Friday, January 18, 2008

Cities on the move

Can migration be considered an architectural process ? if we should answer to this question we have to consider the way migration works what are the factors that generate migration and how can migration influence the topography and the composition of a city . The factors that can influence migration are several and in general migration is a group event that happens in a time spam as a phenomenon . Some factors that can generate such process have different features , economical , political , identity related ( the case of people that cannot identify with the place where they where born ) or transitional . The last case is an interesting one because of the way it can be seen in relation with politics and with the economical system . Each individual that is part of a social system ruled by politics that at one point in time can change ,has to reaccomodate to the new rules of the social system and start putting in ecuation new perspectives and new possibilities related to the professional life . In some cases this does not happen and some individuals do not change their views on the world according to the mutations that take place in the political system from witch they are part of thus obliging them to reaffirm themselves in a new political system and a new social ordering . This way of looking at things can be seen as double sided because of the one way approach that professionals can have towards problems in general or the discipline change that outer individuals can assume because of the changes that can happen in a tranzitory process . The example related to the professional can be centred around the way a professional can have one value in one political system and another value in a different environment . So migration can be seen as some sort of effect that is produced because the way people are related to their work and the way some can adapt to a new set of rules that comes with a specific change .
In contemporary society cities are not anymore part of a conglomerate of people that can be called country . A city is an independent structure or satellite that has in many cases an identity to witch the inhabitants can relate see as a sort of common identity . A city can become a brand and develop in a direction that can bring common activities and work activities on a level that can leave a equal sense or direction in the mind of everyone . The brand as a city can change in time being influenced by the population and the aspiration and the main message with witch they identify as population or inhabitants of the city . On the same level things can be redirected on a bigger scale and seen from different angles of development . The evolution of a city and of the population from that place is connected with unseen factors like the networks of people that are generated by the arrival of new people , the way these networks develop in a space that is not only part of one group of people but it is generated by the waves of people that come and start or renew their lives in the space of the city .
The way networks collaborate and unction is also important because the collaborations between different branches and people can have an outcome that can influence and develop new directions for different types of work . In some cases from the cooperation between different branches that are operating in the same space the outcome can be some sort of mutation , hybrid discipline or craft that can be considered part of a new way of looking at things and in the same time generator for future crafts . The way networks collaborate and develop can impose a sort of dynamism to the social city life because of the emergence of situations that make the people that are part of different crafts and branches to find common ground and ideas that sometimes can become political or negotiation result .
The migration process can be a hard one too because of the way people can stick to their traditions and
not let go of their beliefs related to concepts that can change in an urban environment . The people are the ones that generate the city , the activities that make the city alive and the ones that imprint the main economical and stylistic notion of what the city is and can be .
A brand is a complex notion and sometimes a city can be more than a brand or redirect the ideas behind the brand . In all these cases cities can be seen from laboratories and generators of ideas and new economical systems to conglomerates of peoples that are mixed together and live in some sort of symbiosis .

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