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Urban Lovers
NEWS-LETTER
by

A Vision of Europe
in collaboration with
CIVICARCH - University of Ferrara

2014 / X

Dédié à tous ceux qui habitent et aiment la Ville Traditionelle.
La Ville Traditionelle du Passé, la Ville Traditionelle du Present, et, surtout, la Ville Traditionelle du Futur.

Dédié à tous ceux qui aiment se promener à travers le réseau de rues et de places qui font de la Ville Traditionelle un lieu unique à partager.

Dédié à tous ceux qui aiment prendre un verre ou bien un cappuccino dans un café à l'interieur d'un contexte urbain. Dédié à tous ceux qui aiment aller à pied au théâtre ou au cinema, et diner après avec des amis dans un restaurant à côté.

Dédié à tous ceux qui préferent habiter une maison de ville ou bien un immeuble urbain tout en juissant de la richesse de la rue publique et, en même temps, du calme de la cour interieure.

Dédié à tous ceux qui préferent amener à pied leurs enfants à l'école du quartier. A' tous ceux qui préferent faire leurs courses dans les commerces du quartier, soit dans les boutiques soit dans les superettes.

Dédié à tous ceux qui préferent travailler à une distance pietonnière de la maison. Et dédié à tous ceux qui aimerent bien pouvoir faire ça!

URBANLOVERS NEWSLETTER est conçue pour offrir des informations sur les événements, les projets, les concours, et les livres sur le monde urbain.

URBANLOVERS NEWSLETTER va essayer d'aider la diffusion de la culture urbaine à travers la publication de toutes les experiences qui peuvent renforcer la condition de la Ville Traditionelle en tant que la forme d'habitat la plus seduisante et efficiente.

URBANLOVERS NEWSLETTER va chercher à ressembler les citoyes, les promoteurs, les administrateurs publiques et privés, les elus, mais aussi les architectes, les urbanistes, les ingenieurs, et tous les acteurs de la scene urbaine, pour un nouvel effort vers la condivision des informations et des experiences de succès qui peuvent contribuer à la construction d'un environment urbain meilleur. 

STOP BANLIEUE.
LE CHANGEMENT EST
MAINTENANT VERS L'URBAIN !

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Dedicated to all those who live and love the Traditional City.
The Traditional City of the Past, the Traditional City of the Present, and, expecially, the Traditional City of the Future.

Dedicated to all those who love strolling through the network of streets and plazas that make the Traditional City a unique place to experience.

Dedicated to all those who love having a drink or a cappuccino in a café within an urban context. To all those who love going to the theatre or to the cinema by walk, and then having dinner with friends in a nearby restaurant.
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Dedicated to all those who prefer living in a townhouse or in an urban condominium, both enjoying the richness of the public street and the calm of the inner courtyard.

Dedicated to all those who prefer taking their kids to school at a walking distance. To all those who choose urban shops, markets or supermarkets.

Dedicated to all those who prefer to work at a walking distance from home, and to all those who would like to do so!

URBANLOVERS NEWSLETTER is intended to offer information about events, projects, competitions, books, and exhibition regarding the urban world.

URBANLOVERS NEWSLETTER will help spreading the urban culture by enlightning the positive experiences that reinforce the status of the Traditional City as the most attractive and efficient form of settlement.


URBANLOVERS NEWSLETTER will try to involve citizens, developers, public officials and administrators, as well as architects, townplanners, engineers, and all the actors in the urban set in a new effort to share information and succesful experiences that contribute to the construction of a better urban environment.




STOP SPRAWL:
CHANGE TO URBAN !

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NOUVELLES
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GOOD NEWS..
AGENCY
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I CALZINI SI "RAMMENDANO", LE PERIFERIE SI DEMOLISCONO
SOCKS CAN BE MENDED, SUBURBAN PERIPHERIES HAVE TO BE DEMOLISHED

La strada per risolvere il problema delle periferie sub-urbane ce l’ha indicata chiaramente in questi giorni l’imprenditore Brunello Cucinelli che ha avviato un interessante progetto di demolizione di un’area oggi occupata da capannoni industriali abbandonati in un sistema di tre parchi urbani di complessivi 11 ettari.

