AMP > Publications > Cataloguing a future city : Melbourne
Année : 2021
Auteur :
Mannisi, Alban

Cataloguing a future city : Melbourne Cool Lines !

Alban Mannisi, “Cataloguing a future city : Melbourne Cool Lines !”, Landscape Australia, Review, Online, 2021.10.12

The dominance of redundant and destructive neoliberal regimes, the disarray caused by green capitalism and the preponderance of techno-optimistic geo-engineering schemes amid the emergencies of a rapidly changing climate have been accelerating the need to engage in the research and dissemination of ideas about alternative ways of living together. In a region where the mode of managing resources according to a plan of economic or political development inherited from European systems has, for some time now, been raising serious doubts about the sustainability of our ways of life, an arsenal of alternative perspectives that foreground hybridity, networks and a renewed understanding of human-nature relations have been reevaluating the power, resilience and benefits of autochthonous (and hopefully Indigenous) environmental engineering approaches.

Referring to the French architect Claude Parent’s warnings about sprawling cities and “making the city over the city,” the Cool Lines’ pitch embraces complex thoughts about the future of our global urban environments, both testifying to their vitality while at the same time viewing their achievements with renewed criticality.

Urban heat islands, climate change and other conditions of the Anthropocene are symptoms of our ignorance towards ecological knowledge – a state of affairs that has spurred many environmental diplomats to advocate for a more respectful dialogue with the natural systems that support us. The ethical failure in the understanding and approach to the urban, to architecture, and to landscape, has also spurred the rise of environmental whistle-blowers who have been assisting in the transformation of ground-breaking visions of our collective future into beneficial, responsible and humane interventions through the modification of our views on the traditional nature/culture divide.

The work in Cool Lines is certainly stimulating – however, we must remain cautious. We have yet to see whether our city builders can successfully translate these aspirations into on-the-ground progression, and that the built environment profession can demonstrate genuine ethical acts of human beings towards solidarity with nature. Building upon themes now widely discussed around the world, Cool Lines presents a precious and well-reasoned catalogue for a future, more unified Melbourne.

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