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2014.10.02

TEXT OF COLBOC FRANZEN & ASSOCIÉS 
PUBLISHED IN THE MONOGRAPH "COLBOC FRANZEN & ASSOCIES, ARQUITECTURA 2004-2014" - TC CUADERNOS EDITIONS




The European city of the 21st century is marked by the phenomenon of "urban sprawl": the city spreads out in a "diffuse" and "generic" shape. Walking these contemporary cities leads one to understand that the antagonism of centre/periphery is no longer a sufficient way of characterizing them. The grouping of these urbanized territories constitutes a constantly shifting subject that is developed and grows, before decaying, dying, and being reborn in a different manner most of the time. This organism in continuous mutation must be understood in a dynamic and relative way.
 
The concepts commonly used to understand and act on the urban subject free them from an often anxious search for an urban apparition, that of the established European historic core. In it, one wants to give shape to "continuity and urban plurality" and pursue the ideas of "durable" and "density". One must not forget that density is quantitative data, a statistical summary of a given population based on a spatial element (length, area or volume) used to break down a population. The desire to see within it the guarantee of whatever urban quality tends to be a preconceived idea. This does not mean that density is the enemy of urban quality, but rather that in no case is it a sufficient guarantee as there is no ideal spatial...

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