[uto] Ursula Frick and Thomas Grabner
“Our modern times are unimaginable without planning. The growth of settlements and cities is so tempestuous that a slow process of adaptation is no longer possible. This, therefore, poses the question, whether by means of more adaptable planning theories, processes can be promoted or simulated which, seen as a whole, are ‘more natural’….”
Frei Otto : IL39 – Ungeplante Siedlungen | Non-Planned Settlements, p. 9, Karl Kramer Verlag,
What is the role of planning in the creation of a material-specific, natural form of built development in extreme desert regions? Development of remote, environmentally tempestuous regions demands the consideration of a ‘more natural’ approach to planning, as evoked by Otto. The theory proposed translates the type of generating principles of the natural systems and unplanned settlements invoked by Otto, into a means of generating new forms of emergent development in this highly specific ecological and socioeconomic setting. Within these naturally evolving systems, whether biological, chemical, or physical, a base structural principle becomes the foundation for intelligent pattern generation, a form of self-organization. The result may not be read as typical or predictable, but offers an optimized solution capable of adaptation and growth. Rather than simply mimic the form of such systems, this approach to development and network planning uses foundational principles as a means of generating new, informed patterns of connection and territory.Stuttgart, 1991
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