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Towards a more environmental urbanim: the territorial mosaic city

Author: Carles Llop Torné

Year: 2009

Published in: Catorzè cicle de conferències de l’Aula d’Ecologia 2009. CREAF; UAB; Ajuntament de Barcelona

Language of the original text: Catalan

Every time we have a relation less pristine with our environment. And the effects that we cause on our urban or rural environment show it. Our cities have detached from the territory, because millions of people no longer live or work slowly on a small territoriality, a close one, in a symbiotic system and bound to man and habitat, as the community and the areal environment where he inhabits. Nowadays we have a territory which is conditioned by a territorial splatter, an extension and tentacular spread of urbanization and fragmentation of rural areas that affects territories which should keep as environmental spaces to carry out essential biophysical functions. These harmful phenomena on the territory usually are not perverse in their origin, but they appear as secondary results of economic processes, which haven’t found the right project to set in a territory. These processes have given place to what I call “the territorial-mosaic-city”. Urban planning has to work in the field of anticipation, creating interesting models for the planning and the management of the occupation of the territory. This article presents 7 big strategies that we have in urban planning history: the Finger Plan in Copenhaguen; the strategy of Transit Oriented Developments by Peter Calthorpe; Chicago Plan by Daniel Burnham; Green Belts of the Greater London Plan; the 7V Plan by Le Corbusier; the green “U” in Stuttgart; and the Anillo Verde of Vitoria.