Architectural Reflection on Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities

Bard Bajçinovci, Kaltrina Thaçi, Bujar Q. Bajçinovci

Affiliation: University of Prishtina, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Kosovo

Keywords: Architecture, Invisible Cities, Urban planning, Modelling, Environment

DOI: 10.17160/josha.4.1.261

Cities actually endure a considerable lack of space for much needed urban development. Moreover, nowadays contemporary architectural challenges are extensive and complex social issues. Furthermore, present challenges represent fundamental city necessities or a broad of society demands, which we must take into consideration. Hence, we must make the necessary preparations for direct urban actions on fulfilling those issues from the best possible known urban strategies. Urban planning is a design process with a primary course to protect the environment, to manage urban infrastructure as a whole integrated system, and deliver the most appropriate style for living. In relation to sustainability and ecology, a qualitative urban design can significantly improve condition, and quality of life of urbanites. This study, has conceptually researched a design model of high-rise structures with its proportions mainly focussing on future urban planning structures. The study applied an empirical observation method through the arranged and combined structure models, strengthened with studied handmade drawings. The studied models were investigated mainly through literature review and especially analysed “Invisible Cities” of Italo Calvino’s prose poems, as a research inspiration. Hence, according to the conceptual conclusions of this study, we much prefer urban pattern where the urban expand of the cities are more prose poem influenced as the visually presented by the design models of this study. Immediate and global issues which represent urban reflections regarding air pollution, built heritage, climate changes, lack of cities expanding space, and public health requires holistic integrated environmental actions, moreover, actions that preserve ecological processes as an environmental healing strategies. INSTITUTION: University of Prishtina, Kosovo.

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