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Constructing workable scenarios - DomusAir No.2 is now available

5th July 2021

Constructing workable scenarios - DomusAir No.2 is now available

The following is an extract from the second issue of DomusAir. The new magazine created by Domus and One Works that focuses on the key topics of aviation, mobility and transport infrastructures, new technologies and sustainability.

Constructing workable scenarios - DomusAir No.2 is now available

Taking off in December 2020, Domusair felt it was essential to fly over and beyond the disasters, interruptions, and changes abruptly forced upon the entire world by COVID-19. Aware of the many extreme situations we have to cope with and the constant need to take stock—as so aptly evoked in Daniele Del Giudice’s beautiful novel Staccando l’ombra da terra [Takeoff: The Pilot’s Lore]—DomusAir intends to achieve stable cruise velocity with a nine-point programme to be completed in 2023.

Through research and in-depth analysis of visions and ideas, data and opinions, projects and worksites, our objective is to provide a useful compass for relations between physical and digital networks, new technologies and sustainability, identifying routes and development models for the future of cities and geographical communities.

Now more than ever we have to move quickly to construct workable infrastructure and urban scenarios for the coming generations. The scenarios do not necessarily have to be conservative to be sustainable, but must necessarily be farsighted so we can plan, design, and build what we truly need in a timely manner, accounting for our extreme situations and the urgent need to slow and invert the trend towards unsustainable models, where still possible.

The United Nations 2030 Agenda is clear and complete, we should well align our day-to-day operations with it as much as possible. Cities and geographical communities need solutions grounded in informed outlooks and carefully constructed scenarios and in relevant projects based on the scenarios.

Now we have capacities and re-sources hitherto unimaginable, while time is an independent variable, as they say. A critical piece of infrastructure such as the Genoa-San Giorgio Bridge can be designed and built in months, but in the complex layers of the city it may take decades to create a perfectly designed and complete terminal such as the Moynihan Train Hall in New York. It may be that the Hyperloop and drones will revolutionize mobility for passengers and the goods we need in a not-so-distant future, but only if we study the situation and understand what transportation demand and what services will be truly useful and what sort of impact can be tolerated.

We can take advantage of the exceptional opportunities to combine data that is already available, we can engineer, simulate, and test solutions via digital twin technologies, transforming and modernizing our cities and networks. And we must show equal care towards project finances and social relations, which are as crucial to physical and digital infrastructure as technical feasibility and architectural quality.

The second edition of DomusAir is now available with the July Issue of Domus Magazine - available here.

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