I’m driven to understand the increasingly urbanized social world around me. What is it about cities that attract more people to live in urban areas than in rural? Is it a city’s ability to provide a mix of old and new, functional and dysfunctional that allows for a metropolis to provide the network of connections that people crave? Nothing excites me more than design, urban neighborhoods and how we relate to our environment. As a pedestrian in the city, I strike up conversations about how we respond and adapt to our urban surroundings. These discussions have developed into a design research methodology using human-centered design for social innovation.If you share an enthusiasm for urban storytelling, please contact me. www.natemahoney.com
M I L A N O ➳ Claudio Marchisio Let the world talk, but Milan is a great Milan. (Giovanni D’Anzi)
Milan loves fast cars and designer clothes. Milan is fast and chaotic, always looking out to America and Asia. Milan is ambitious. But he knows of art, he knows of it, from the statues of the Dome to the singer of La Scala. And he has only one thing to say: “It’s not true that I’m ugly. It’s not true that I’m always covered in fog. It’s not true that I’m cold, and always thinking about money. Who do you take me for? I’m Milan. And I’m as beautiful as the rest of you.”
The continuous monument is a part of history, and being part of history is subject to, critics, obsolescence, reuse and predation. IT IS not democratic but it is an imperial architecture. IT DOES not increase the degree of freedom of the city and its citizens. IT IS not economically sustainable. IT IS neutral from the material point of view. IT IS no longer meaningful: from content signifier becomes emptiness of meaning. IT IS available, for position and modularity, to predation. If the network is the real meaningful infrastructure, the continuous monument as unique architectural system, is obsolete.