La ville verticale, abstraction concrète

Abstract : Going up, in order to re-embrace the city one thought was lost: from visual perspective to urban projection, from abstraction to utopia, the vertical city stimulates a prolific imaginary twentieth century urbanism has made good use. This paper focuses on three key episodes of Paris and New York urban mutations, which shed a light on the parallelism between metropolitan growth and urban verticality. First, the inter-wars with the birth of the modern metropolis, then the 60’s and 70’s with the expansion of the megalopolis and, third, the 2000’s with the advent of the global cities. Exploring the vertical city imaginary, as it has emerged through these periods, we look at the motives behind this specific form of urbanization – its persistence, its renewal, its stratification, and the reasons behind the conflicts nurturing its controversies. Structural narratives thus emerge: the projection to the future, the megastructure utopia, the iconic mirror. In Paris and New York, the vertical city is an alter ego that allows cities to exteriorize themselves as a scene, optimistic or not, for their future.
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Nathalie Roseau. La ville verticale, abstraction concrète. Géographie et cultures, L'Harmattan, 2017, Imaginaires de la vi(ll)e en hauteur, 102, pp.15-38. ⟨https://journals.openedition.org/gc/5195⟩. ⟨hal-01672365⟩

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