Infrastruc­ture Is the Beating Heart and Veins Of the City
reSITE’s chairman Martin Barry about the intriguing theme of reSITE 2017: In/visible City conference and the diversity in life and planning.
People don’t typically think much about infrastructure, but it's below our feet or over our head. One might consider it's ugly but the truth is, it's the heart of the city. - Martin Barry
Budapest-based Epítészfórum talked with reSITE’s chairman, Martin Barry.
“Our subject is the city. The city is a collection of diverse people and forms often with wildly competing interests. We can’t study the urban condition without including all of those interests and all of that diversity. But, in the end, the mission is quite simple and minimal. We want to leave the city in better shape for the next generation than it is for this one, and we think investments in high-quality public space and public architecture is a way to get there.” explained Martin Barry.
Many extraordinary speakers come to reSITE 2016: Cities in Migration.
Janette Sadik-Khan, former Commissioner of the Department of Transportation of New York City, discusses programs implemented in her time in the department and the positive changes these have made. She especially focused on safety and community opinion in her policies, and presents how they made safety programs appeal to people and how much safer she made the streets for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers.
Caroline Bos, a Dutch urban planner and co-founder of the architectural design center UN Studio, questions the sustainability of our current cities and how to make them last into the future. She brings up ideas of resilience in cities, working with a circular economy, and managing resources more sustainably and effectively.
At reSITE 2017 conference, Michael Flynn explains how mechanisms of successful infrastructure delivery can work.