan implementations, (“Welcome back in my back yard: an exploration of urban porosity”, 2012) and animating a debate in the Europan 11 Forum of Results in May 2012 in Vienna, (“Creating Urban Fluidity through a porous urban fabric”). Through this article, he links the Europan urban design processes with the problematics in regards to Urban Design Quality and its Social Dimension, mainly how urban design could overcome the fragmentary social pressures and the withdrawal from public space.
Book of proceedings: Annual AESOP Congress, Definite Space – Fuzzy Responsibility, Prague, 13-16th July, 2015
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