新建築 2020年7月号発売となりました !

『a+u』デジタル・コメンタリー・シリーズ 01: スタジオ・ギャング

『a+u』はいま世界が直面している危機にたいし、これを理解し適応していこうと試みを行っています。この状況に貢献するために、我々は有するデジタル・プラットフォームを活用し、建築と都市に興味をもつ人々が自由にアクセスすることができるコンテンツとして、現状報告やコメント、メッセージを公開し、蓄積していきます。

下記よりシリーズの第1弾、スタジオ・ギャングの創設者ジーニー・ギャングからのコメントをご覧いただけます。

Jeanne Gang

As the coronavirus pandemic has spread, many of us city dwellers have renewed our appreciation for the natural world and our desire to be part of it. The ability to spend time outdoors enjoying the weather, listening to birdsong, and observing seasonal surges of growth has in many ways never felt more precious.

This visceral reminder that we humans need nature arrives at a critical moment. The renewed awareness it brings can help spark a new era of care and protection for the natural environment, but at the same time, we also worry that—in combination with the pandemic—it could inspire a desire for distance from the city. Could the hunger for nature lure residents away from urban environments altogether? Giving up on the city and sprawling outward will only exacerbate climate change and increase damage to crucial ecosystems just when our planet needs them most.

It is therefore urgent for designers and others to underscore that urban density and biodiverse nature are not mutually exclusive—they are mutually beneficial, and planning for both can critically strengthen the future health and resilience of our communities. Particularly key is designing buildings that respond to the outside, with generous outdoor spaces, while simultaneously investing in high-quality public green spaces. With their ability to provide multiple benefits for humans and wildlife, in addition to free “ecosystem services” that reduce pressure on municipal resources, public green spaces offer multivalent potential for our cities. As we are gradually able to physically come together again, these places can also help cultivate our social connections by supporting the forms of gathering and interaction that give rise to a stronger and more resilient community.

To fully unlock outdoor spaces’ potential, we must use our design skills to maximize their performance and flexibility—and to advocate for their equitable distribution throughout all neighborhoods. Nature offers more than symbolic hope for our world. But to deliver on its healing and resilient properties, we must recommit ourselves to creating cities where everyone has the outdoor space they need to thrive, together.

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