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Infra Eco Logi Urbanism : A Project for the Great Lakes Megaregion (Paperback) (Geoffrrey Thu00fcn &
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Infra Eco Logi Urbanism: A Project for the Great Lakes Megaregion is a single project monograph that assembles a multi-faceted investigation into, and design of, possible urban futures for the Great Lakes Megaregion, undertaken byRVTR Research Vision Transformation Realization. Network and assemblage-based analyses are coupled with regional history and with an agenda for an alternative geopolitical economy, which produces and is produced by the design of new urban infrastructures and architectures.
The new book posits a manifesto for architecture at the scale of megaregions. A projected future development for the Great Lakes Megaregion of North America is the situational subject within which speculative design work, utilizing tools of urban analysis and formal intervention, aims to reconceptualize future boundaries, governance, politics, economies and public architecture. This work is based in the proposition that by investigating interdependent agents, material flows and policies, and by focusing on what has been considered the "back of house" activities of cities and their support systems—infrastructures, logistics and ecologies – designers can conceive new distributed urban architectures, within the center and the periphery, that have the potential to actively transform the future of cities, settlement patterns and metropolitan life. Both the form and content of the book allege an urban design practice that is not about a singular vision or a grand scheme, rather, proposed is an assemblage of reciprocal relations nested at micro and macro scales of both time and space.
The text is illustrated with around 100 color and halftone images, visualizations and graphics. The book also features a prologue situating the historical development of the region around transportation by Robert Fishman, professor of architecture and urban and regional planning at Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, and an epilogue by John McMorrough, associate professor of architecture at Taubman College, investigating possible future worlds, utopias, and the question of “what if”? within the context of the specific project and more broadly the practice of design-research.
RVTR is a design research practice with studios based in Toronto, Ontario and Ann Arbor, Michigan. Our work operates across scales to position design as an active agent in continually evolving ecologies. Our projects range from the visioning of the urban future of regional territories, to high performance building design, to prototype-based research in responsive envelope systems and to digitally crafted objects. These operational scales are tied together through a methodology that entails a systems based approach: one that assembles around each project a multiplicity of agents, forces and contexts and that actively leverages these multivalent and sometime
The culmination of a recent project by the Canadian design firm RVTR, Infra Eco Logi Urbanismconsiders the role of design in shaping the future of the Great Lakes Megaregion. In order to envision the kinds of systems that could best serve a cluster of cities in an age of renewable energy, increasing mobility, and continued urban growth, the project assembles regional maps, design propositions, photographs, related architectural projects, and critical writings, all of which explore the region?s key challenges. Rounding out the volume is a foreword that explores the role of transportation infrastructure in the development of the region and an afterword that situates this project within the broader architectural project of investigating possible future worlds.
Published to accompany an exhibition that will travel to the Yale School of Architecture and the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning in 2014,Infra Eco Logi Urbanism provides a much-needed look at possible urban and architectural futures in a post-metropolitan world.