Traditional urban form representations have always testified a way of thinking and designing the city, but nowadays classical representative approaches and modern city metaphors are unable to build with complexity. In fact, there are new models that aim at representing the contemporary urban form. In particular, new metaphors used for the representation of European cities focus on possible relationships between public space and private dimension, leisure places, working and productive areas. So, how can the urban form include contemporary specificity of the built environment? What models are able to represent connections between traditional spaces and urban landscapes? Is it possible to imagine any repercussion between the project of architecture and the form of the city? Can architecture lead to new urban form or communicate contemporary urban paradigms? In this paper, the recent experiences of German city transformations, from post-wall reconstruction proposals to recent cases of shrinkage, are chosen as a case-study for the creation of a new contemporary metaphorical imagery. Through a synthetic reconstruction of the twentieth century metaphors adopted for the description of German cities - from Rudolph Schwarz’s Stadtlandschaft to Oswalt Mathias Ungers Urban archipelago - it is possible to understand contemporary theoretical approaches to urban form and verify recent transformations, observing what the role of the architecture is in these contexts.
|Keywords:||Architecture of the City, Metaphor and Representation, Urban Form, Perforated City, Urban Archipelago, Core City, Oswalt Mathias Ungers, Rudolph Schwarz, Stadtlandschaft, Iba 2010, Urban Shrinkage, Germany|
Ph. D. Candidate, Department Architettura e progetto Diap, Faculty of Architecture, University of Sapienza Rome, Rome, Italy
Phd candidate, Department of Architecture: “Architettura e Progetto. DIAP”, University of Study of Rome, “La Sapienza”, Faculty of Architecture “Ludovico Quaroni”, Rome, Italy, Italy