The relation between density – to be meant in mere volumetric terms – and intensity – as a matter of urban quality, has always been in the centre of the architectural debate and practice. The present economic situation of stalemate and often of de-growth has made the relationship between quantity and quality particularly crucial for its implications with the real estate market and for its evident repercussions on resources, and therefore, on the strategies behind the transformation of our built environment. Our cities seem to need tools and opportunities, not much to build more but to rethink and use the existing architectures as elements around and on which to re-organize the quality and the structures of spaces we live and move into. Canton Ticino: territory of a new modernity. A perspective of densification after the urban sprawl collects the projects developed by the students of the Master in Urban Vision and Architectural Design 2012/13 of Domus Academy in collaboration with i2a – international institute of architecture. The projects explore future possible scenarios for Caslano, a town not very far from Lugano, emblematic example of the current urban sprawl condition: acting in a surgical way, they aim to recombine the fragmented elements of the sprawl tissue and to restructure new forms of urbanity. Lastly, the works produce a reflection on the spatial assets and architectural tools to give quality back to our urban landscapes, often weakened and blurred by a crisis which seems to be more connected to sense than resources. The collection is marked by interventions by Francesca
Vargiu, Master in Urban Vision and Architectural Design course leader, Gianandrea Barreca, Master
in Urban Vision and Architectural Design scientific advisor, Andrea Vercellotti, workshop project leader, Alessandro Martinelli, i2a research fellow and curator.