Test of the city: “Paradigmatic alterations” 

If we have to think about a city, it is probably easy for us to generate an image in our mind, because our subconscious mind, loaded with preconceptions, takes refuge in the known to conceive the imaginary. But if to this image, forceful in the volatile, we must give it a meaning, its development vanishes in the difficulty to achieve it. That is why, to specify the city in which we are understood and which direction directs my vision of architecture, it is necessary to conceptualize the city as a series of waves in time, where each architectural element is a curvature in space which oscillates between past, present and future of it.

Los Angeles, United States. © Pawel Nolbert.

Suppose a string of finite size where its ends are controllable. The word “city” will represent random movements. To the X and Z axes we will call them “society” and the tension forces in the Y axis will be called “state”, while the word “field”, understood as absence of city, will be subject to a point or static points in the space.

Ciudad conceptual – Oscilaciones. © Nicolas Giordano.

To begin, we designate the ends of the string as “field”. The result obtained will be a static rope without oscillations and homogeneous character without the presence of a city.
Now suppose a constant “state”, without movements in the Y axis, with movements in the “society” in the X and Z axes, producing a rotation. We will obtain different monotonous cities and without frequency that differ by their amplitude according to the tension of the “state”.
If we propose an absence of changes in the “society” and a “state” that varies its tensions, it will produce constant oscillations with maximum and minimum predictable and repetitive peaks.

Ciudad conceptual – Oscilaciones. © Nicolas Giordano.

In most contemporary cities we see simultaneous variations of all the factors mentioned above, changes in the “state” and in the “society”. As a result, we will obtain discontinuous oscillations that are counteracted between one end and the other, with critical stress points capable of producing breaks in the rope. In this case, there is no homogeneity, but there is no control of events.

Ultimately, let’s call an extreme “field” and the rest will be defined by the “city” oscillations. The event launched will be an oscillation of the string with variations of intensity along its entire length, increasing in its limit tending to “city” and decreasing in its limit tending to “field”. The oscillations can be observed with greater precision and controlled more easily in one of its extremes (field).

Ciudad conceptual – Oscilaciones. © Nicolas Giordano.

If we name “field” to the ends and other points of the rope and assign between each pair of these points “city” oscillations, being all different from each other the events that affect each “city”, we can determine their oscillations and their limits of a controlled and non-homogeneous way. The greater the intensity of the events, the smaller the distance between the “field” points and vice versa.

Ciudad conceptual – Oscilaciones. © Juan Verdaguer Aguerrebehere.

The proposed model makes our current situation evident. This is reflected in the event “city” – “city”, asserting that the positioning in favor of the fragmentation of cities should not fall into the homogeneity of the constant systematic in which a plan can be incurred to carry it out .
Why not think a plan that takes into account all these oscillations without opposing them trying to eliminate the fixed points, without trying to take the “city” to the “field”, or the “field” to the “city”, but merge them generating a whole? Why not break the limits set by cities and think of a more porous, more open city, where you stop thinking about peripheries?

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