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City Representations

This thematic series encourages paper submissions on city representations. Photos of urban scenes and photorealistic renderings, such as those found on the Internet, have become ubiquitous and part of our everyday life. After a long journey begun during the Renaissance, it appears that “perspective” has finally triumphed as the medium for representing urban space. However, if we take a closer look, the impression begins to change. Instead of a space organised mathematically and from a stable point of view, the multitude of images is producing a fragmented world no longer capable of producing an organised scene. At the same time, other tentative representations of the city are appearing: ecosystem diagrams, time occupation patterns, density patterns, isochrons, shadow diagrams and descriptions of the intensity of communications. All of these enable us to understand aspects of reality that we could use to open up new realms of project design for the city and its components.


  1. Methodology

    Formal ontologies and strategic environmental assessment. A case study: the municipal land use plan of Genoa

    In the field of environmental assessment methods and tools, the space-based information systems have increasing importance, due to their capacity to organize knowledge according both to the representation of t...

    Giampiero Lombardini

    City, Territory and Architecture 2016 3:8

    Published on: 23 June 2016

    The Erratum to this article has been published in City, Territory and Architecture 2016 3:11

  2. Case study

    A spatial strategy for the production of place in two German cities - Urban design interventions as a driver for spatial transformation

    The paper introduces a new methodological perspective to the process of urban design, which reacts to the increasing interdependence of multipe scales in almost all facets of life. The production of place in t...

    Anne Wiese, Agnes Förster, Lukas Gilliard and Alain Thierstein

    City, Territory and Architecture 2014 1:13

    Published on: 26 November 2014