Students Book Project “Let’s get our freedom back”
January 2014: The impossibility of central urban planning
Franco Martín López is an advanced student at the School of Architecture of the Universidad Abierta Latinoamericana (Rosario, Argentina). López belongs to the NGO “Orillas” –which gives educational support to underprivileged children in Argentina. In 2013 he was awarded the 2nd Prize in the VI “Alacero Contest” organized by the Latin American Steel Association.
The functioning of cities demands a complex network, which is typical of emerging systems and consists of knowledge and human relations and interactions. Said spontaneous structure is seriously affected when the interventions distinctive of centralized urban planning create, void and reorganize existing connections, which sustain the city’s functioning, disregarding the citizen’s local knowledge and the spaces they formed in buildings and other areas.