Can Our [New] Cities Survive?




Smart City, Historical City, Automatic House, CIAM, House of the Future, Gentrification, Jane Jacobs, Reyner Banham, Bernard Rudofsky


The developmental growth of home-improving devices and equipment has ceaselessly progressed from the Industrial Revolution until the present day. From heating systems to lighting equipment and air conditioning, we have now reached the Smart house age. However, in order to be efficient, such a kind of home demands a new city: A Smart City, with devices, networks, and infrastructures that would be fundamental requisites for its functioning. That is why the ancient cities, on the way to becoming an inconvenience for the development of the brand-new ones, are going to find their place in a desert, in a "tabula rasa" devoid of relics, ruins, and debris of their history. This contribution investigates the challenges that architects must put forth in trying to overcome such a condition of exclusion from the process of building a new human landscape.




How to Cite

Rossi, U. (2022). Can Our [New] Cities Survive?. Journal of Mediterranean Cities, 2(1), 1–14.