Housing, life itself as generator of the city, lies at the basis of the research called the Unadapted City. Its methodology is to start from the anonymous number with the aim to arrive at spaces for the urban equipment, diversified as to form, interpretation and scale.
|The Unadapted City started in 1995 with the creation of a working atlas of urban facilities composed of ten plates :|
|Hotel and catering
Sports, recreation and special facilities
Universal and commercial services
Culture and entertainment
Arts and Crafts
|As for every atlas, enormous care was devoted
to the visual and educational aspect of each plate in particular and of the series as a
The plates were composed using the social base - the number of inhabitants needed for a particular urban facility - as criterion, and for each item the total area and the area per thousand inhabitants was depicted to scale. So, with a rising number of inhabitants, the plates reflect a growing scale and complexity of amenities (and of the city). This atlas doesn't want to present scientifically correct data at all, but aims at offering an indispensable instrument to acquire insight into the scale and complexity of the city's equipment, yet unavailable.
|On the basis of the working atlas, surface arrangements for a specific number of inhabitants can be made. A surface-arrangement is set in columns within a rectangle in the divine proportion, to show the surface interrelation of the various facilities and their relation to housing. For planning purposes, the various facilities are divided into three columns for three categories : structural, zoned and occasional. Structural facilities are used to structure the city; zoned facilities can develop by various, uncontrolled initiatives within a specific zone; occasional facilities can develop everywhere by individual, free initiatives.|
|Halfweg is such an example for 60.000 inhabitants. Here it turns out that the facilities and housing divide the rectangle almost into a square and its divine proportion, a coincidence ?|