From the City as Forest to Forest-City

  • Michele Caja Polytechnic of Milano
Keywords: city, landscape, renaturalization

Abstract

The relationship between city, architecture and nature dates back to the idea of city set up by the Enlightenment. A new idea of city surrounded by nature would had replace the compactness of the Baroque urban structure. From Laugier’s idea of city as a forest to the development of new urban prototypes represented within an idealized natural context, as in the drawings of Boullèe and Ledoux, emerges the search for new architectural and urban models alternative to the consolidated city. The contribution analyzes how this idea of city survived until modern times and how today seems to have come back to topicality in an attempt to re-naturalize the city.

Author Biography

Michele Caja, Polytechnic of Milano

Architect, PhD, he is Associate Professor in Architectural and Urban Composition at the AbC Department. He has also taught in the following Universities: ETH Zürich; Aldo Rossi Cesena Faculty; FHP Potsdam.
E-mail: michele.caja@polimi.it

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La Forest City a Liuzhou (credit: Boeri studio)
Published
2017-12-30
How to Cite
Caja, M. (2017) “From the City as Forest to Forest-City”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 2(online), pp. 89-94. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/2122017.
Section
Architecture
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