Winy Maas: Everything is Urbanism

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Our planet is subject to dramatic climate change, which requires all of us to speed up action in order to save it. But we are so slow.

The depletion of natural resources is accelerating tremendously. Huge income disparities are creating enormous social tensions. Moving populations demand action. Rampant desertification demands forests. Exponential population growth requires more products, more food, more oxygen, more energy, more water, better waste treatment.

We need an agenda for change to be implemented. Now! This will form the future city.

Domus ‘19 will be dedicated to the future city. As a piece of research journalism, it will fathom the unknown and the way it is unfolding. How can we accommodate the future?

How to facilitate the unexpected?

All ten issues will make up a volume of over 1,000 pages with different rhythms, ending with calculations, evaluations and research sources, and forming a sequence from page 0 to +1,000 in 10 months. These issues will encompass and celebrate time, illustrate events, evolve and evaluate. They will represent the evolutionary city of 2019.

Domus ‘19 will give a voice to those who make the city: the urbanists, the landscape architects, the architects, the designers, the artists, the developers, the investors, the mayors, the residents, the users, the scholars, the critics.

Domus ‘19 will ask them about the future and how they envision it. Can our cities be more responsible? More open? More curious? Can they be fearless and experimental?

Can they be truly green? Can they be human, social, intimate, accessible, democratic, free, adaptable, heterogeneous, welcoming? Can they be diverse? And can they be lovely, beautiful and exciting? In short: Can they be wonderful?

This is my bucket list. It regards all levels, all scales. It goes from XXS to XXL and vice versa: better materials, better toilets, better facades, better houses, better cities and a better world. It goes from mass-produced cars and bricks to roads and infrastructure. It includes nanomaterials and large-scale planning. Even the smallest element helps. All these make up our next cities.

Originally published in Domus
26 November 2018

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