Conceptualizations of Planning: Aureli and Koolhaas on Urbanization and the Enclave

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Conceptualizations of Planning: Aureli and Koolhaas on Urbanization and the Enclave
Pier Vittorio Aureli, in “Toward the Archipelago” and Rem Koolhaas, in “Atlanta,” explore the complexities of the relationship between architecture and urban planning. As this critical précis of both texts will reveal, although Aureli’s and Koolhaas’ approaches are fundamentally distinct – Aureli presenting a historical discussion of urban planning and its relationship to social, political and economic forces, and Koolhaas focusing on one city (Atlanta) at one point in its recent history – they both address the dynamic tension that exists between the processes of urbanization and enclave development and the social and political realities of urban space....
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.....dded protection of the enclaves to preserve the structures of capitalist segregation that are defined by the very nature of these built environments.
In conclusion, we can see how Aureli and Koolhaas have presented radically distinct, yet complementary, view of modern architecture and its relationship to social and political structures and the social landscape of our cities. While they differ in their views of these phenomena, it is fascinating (and disturbing) to note that both see similar processes of urbanization and the enclave defining the postmodern cities of our age.
References
Aureli, Pier Vittorio. “Towards the Archipelago.” LOG:
Observations on Architecture and the Contemporary City.
Winter(2008): 91-119.
Koolhaas, Rem. “Atlanta.”