Le periferie sub-urbane vanno demolite e ricostruite, non rammendate.

Infatti, le periferie non sono “brutte” e invivibili perché abitate da gente strana. Le periferie sub-urbane sono “brutte” e invivibili perché sono state concepite male, sono state progettate male. 
L’errore delle periferie non sta né nella gente che le abita, né nella realizzazione mal eseguita.

E il problema delle periferie non sta neppure nell’essere, per definizione, lontane dal centro. Esistono ottimi quartieri urbani che sono stati costruiti anche nel XX secolo lontani dal centro. La cosiddetta periferia storica, quella costruita in Italia dopo l’Unità è piena di ottimi quartieri urbani riconosciuti dalla gente che li abita e dai valori de mercato immobiliare.

No, il problema delle periferie sub-urbane sta nella loro concezione, nel loro progetto. Le periferie sub-urbane sono state concepite negli anni 20 del secolo passato. Sono state concepite come parte integrante dell’ideologia moderrnista che ambiva, come le contemporanee ideologie totalitarie -Comunismo, Fascismo, Nazional-Socialismo- a costruire un “uomo nuovo” e un “ambiente nuovo”, entrambi radicalmente antitetici all’uomo e alla città.
Mentre in Russia e in Germania si pianificavano e si realizzavano campi di concentramento sotto forma di Gulag e Lager, nel mondo dell’architettura si affermava la “sperimentazione” di un modello di abitare che contrastava completamente con l’ambiente della città tradizionale.

Mentre la città tradizionale è fatta di strade piene di negozi, piazze ricche di vita sociale, isolati urbani con corti dove i bambini possono giocare tranquillamente.

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New Blocks, New Neighborhoods, New Cities are to demonstrate it. New Books, New websites, New Exhibitions and New Conference are testifying it. Hundreds of demolitions (under silence by all medias) admit the errors of the recent past. The funzionalist brainwashing to which generations of architects have been subordinates in the Universities of all Europe is exhausting its fuel: today the possibility "to choose" THE URBAN WORLD really exists.

An Urban Renaissance which is introduced in opposition to the sprawl of "modern" periphery left to us in inheritance from the past century. The images of the Rebirth pass from the extraordinary experience of the reconstruction of Bruxelles capital city of European Union, to the recent experiences of ri-urbanization of the periphery of Paris (as Le Ville du Plessis Robinson).

Today a massive return towards solutions of good sense still exists, according to the philosophy of A Vision of Europe network, and with the current of New Urbanism.


LE PLESSIS ROBINSON Before - after / Prima - dopo

 LA PROCHAINE VILLE..

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THE NEXT CITY..
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LEARNING FROM STAR WARS: THE NEXT CITY WILL BE CLASSICAL
Theed, capital city of Naboo
Theed, capital city of Naboo
Theed, capital city of Naboo
Theed, capital city of Naboo
Theed, capital city of Naboo

L'ECHEC..
DU MOIS..

THE FAILURE..
OF THE MONTH
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Bologna - cantiere interrotto all'ex mercato ortofrutticolo

Sono ore cruciali, al Navile, per la conversione dell’ex Mercato Ortofrutticolo. Fermi i cantieri, con cento lavoratori in cassa integrazione o spostati altrove. «Ragionevolmente ottimiste», però, le ditte di costruzione, che a giorni si possa raggiungere un accordo con le banche per far ripartire i lavori: senza questa intesa, rischia di impantanarsi tutto.Poi, il Comune frena le richieste dei costruttori e dice «che non ci sono certezze. Non c’è nessun piano B». E ancora, c’è la rabbia dei futuri residenti. «Molti di noi hanno già venduto casa, disdettato contratti di locazione, acquistato arredamento, disinvestito risparmi — dicono —. Evitiamo che Trilogia Navile diventi un altro esempio di urbanistica incompiuta. Tutti facciano la loro parte per risolvere la situazione».
Attorno ai cantieri per la conversione dell’ex Mercato Ortofrutticolo, Bologna si gioca una parte importante del proprio futuro urbanistico. Un intervento rallentato dal crollo del mercato immobiliare e messo ulteriormente in crisi in queste settimane dalla messa in liquidazione volontaria della Valdadige costruzioni.

