About

Infrastructures have always built landscape, from the roman aqueducts to the wind turbines. They build landscape and have a great value because able to represent the community creating them.

João Ribeiro Ferreira Nunes, 2010

urbaninfrascape is an interdisciplinary research that explores the forms, the practices, the senses and the values introduced by Urban Infrastructures in the contemporary landscape.

In order to stay in the world, man needs not only buildings for his activities, but also infrastructural networks of constructions for the production and management of urban resources:

  • Energy;
  • Water;
  • Air;
  • Solid Waste;
  • Food & Animals;
  • Communications;
  • Environmental Monitoring.

urbaninfrascape comes up from a look at the infrastructural systems making humans enable to live in any territory through the management of energy, matter and information. Urban Infrastructures have always been one of the fundamental presence in existential scenery, not only as a tool to amplify human capabilities in order to meet the dwelling needs, but above all as an element loaded with psychological and symbolic meanings, as well as architectural phenomenon that participates in the landscape building.

urbaninfrascape starts a systematic discourse about Urban Infrastructures. The aim is protecting them from the exclusive domain of expertise and stimulating in the architectural culture a dual review of operating modes to build, dwell and think about the “technological landscape”:

  • A theoretic review to give back the dual dignity of technical production and artistic creation, turning every “technological device providing urban services” into “architectural device building landscapes”;
  • A design review to reach an integration between urban needs, community’s well-being (at physiological, psychological, symbolic and expressive level) and territory’s quality (manifested by the environmental, social, cultural and aesthetic characters).

urbaninfrascape explores design strategies to attribute architectural quality to the infrastructural systems in the relationship with the community and the local landscape. This action is explicated by focusing on:

  • MATERIALS: theoretical development of issues through review of related studies and researchs;
  • SCENERIES: recognition of architectural practices through the adoption of some interpretative keys;
  • VIEWS: observation of critical “infrastructural spaces” waiting to become “technological places”;
  • NETWORK: promotion of an interdisciplinary research platform consisting of scholars, centers and research groups, practitioners, organizations and companies interested in the topic.