Liquid Cities and Induction Cities


Artwork by Luca Curci

Artwork by Luca Curci

‘’A city cannot be designed’’is the conclusion of a major Japanese architect, Makoto Sei Watanabe (b. 1952), from his book, ‘’The Induction Cities’’(L’Arca Edizioni, Italy, 2002).
I regret that I read so late this interesting book, because after 2006 I was very concerned, too, with the philosophy of the actual cities, with their liquid architecture, very close to the fluidity, transparency and vagueness of the inner life. Our post-literary age, already fascinated by the ‘’liquid architecture in cyberspace’’ (Marcos Novak), liquid identities and everyday liquid contacts between people, is focused on lightweight infrastructures in motion, the ‘’musical’’ structures of light, sound and colours, the ability to transform visual arts into urbanism shows or the real need to sense the reality as a fluid network of individuals, art and technology. These amazing new urban structures generated temporary and hybrid identities, focused on multiplicity and permanent changes, the pillars of our actual fuzzy world. In the hard core of our identity we may ‘’read’’ the text of the infinity. My concepts have been promoted by the famous Italian architect and visual artist, Luca Curci, and by ArtExpo International Group.
Makoto Sei Watanabe also felt that in our era architecture needs to be thought as a living organism, ‘’a way of creating a city that embraces the dynamism of a city’’. Instead of designing a plan and a resulting form, his ground breaking projects design a mechanism for generating the result. His choice is a design without design, a meta-design designing the process of design, like a free evolution of a living organism. This is architecture with a non-fixed temporality, related to the theory of complexity and to the verb ‘’to generate’’ instead of the verb ‘’to plan’’: ’’If, instead of imposing strong rules to the city as a whole, relations among parts were regulated, the rest could be left free’’. In his vision the city is like a complex organism that does not grow according to rules and norms, but to its inner spontaneous impulses and even dreams. He thinks that induction cities could be spontaneously generated by computer programs.
Makoto Sei Watanabe is not only a major architect, but also a major philosopher of our post-literary architecture.

About Constantin Severin

Constantin Severin (constantinseverin.ro) is a Romanian writer and, as a visual artist, the founder and promoter of the award-winning concept known as archetypal expressionism. He is the author of eight books of poetry, essays, and novels, and his poems have been published by major Romanian and international literary magazines. He is one of the editors of the French cultural magazine Levure littéraire.
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