New Designing Codes for Urban Infrastructures: A Hypothesis of a Transdisciplinary Approach

New Designing Codes for Urban Infrastructures: A Hypothesis of a Transdisciplinary Approach

Filippo Angelucci (Università degli Studi “G. d'Annunzio” di Chieti-Pescara, Italy), Claudia Di Girolamo (Università degli Studi “G. d'Annunzio” di Chieti-Pescara, Italy) and Ester Zazzero (Università degli Studi “G. d'Annunzio” di Chieti-Pescara, Italy)
Copyright: © 2018 |Pages: 29
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3613-0.ch012


This chapter develops the issue of establishing new transdisciplinary codes for the design of urban infrastructure of a grid city. In the networked and systemic vision of a grid city, it is necessary to find a direct connection between three levels of the infrastructural design process that today are separated: the urban design level, the grid design level, and the technical design level. The chapter explores innovative horizons to implement a new multilevel and integrated design code to shift the contemporary urban infrastructural project toward a much more complex system to generate multiple dimensions of urban quality: a system with which to promote the coexistence of different aspects: the infrastructural network design to achieve metabolic interactions between nature, resources, and communities; the technological-environmental interface design to enable multiple connections between spaces, buildings, and users; the grid design to activate physical and immaterial relationships between collective and private dimensions.
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Dialogue among disciplines is not new to the debate on urban infrastructure projects. The nature of urban infrastructure seems to call for transdisciplinary approaches in developing new design codes. There is ongoing dialogue/conflict as regards its global and local dimensions, within which a network’s spaces are planned, built, and experimented in a city’s infrastructure. In a global dimension, the imperative of functionality and homogeneity of an infrastructure network often prevails. The local dimension instead tends toward the irreducibility of contexts and the search for specific qualities to set against the neutrality of the infrastructure (Clementi, 1997).

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