defining open vs closed systems

ac + ep + mw / w4 / the open city


Kees Christiaanse on open cities and designing coexistence

“What works is that you carefully analyze what are the forces that produce urban activity, and then you create urban design structures that can function as breeding grounds.  For example, you make a kind of “print plate” on which the urban activity / buildings and amenities can grow, this is also more open ended…   

And it’s definitely so that we cannot do social engineering as architects…  We cannot change society, but we can definitely make structures that stimulate or de-stimulate a productive coexistence.”    Kees Christiaanse   (6:18 – 7:00)

ac + ep + mw / w4 / open cities