LE FILM..
DU MOIS
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THE FILM..
OF THE MONTH..

MEDIANERAS
Medianeras (Sidewalls) by the Argentine Gustavo Taretto, is a comic and rather touching lesson on that deadly proxy for life — virtual reality.

The film opens with a metaphoric view of the urban mishmash of downtown Buenos Aires: the city that planning forgot, which “turns its back on the river” and where a single storey building can abut a multi-storey apartment block, and often does. The blank sidewalls which result from the towering disparity in height are the usually windowless medianeras of the title, a featureless plane but for directions to supermarkets or product advertisements. Life in these blocks is frequently a shoebox existence which tends to get worse the further you get from the “alpha” end of the “bet”. (  CONTINUE... )

VILLES..
SANS GRATTECIELS
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CITIES WITHOUT..
SKYSCRAPERS..

ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND - USA

Low rise, high density

LE PROJET..
DU MOIS
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THE PROJECT..
OF THE MONTH..

CONSTITUTIONAL COURT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION
THE SUPREME COURT AND HIGHER ARBITRATION COURTS
architect Maxim Atayants

design competition for the new judicial quarter on the banks of the Neva: 1st prize







While a vast and multifacted state, the Soviet Union was nonetheless one in which power was highly centralised, not just within one city — Moscow — but even within one complex of buildings, the Kremlin. For the past fourteen years, however, a St Petersburg boy — Vladimir Putin — has been the man at the helm of the ship of state, and while Moscow is still the top dog St Petersburg is increasingly stealing the limelight. The number of commercial bodies several subsidiaries of Gazprom, for example moving from Moscow to St Petersburg is growing, and even a few government departments and other entities have moved back to the old imperial capital.
Among these is the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, which transferred to the old Senate and Synod buildings in St Petersburg in 2008. The Supreme Court and Higher Arbitration Courts have yet to make the move, however, and a scheme by architect Maxim Atayants has been chosen as the winner of the design competition for the new judicial quarter on the banks of the Neva.


Far be it from me to endorse anything proposed by the regime of Vladimir Putin, but permit me to embrace the classical judicial complex to be built in St. Petersburg. As the blogger Andrew Cusack points out, the Russian architect Maxim Atayants has won a competition to build a new judicial complex in the old czarist capital, where the state judiciary will relocate from Moscow. Whether the entire complex, illustrated extensively here, gets built, especially with energy prices swooning, the aspiration voiced by Atayants’s victory in the design competition speaks volumes – good news in a country where a lot of bad is going on (invading neighbors, suppressing its own citizens’ rights, etc.).

Discerning readers will have noticed that the formulation of the first sentence above resembles that of the first sentence in my recent post on Xi Jinping’s denunciation of “weird” architecture in China. One need not jump on board the regrettable bandwagon of authoritarian rule to feel a thrill up one’s leg at the notion that the world’s two leading nondemocratic powers are itching to shuck off modernism. Of course, Xi’s remarks and Atayants’s victory do not mean that modernism has been dethroned. Far from it.

Yet more classical architecture is being built on a grand scale in Russia, its former republics, and in China than in America, Europe or other parts of the world. Often the design quality leaves much to be desired, and one wonders, with Jane Jacobs, whether these grand assemblages of classical confections will work any better than the Radiant City type. (We know they will look better, at least.) Still, the rejection of modernism cannot come fast enough, and one wallows with delight at every hint of it, even if a return to tradition proceeds haltingly in its wake.

