De la Ville Radieuse a la smart city. Le Corbusier y Barcelona

Translated title of the contribution: From the Radiant City to the smart city. : Le Corbusier and Barcelona

Miguel Angel Fernandez Gonzalez

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Something that is interesting and evocative about the post-Franco reconstruction of the city is discovering the rhetorical, project and practical uses that derive from it. A selective account of self-serving affirmation, recognition, or denial of chosen fragments of earlier plans. While it is true that in the case of Pla Nova Barcelona the project discourse and expectations about its effects are copied, at the same time the most tricky issues are ignored, such as the municipalization of land. The post-Franco reform invoked as legitimating figures the plans halted by the occupation of the nationals in January 1939. Some of the joint proposals of the architects of the gatcpac and Le Corbusier were recovered, such as the joint ideation of the plan and the functional solutions; but denying or ignoring the foundations of the new urban economy - considered by its authors as essential for the deployment of said plans - and, ultimately, also ignoring the revolutionary phase as it has been interpreted here [...] The last Of these attempts to pass off neo-liberal cats as progressive hares, the uncritically applauded by mayors from across the political spectrum Smart City, has re-founded the chameleonic art of technocracy to try to prevent us from seeing the coldest and despotic face of power: the one that discredits , humiliates and alienates the popular sovereignty of its faculty to deliberate and determine the course of the city. And do it all in the name no longer of technicians, architects, urban planners or engineers, but of technology and ingenuity.
Translated title of the contributionFrom the Radiant City to the smart city. : Le Corbusier and Barcelona
Original languageSpanish
Title of host publicationLe Corbusier
Subtitle of host publicationUna fría visión del mundo
Publication statusPublished - 5 Mar 2018


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