Ragged old man

Ragged old man by DekinaiKa
Ragged old man, a photo by DekinaiKa on Flickr.

I realized that modernist architecture is not the only truly functional way to go for contemporary cities. The Architecture of the City by Aldo Rossi is seriously a mind opening book. Maybe before I would have never considered this kind of ideas, preservationist and old. Countries like Italy to me seem to survive based on fixing and repairing and maintaining their old heritage buildings instead of allowing projects like Milan's City Life or Garibaldi-Reppublica to be something more than what they will be. Maybe that's a start. Now I understand we can't expect all this old buildings to give pass to new eras and new generations just because, we must still appreciate how a church's square can still be a social place for the youth after so many hundredths of years like Colonne di San Lorenzo. The uses and specially the mis-uses of spaces by the people who actually live the city is what interest me more. Finding a balance between keeping the old and building the new.

This pictura has nothing to do about this, might seem, but it was taken in Mantova on a school field trip where we have a project of rebuilding, re-imagining, a whole residential block. Realizing the importance of a urban artifact and being respectful to the context of the building without losing innovation will be quite a challenge. Until next time, thanks for reading.

-R.