Dwelling the technological PRACTICES
Gasometers, water towers, sheds, chimneys, furnaces, wharves and cranes, warehouses, silos, tanks … these big objects, bastions the territories of industrial work until a few years ago, are taking leave of us. […] The future of our brownfields perhaps is the ability to understand and address this multitude of small and medium-sized spreaded forces that constantly changes the space in which we live.
Stefano Boeri, 2011
The uniterrupted techno-scientific growth marks the destiny of urban infrastructures in two ways: when in use, they contain technological practices often isolated from other urban uses, making them inaccessible; when abandoned, they are transformed into “technological junk” abandoned in the landscape. Efficiency and effectiveness only establish their life cycle, although their architectural structure is still suitable for multiple uses in space and time. In the age of the three Rs – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – there is a need for a spatial and temporal multiplicity that allows alternative ways of using urban infrastructures both during and after the initially planned technological practices.
The fourth scenario examines the existing urban infrastructures as a cultural heritage of the future through:
- Integration of technology services with urban functions open to the public, thus encouraging spatial and social relations where possible;
- Conversion of disused facilities for new uses.