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Radical Normal: Propositions for the Architecture of the City

Author/EditorVittorio Magnago Lampugnani (Author)
Publisher: DOM Publishers
ISBN: 9783869227016
Pub Date01/07/2021
BindingPaperback
Pages240
Dimensions (mm)230(h) * 210(w)
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The cycle of production and consumption, artificially accelerated by advertising and marketing, has characterized our society for decades. This cycle has recently also taken hold of the architecture of the city, leading to a waste that is both economically and ecologically unacceptable. The destruction of buildings that are not actually obsolete is just as questionable as the production of extravagant architectures for which there is no real need. This book is a protest against the merciless globalization of the city and its dissolution into faceless, inhospitable peripheries. At the same time, it puts forward alternative strategies of urban design that can counteract this globalization and dissolution. It formulates a different approach to urbanism, one which views the city not as a carnivalesque display of vanities but as a sophisticated spatial construction that lays down the conditions for productive, peaceful, and gratifying lives.

The cycle of production and consumption, artificially accelerated by advertising and marketing, has characterized our society for decades. This cycle has recently also taken hold of the architecture of the city, leading to a waste that is both economically and ecologically unacceptable. The destruction of buildings that are not actually obsolete is just as questionable as the production of extravagant architectures for which there is no real need. This book is a protest against the merciless globalization of the city and its dissolution into faceless, inhospitable peripheries. At the same time, it puts forward alternative strategies of urban design that can counteract this globalization and dissolution. It formulates a different approach to urbanism, one which views the city not as a carnivalesque display of vanities but as a sophisticated spatial construction that lays down the conditions for productive, peaceful, and gratifying lives.

Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani (b. 1951 in Rome) studied architecture at the Sapienza University and the University of Stuttgart, where he completed his doctorate in 1977. He was professor of the History of Urban Design at the ETH Zurich from 1994 to 2017, serving also as the dean of the Department of Architecture and director of the Institute of History and Theory of Architecture (gta). Lampugnani has authored a remarkable body of scholarly publications and runs architecture practices in Milan and Zurich.

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