Metropolitanism, Its Filiations, and Its Consequences

Roberto Pasini*

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By analyzing a series of territorial paradigms proposed by theorists, critics, and designers, this chapter offers a critical overview of the recent transition from metropolitanist to regionalist perspectives over today’s expanded dwelling space in the global debate. The analysis tackles metropolitanist models related to Manhattanism and neo-nomadism with reference to their avant-garde and radical parentages. The text critically investigates models derivative of metropolitanism, such as landscape urbanism, urban age, and post-metropolis, along with models that present themselves as alternative, such as sub-urbanism and mega-regionalism. The text confronts metropolitanist models and their filiations with the principles of the disciplinary refoundation based on the idea of urban space, such as those of Tendenza, and with the traditional constructs of territory and landscape, such as those of the Italian landscape and the trio of natures, which they propose to subvert. The theoretical elaborations of landscape urbanism are then confronted with their geophilosophical references. The text proceeds to observe the process of expansion of the idea of city over the geographic scale. A novel form of expanded urbanity, surfacing from the analysis, finally suggests the opportunity to identify a set of novel attributes relative to the citizenship of the contemporary built/natural continuum. The conclusions identify the idea of a territorial mythology, unawares and fragmentarily building up in the contemporary continuum, as a possible field of future research and design work.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUrban Book Series
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
Number of pages42
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-77887-7
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-77886-0
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

Publication series

NameUrban Book Series
ISSN (Print)2365-757X
ISSN (Electronic)2365-7588

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Toyo Ito’s Pao 1 and Pao 2 dwelling units for the Tokyo Nomad Woman (Ábalos and Herreros 1995, pp. 32–7, 47)4 of 1985 and 1989 respectively, elaborate on the same concept of a molecular metropolitan society where ‘home’ is replaced by ‘pod’. If ‘home’ implies rootedness and place, ‘pod’ recalls a technical support installed on an incidental location. Ito’s paos are ‘anti-homes’ designed for a mutant society. Tokyo woman’s nomadism is supported by light platforms serving dried-up

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019, Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Urban Studies
  • Geography, Planning and Development


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