This book draws together classic and contemporary texts on the "Horizontal Metropolis" concept. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, it explores various theoretical, methodological and political implications of the Horizontal Metropolis hypothesis. Assembling a series of textual and cartographic interventions, this book explores those that supersede inherited spatial ontologies (urban/rural, town/country, city/non-city, society/nature). It investigates the emergence of a new type of extended urbanity across regions, territories and continents up to the global scale through the reconstruction of a fundamental but neglected tradition. This book responds to the radical nature of the changes underway today, calling for a rethinking of the Western Metropolis idea and form along with the emergence of new urban paradigms. The Horizontal Metropolis concept represents an ambitious attempt to offer new instruction to take on this challenge at the global scale. The book is intended for a wide audience interested in the emergence and development of new approaches in urbanism, architecture, cultural theory, urban and design education, landscape urbanism and geography.
Martina Barcelloni, PhD in Urbanism, is Architect and Scientific Collaborator at EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland, since 2014. She has worked as a freelancer for several international offices such as EMBT-Enric Miralles Benedetta Tagliabue and Stefano Boeri Architetti, participated in the staging of several international workshops, and taught in the field of architecture and urbanism at a number of international schools as EPF Lausanne (Switzerland), IUAV Venice (Italy), Politecnico di Milano (Italy), GSAPP Columbia University (USA), and the National University of Singapore (Singapore). She is currently concluding a research on urban-rural soils and coordinates the Executive Board of Habitat Research Centre at the EPFL.
Paola Viganò, PhD in Architecture, is Full Professor in Urban Theory and Urban Design at the EPFL (Lausanne, Switzerland) where she heads the Lab-U and the new interdisciplinary Habitat Research Centre. She is also professor at IUAV University Venice, Italy. Guest professor in several international schools, in 2013 she has received the Grand Prix de l'Urbanisme in France; in 2016 the title of Doctor Honoris Causa by the UCL; in 2017 the Flemish Culture Award for Architecture (Ultima Architectuur) and in 2018 the Golden medal to the career of Milano Triennale.
From 1990 to 2014, together with Bernardo Secchi, she founded Studio, working on numerous projects and visions in Europe. Since 2015 StudioPaolaViganò has been working on urban, landscape projects and public spaces in Europe and has won several international competitions.
Introduction.- Part I: Prophecies and clues.- Chapter 1. 1760 La Suisse comme ville - JJ Rousseau.- Chapter 2. 1899 The decentralisation of industries - P Kropotkin.- Chapter 3. 1901 The probable diffusion of great cities - HG Wells.- Chapter 4. 1915 The City-Region - P Geddes.- Chapter 5. 1932 Broadacre City - F.L. Wright.- Part II: Interpretative concepts.- Chapter 6. 1961 - Megalopolis - J. Gottmann.- Chapter 7. 1962 - La Città Territorio - M Tafuri/G Piccinato/V Quilici.- Chapter 8. 1976 - La Rurbanisation - G Bauer/JM Roux.- Chapter 9. 1979 - Agropolitan development - J Friedmann.- Chapter 10. 1986 - La Banlieue radieuse - M. Smets.- Chapter 11. 1989 - Tapitmetropool - J Neutelings.- Chapter 12. 1990 - La Città Diffusa - F Indovina.- Chapter 13. 1991 - La Ville-Territoire- A Corboz.- Chapter 14. 1991 - Desakota - T. McGee.- Chapter 15. 1991 - La Periferia- B Secchi.- Chapter. 16. 1995 - Agronica - A Branzi.- Chapter 17. 1997 - Zwischenstadt - T Sieverts.- Part III: Conclusion.