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A strong author…

In Uncategorized on mayo 25, 2013 at 12:46 pm

A strong authoritarian streak permeates new urbanism. Powerful investors, including a prince, have used new urban approaches to disseminate their personal prescriptions for urban life. Even more influential, though, are the designers (Teitz 1998). Krier (1984a:38–9) wrote, with a flourish and bold capitals, of the need to ‘establish the Authority of Architecture as Art’. The architect has the expertise and vision to set the urban agenda. With new urbanism, ‘architecture regains its traditional stature as the means by which cities are made’ (Scully 1994:225). The era
of patronage when European princes and popes commissioned architects to create culture enjoys a reprise. As Dumreicher et al. (2000:293) say: ‘In spite of the fact that the sustainability design process will require working in a highly interactive way with other professionals and stakeholders, the architect will be located in a more critical position than conventional practice affords.’ New urbanism (re)positions architects/designers in a central place in the process of shaping cities and their culture.

Even Bohl (2000) acknowledges, however, the risk that designers may manipulate the process. They are educating as they are engaging the public, explaining the nature of ‘good design’ and elegant proportions. They have specialized knowledge and insight: expertise provides power. In the charrettes, they hold the drawing tools. They formulate the codes. Their élite values inform the process from start to finish, yet their power remains largely unacknowledged.

Jill Grant, Crtiticando los modelos de Nuevo Urbanismo en “Planning a Good Community”

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