How to intervene in
megacities? Which are the conditions imposed by the inform and generic character
of these new spatialities for any intervention project? It is now impossible to
operate only with historical references, specific sites and particular forms of
social occupation. Interventions will happen in situations without neither clear
contours nor limits, where there is not distinction between interior and exterior,
local and global. Necessarily dealing with the complexity of the urbanistic processes
in course, the constructions porous character, the traffic intersections, and
the landscape indistinction. Inform configurations that dont allow interventions
to be carried through as sculptural objects placed in the space.
In which measure the territorial extension
can determine the interventions strategies and aesthetics procedures? How can
they be articulated? Which mapping will appear from these interventions? How this
can determine the interventions apprehension and the reading of the area? The
interventions will be spread over an area without any continuity and articulation:
it is impossible to aim at a full apprehension of the whole region.
The proposed frame within the region
already indicates a position taking: the urban area dimensions to be worked exclude,
by definition, all strategy that only implies a local approach to the situations.
Any intervention, if taken separately, would be lost in the extreme complexity
of this urban system. Also the selected places do not allow, because of its tensions
and deconfiguration, conventional aesthetic approaches of sculptoric character.
The relations that the interventions can establish _ with the built, the immediate
urban environment and the region, inserted in urbanistic processes of metropolitan
and global character _ are in the core of Arte/Cidade .
It is not the case, therefore, of
a site-specific project. The urban situations are understood as points in a vaster
and complex configuration, a mode to trace new territories. The particular aspects
_ local space organization, history, forms of occupation _ are elements of a larger
and dynamic configuration, that gives to all the situations their essentially
generic and indistinct character, established in its tensions and rearticulations.
It is this dynamics, crossing a devastated land, where multiple reconfigurations
can appear, that Arte/Cidade tries to arise.
In the horizon of Arte/Cidade lays
the possibility of repositioning these vacant lands, sites cut by viaducts, abandoned
railroad patios and slums occupation or informal commerce areas, in vaster and
more complex territories. An strategy based not on space and historical continuity,
on the social and architectural homogeneity, but on the indetermination and dynamics,
the instability of urban configurations in a continuous process of rearticulation.