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Guerrucci, F. DUBAI’S HYDRODYSTROPHIES. In: blue in architecture09 _ symposium proceedings. Università Iuav di Venezia. ISBN 978-88-87697-650

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Water is everywhere. There are bodies of water, such as lakes, rivers, seas and oceans. Water is also under the ground, in aquifers, underground rivers, the water table, and moisture content. Water is also in the air, as humidity, clouds, rain, sleet, snow, etc. Where the water is located, the physical state it occupies, and how it moves or flows from one place to another, or one state to another, also influences human habitations, activities, economies, etc. Nevertheless, today nobody knows where, in which way, since when, aqueduct carries water to the city; nobody knows the exact line’s positions and only few people know where the vital fluid comes from. Paradoxically, moreover, while the city explodes, pulls up, slows down, bursts and collapses, producing restless hydrodystrophy, the Architecture confusingly speaks about hydro-landscapes: water like of the inexhaustible supply for metropolitan comforts, water pressurized in tightest holes and celebrated at the tops of Manhattan, till discussing about water like an acid fluid, destructive, cause of desertification, than make fear, sails flares and reveals confusions. A “variegated boredom” of architectonic images, where variety is trivialized so much to become boring. “Knowledge makes us play safe”, wrote, ironically, Paul Ander. Now that the city’s knowledge follows the technological awareness since centuries and left the practical experience, for Architecture is difficult to leave the contemporary certainties, if also confused, not transparent and corrupts. But it’s the difficult way that makes the change essential. Before the dissalation, depuration, distribution etc, we have to think about what we are losing. We can take, as case study, the desert’s oases: fruits of the symbiosis between human settlement and Nature. How and where were they constructed? How were they able to survive for thousands years in the more barren and inhospitable country, in a place where “there’s no water”? Or at least, as we thought. According to which vital flow? Did they know the dissalation? Did they try to reach out water like parasites, or did they make part of an ecosystem? Was the concept of waste existed? “Start taking bad decision and it will take you to place where others only dream to being”. (Paul Arden, in Whatever you think, think the opposite, Editions Penguin Book, New York 2006, p. 23). Going deep into Tradition’s Knowledge’s that for thousand years glorified the amphibious nature of the city, does not mean to come back. The Tradition is waiting for be re-elected in a new age. Few centuries of technological knowledge, that make improvement, cannot delete thousands logical acquaintances of increase and evolution, based on the Performance of the water resource that it’s able to make the man free to fluctuate physically and intellectually in the planet and the space.

Tipologia del documento:Estratto da libro
Parole chiave:Adaptation, Al Falaj, amphibious, atrophy, Bali, captation, Chinampas, Mexico City, colonization, condensation, dissalation, Dubai, fluctuation, freedom, gallons, garden, hidden precipitation, hydrodystrophy, hydrogenesis, landscape, Nature, new, oasis, palm grove, paradox, parasites, percolation, Tradition, Technology, Texcoco lake, urban ecosystem, virtuous cycle, Vision.
Soggetti:Area 08 - Ingegneria civile e Architettura > ICAR/14 Composizione architettonica e urbana
Struttura:Facoltà > Far Architettura > Lauree specialistiche > Architettura per la sostenibilita
Codice ID:322
Depositato da :Benno Albrecht
Depositato il :01 Dic 2011 12:59
Ultima modifica:01 Dic 2011 12:59

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