Gu- Generazione Urbana
City planning is probably one of the sector where the gap between experts and the unskilled is most noticeable. This is a paradox, however, when you think about it, because it is the most evident political theme, and we are all involved in the urban fabric. If, in the 50s, Calvino had published La speculazione edilizia (Property Speculation) - the denunciation of the moral decadence that accompanies that of landscape - and Pasolini directed his poetry to underclass and suburbs, the debate about the relationship between the individual and the city would have been consigned to academics and large international conventions. “GU” is made up of a group of three urban studies researchers and its purpose is to create a bridge between those in charge of work and city dwellers, to promote the interaction between these two, often far removed, worlds. It is about the awareness of urban culture, sustainable development, planning, which will put the individual at the centre. The individual is the real actor among buildings, streets and services, and it is desirable that he develops an awareness of the surrounding environment.
Setting out from the metropolis of Rome, but also broadening out the discussion from a philosophical perspective to include every conglomerate, large and small, “GU” carries out field research and looks after the communication of data through publications, workshops and steady relationships with local authorities. The ideal project audience are the representatives of future generations who are reached through workshops in primary and secondary schools. Cities, particularly the most spread out ones, look like enormous and complex machines whose instructions for use have been lost, because even they are in constant, rapid evolution. The development of a critical conscience would then allow us to live, not just to endure, the status of citizen.
The story has been written by Simone Ungaro, writer.