Issue 1Why Urbanista.org?

Urbanista.org is a new webzine of critical perspectives on contemporary urban design and its responses to social, cultural, political and economic patterns globally. A lot of good stories are overlooked or remain untold. Urbanista.org aims to unfold narratives and to operate as a unique, complementary media platform in this field.


Spanish eyes on the urban and the rural: Canales and Lombardero

The Spanish architectural diaspora and slow down in commissions at home has dispersed numerous first rate practitioners and teachers around the globe. In 2007 the architects Francisco Gonzaléz de Canales and Nuria Alvarez Lombardero came to London where they lead a Unit at the Architectural Association. At the same time they have retained connections to their homeland, and in recent years they have built a non-traditional patio house in Cordoba and a medical centre in a remote rural area of Andalucia that provoke discussions about innovation in local architectural identities.

Making City: 5th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam 2012

The rules of the game for making cities need reinvention. That was the message of the 5th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam – Making City staged in 2012. The role of – and the relationship between – planning, design and politics can be redefined and thereby contribute to a more effective ‘urban toolbox’. Instead of relying on research alone, it connected findings and presentations to concrete urban design challenges in order to positively influence the quality of local design assignments in the Netherlands but also in Istanbul, São Paulo and many other urban cultures undergoing challenges.


‘Dwell in possibility’: forthcoming issue of Urbanista.org, live in April 2019

Dwell in possibility’, the next issue of Urbanista.org is live in March 2019, including interviews with London-based Karakusevic Carson Architects and Mexico-City based Francisco Pardo and an essay by Norwegian participatory design specialist, architect Alexander Eriksson Furunes. The issue interprets the verb ‘to dwell’ in a wide sense, focusing on pressing issues, and analysing self-managing capacities for and innovation in mixed tenure housing, investigating emerging strategies for collective self-organised and other mixed tenure housing solutions in the UK and across Europe, which were the subject of Future Homes for London, a conference staged at the Royal College of Art in 2018. Central to these themes are the participatory imperatives – a growing feature of 21st century European urbanism.

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