LA CARTE POSTALE..
DU MOIS..

THE POSTCARD..
OF THE MONTH..

Greetings from:
NUREMBERG CHRISTMAS MARKET

LE STADE URBAIN..
DU MOIS..

THE URBAN STADIUM..
OF THE MONTH..

BUSCH STADIUM
250 Stadium Plz
Saint Louis, MO 63102

The new Busch Stadium opened in St. Louis in April of 2006 as a retro-homage to old-time baseball. The stadium has a seating capacity for more than 46,000 fans per game and features an open-air design, allowing fans to have a panoramic view of the downtown St. Louis area, and a great view of the game from nearly every seat in the house.
bush stadium
bush stadium
bush stadium

BONJOUR..
TRISTESSE..

BONJOUR..
TRISTESSE..

 
 

LE MONDE..
CLASSIQUE..

THE CLASSICAL..

WORLD..

Follow David Napolitano on his lectures on traditional architecture


LA PEINTURE URBAINE..
DU MOIS
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THE URBAN PAINTING..
OF THE MONTH..

CHRISTMAS TREE SELLERS
David Jacob Jacobson
(German painter, 1818–1891)


David Jacob Jacobson, Christmas tree sellers (German painter, 1818–1891)

LE VIRUS..
DU MOIS
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THE VIRUS..
OF THE MONTH..

MADRID SUBURBS


NEW URBANISM CHECK-LIST:
Walkability: 0 | Connectivity: 0 | Mixed-Use & Diversity: 0
Mixed Housing: 0
Quality Architecture & Urban Design: 0
 Neighborhood Structure: 0 | Density: 0
Smart Transportation: 0 | Sustainability: 0 | Quality of Life: 0

LA DÉMOLITION..
DU MOIS..

THE DEMOLITION..
OF THE MONTH..

ALIMURI DEMOLITION DAY
Italy - 2014, November 30th

The demolition of '' Alimuri’s echo-monster", an abandoned hotel facing Alimuri -a bay of a very high landscape value close to Sorrento- took place on november 30th 2014 after nearly fifty years since the start of construction.


LA VITRINE..
DU MOIS..

THE SHOP WINDOW..
OF THE MONTH..

TUCHLAUBEN STRAßE
Vienna, Austria

CHEFS-D'ŒUVRE..
DU XXe SIECLE..

MASTERPIECES OF 20th..
CENTURY ARCHITECTURE..

GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL
New York City

Grand Central Terminal was built to house Cornelius Vanderbilt's railroad network, consolidated in the late 19th century as New York Central. It replaced John B. Snook and Isaac Buckout's Second Empire style 42nd Street Terminal, an iron and glass train shed built between 1869 and 71 (which had supplanted New York's first Madison Square train shed and terminal at Madison Square). A massive track fire caused by the collision of two trains in 1902 prompted the decision to electrify the train lines. The smoky, sooty train tracks running down the center of Fourth Avenue were covered, creating what we know today as Park Avenue North. By the 1920s, the avenue was transformed from a eyesore lined with tenements and factories into a boulevard of luxury apartment buildings. By the 1950s, lower Park Avenue North had become one of the most sought-after commercial districts in the city.
Founded to oversee the station's replaning, the Grand Central Corporation envisioned the project as "Terminal City"-- a multi-lot development linking the new station with hotels, apartments, and office buildings running along 42nd Street and up Park Avenue. This plan, often described as a "city within a city" can be understood as the precursor to ideas explored later at Rockefeller Center.

The 1903 competition brief also called for linking the station with the new subway system [1904]. For the station itself, the brief specified distinct departure areas for commuter and long distance trains, a main circulation concourse, a subsidiary ticketing space and waiting rooms. Furthermore, it required that Park Avenue traffic should circulate around the station.
Ultimately, this brief reflected a new and innovative appreciation of the urban character and the changing needs of a booming metropolis. Reed & Stem--a firm with strong engineering capabilities--won out over architects like McKim Mead & White and Daniel Burnham for the commission. They were ultimately responsible for functional aspects of the design. To their consternation, the Vanderbilts added the firm of their Beaux Arts-trained cousin, Whitney Warren, to the team. Warren & Wetmore were responsible for the aesthetics of the station.

