Gallarati Architetti presenta il progetto editoriale "The London Square Recovered. A practical guide to London´s existing and future squares" all´interno della Fiera Internazionale di Arte Contemporanea ARTROOMS 2015, al Melià White House Hotel di Londra, tra il 24 e il 26 Gennaio 2015. Di seguito la sintesi della proposta.
London is entering a period of almost unprecedented house-building. This has led to many debates about what form new developments should take. Many community groups and professionals are worried that new developments are based on too many very big or very tall buildings and insufficiently respect the London vernacular of streets and squares.
In that context, we are preparing a new book which would provide designers, planners, architects and developers in London and beyond with a practical guide to the historic squares of London. This would leave them not just better informed but also better equipped to emulate, re-interpret and respond to one of London’s best loved and most-quintessential features.
A town’s character is due to the nature of its urban fabric more than to any single building or monument. Famous landmarks are important, of course. They accentuate the individuality of a single town or city. But they are not enough, alone, to guarantee the quality of an urban environment.
What is more, every town has several different urban fabrics, each with its own specific character, which distinguishes it from the others even if all, ultimately, are different components of the same city.
Which are the common features connecting such apparently different forms? And how can we learn from the past in order to create a more liveable built environment, in coherence with the past and without interrupting but even promoting its further development?
Building on the interim work on London squares which Gallarati Architetti have been developing in the last few years, this guide would show how planned urban fabrics created by private landowners and speculative builders working within a statutory design code can achieve that most eternally popular of forms - the London Square.