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Urban Design

Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani
ETH Zürich

Non-contemporary thoughts on a contemporary city

The architecture of a city should not be left to the mercy of the political, social, economic or technological forces that shape it. Rather, it needs to be designed, and to this end it needs first of all an intelligent plan that envisages a mix of different uses, a system of beautiful and varied city spaces, a harmonious blend of urban architectural styles, a respectful dialogue between politics and urban architecture and finally a commitment to change and openness. For every city is so complex and surprising in its social and economic development that it cannot really be planned. But it can be designed. Only then, when it has been designed with competence and insight, will it become a desirable habitat for the people who live there and a part of their identity.

Lecture in German.

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