Reed & Stem's station was conceived first as a system of efficient circulation between the city's streets, trains, subways, the 'El' and adjacent buildings. A viaduct encircling the station [1919-29] links Park Avenue North and South. Suburban and long haul trains are isolated on two separate levels of tracks. Multi-level circulation ramps replace stairs, facilitating pedestrian traffic through the station. The building is replete with amenities for the traveler--commercial establishments, a police station, changing rooms, private offices and apartments. The station still functions well, despite subsequent rearrangements and a dramatic increase in traffic.
Modeled on Roman imperial baths, Warren & Wetmore's Beaux Arts architectural design is, in effect, a surface dressing for this masterful circulation plan. The monumental main concourse [1903-13] is capped by a vaulted plaster ceiling suspended from a steel substructure. Thermal windows bring light into the concourse and serve as hallways linking to office spaces at the concourse's four corners. Guastavino vaults grace portions of the broad, shallow lower level. Acorns and oak leaves--both symbols of the Vanderbilt family--adorn the interior.

Outside, the limestone-clad station's southern facade has the grand scale of the interior. Modeled on a Roman triumphal arch, the facade symbolizes the triumph of the railroad. It was also envisioned as a gateway to the city, then located primarily to the station's south. Jules Coutan's central sculptural group depicts Mercury (the god of commerce) supported by Minerva and Hercules (representing mental and moral strength). After the original Pennsylvania Station was demolished in 1963, Grand Central Terminal was landmarked. This innovative complex, integrating the train system with an intricate web of urban conditions, will be preserved for the enjoyment of future generations.

 LA PUBLICITE..
DU MOIS..

THE ADVERTISING..
OF THE MONTH..

Omega Watches chooses traditional

by Luca Albanese & Francesco Taddeucci
for Tax Free directed by Franco Tassi in collaboration with Andrea Gasparo.

LE LIVRE..
DU MOIS..

THE BOOK..
OF THE MONTH..

PARADISE PLANNED
by Robert Robert A.M. Stern

The new book, Paradise Planned: The Garden Suburb and the Modern City, by Robert A.M. Stern, David Fishman, and Jacob Tilove cannot be taken lightly in any way. Weighing in at 1,003 pages, with over 3,000 illustrations, it is a largely successful and inspiring attempt of an encyclopedic history of the “garden city.”

The idea of the garden city can mostly be credited to Ebenezer Howard, who popularized the concept as a means of confronting the new deleterious urban realities of late 19th century industrial England- overcrowding, pollution, disease, and relentless, expediently developed tenements that gave the workers little access to nature or civic space.

Howard is certainly given his due in the book, as well as the most prolific and persuasive of his follower, Raymond Unwin (Hampstead, Letchworth, etc.) . But the authors set the stage for the garden city movement first in the origins of the suburb, in particular Regent’s Development in London (1811-1832), and in cross-Atlantic incarnations like Llewelln Park in New Jersey (1853) or Olmstead’s Riverside (1869).

LE CLIP..
DU MOIS..

THE CLIP..
OF THE MONTH..

Sainsbury's OFFICIAL Christmas 2014

Presenting the new Sainsbury’s Christmas advert. Made in partnership with The Royal British Legion. Inspired by real events from 100 years ago.

LA CONFERENCE.
DU MOIS..

THE CONFERENCE..
OF THE MONTH..

 
 

L'EXPOSITION.
DU MOIS..

THE EXHIBITION..
OF THE MONTH..

125 years of the death of van Gogh.
The foundation has a program in many EU countries starting from January 2015:


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Merry Christmas


And very happy 

New Year
 
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