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The Interpretation of the Informal City

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dc.contributor.author Quici, Fabio
dc.date.accessioned 2012-01-31T13:31:48Z
dc.date.available 2012-01-31T13:31:48Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.isbn 978-88-87697-57-5
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/153
dc.description.abstract Large conglomerations of informal settlements only superficially appear similar across their various metropolitan contexts. In reality they reflect local conditions relating to different social structures and specific cultural habits. Similar formal solutions, unwittingly shared, are the ultimate articulation and the embodiment of the primary need to provide shelter and the desire to give form to an expression of one’s individuality, of one’s own sense of belonging to a house and a territory, and consequently to the fundamental need to identify with one’s formal results. In the favelas, in the townships, in the viviendas informales, only when the initial dismay has been overcome and after the architect-anthropologist has trained his eye to recognize recurring differences and constants, can one verify that those spontaneous built-up areas are not the result of a mere refusal of conventional norms, or the product of a lack of observance of laws. They are, instead, as has been revealed in the analyses of chaotic phenomena, the manifestation of ‘a higher order’ which is waiting to be fully understood. The informality is the result of an adaptive attitude which accepts the lack of a far-sighted planning and understands surprise and casualness as inevitable and important elements of life. The case-study to be examined here in particular is that of the city of Bogotà (Colombia) en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Università Iuav di Venezia en_US
dc.subject informal,city,suburbs,urban,urban design,interpretation, Community,Acknowledgment en_US
dc.title The Interpretation of the Informal City en_US
dc.title.alternative In: My Ideal City. Scenarios for the European City of the 3rd Millennium en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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