Re-Defining Urban Living. Design Techniques by Lacaton & Vassal

Published in a+t 45 Design Techniques

February 10, 2016

Re-Defining Urban Living. Design Techniques by Lacaton & Vassal

"The conditions for a city are based on the combination of two objectives: to produce quality of living, situations for a great comfort, and to densify the territory. These ambitions have to remain interdependent and simultaneous. It is no longer possible to claim the evolution of the city without questioning the reasons to live and stay there. Defending the pleasure of living seems for us eminently political today. Spatial generosity is the starting point of a possible social life. To transform the city is first to transform the way we look at it. It means to look at it as a collection of capacities and energies to expand, and not as an inert mass for modeling. It is to think the city as an aggregation of activities and living spaces..."

Text extracted from the article "The city from and by housing" (a+t 45 Design Techniques), where Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal explain the Lacaton & Vassal design techniques. Specifically, those applied in the research A Place for Doing Nothing Yet Everything, at Harvard GSD.

a+t 45 Design Techniques looks at different approaches to the creative moment. Authors such as Lacaton & Vassal, Langarita-Navarro, Momoyo Kaiyima and SO-IL reveal their modus operandi, explain how they tackle the project and discuss motivation, devices, influences, justifications, effects and the origins of their design techniques.

 

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