Trojans of ambiguity vs resilient regeneration: visual meaning in cities

De Kock, Pieter and Carta, Silvio (2020) Trojans of ambiguity vs resilient regeneration: visual meaning in cities. Construction Economics and Building . ISSN 2204-9029

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Introduction: This paper presents a theoretical framework that helps identify visual sustainability in urban projects and evaluates its relevance for the use, design and making of public space. Aim: It is aimed at showing how the process of urban regeneration is far more nuanced and sophisticated than much of today’s building industry allows for. Methodology: The first part of the article provides an outline of this framework, by drawing from the notion of ambiguity and discussing regeneration around a concept of trojans of ambiguity: by which we simply mean that modern-day regeneration projects are often a confusion of meaning. The framework is then applied to two case studies: Heygate and Sidewalk Labs Toronto. Findings: The Heygate regeneration produced a negative emotionally charged process and social displacement. By contrast Sidewalk Labs Toronto exemplifies a technologically clean start for regeneration, on a site with little social vitality or history. The starting points for each ultimately point to two very different outcomes. Recommendations for further research: Visual sustainability represents ‘the technology before the technology’ and future research must recognise how human needs, not technology, provide the meaning into ‘how’ we may create a successful, smart, and sustainable urban.

Keywords:Sustainability, Meaning, Smart Cities, Visual, Public Realm
Subjects:K Architecture, Building and Planning > K450 Housing
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K440 Urban studies
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K110 Architectural Design Theory
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K100 Architecture
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K220 Construction Management
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K421 Urban Planning
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K200 Building
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Architecture & Design > School of Architecture & Design (Architecture)
ID Code:38993
Deposited On:28 Nov 2019 11:25

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