DEBATES (PUBLIC SESSIONS)DESIGNING THE FUTURE
Designing With Flows
in collaboration with OVAM
02.02.2017 at 14:00
When designing with flows, the city forms the starting point with its urban metabolism. Analogous to a living organism, the city is regarded as an ecosystem. The city is no longer seen as a static, defined territory, but as a constant flow of goods, capital and people. In a globalised world, this vision can once again count on an increasing interest among scientists, policy makers and designers. There have been numerous studies over the last few years, in which the various flows of material, nutrients, water and other forms of energy that enter and leave the city, are mapped in a mathematical or statistical way. Both metabolism and concept are also the reason to rethink various political, ecological, economic and social systems. On the other hand, the practical application and, in particular, the spatial translation of this concept, is rather limited at present. Several exciting experiments have recently been started in our region, based on a strong belief in the potential of this approach for more circular, inclusive and resilient cities. The key now is to continue to build on the ideas, insights and expertise that have emerged from these experiments. By exchanging knowledge and establishing the agenda for the crucial next steps, together with various parties, we can continue to think ahead in the future, and to design from flows.
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