20.09.12 Larisa Tsvetkova:
Most modern living areas in Europe are precisely planned, and constructed at once during a very short period time. Good planning, good architecture. Organized, structured, finished.
The question is if an approach like this is still valid nowadays. If life is getting more and more dynamic and individualistic, can planning and architecture stay fixed?
Location is temporal. People in Europe are mobile. Studying and working opportunities appear here and there, and people are moving accordingly. It is normal not only to change apartments, but also to go from one city or country to another.
Life style is temporal. People are flexible in their lives. There is no collective image of a family life anymore, but there are multiple individual decisions instead. And these decisions are not life-long. Percentage of divorces keeps on growing. Population in Europe is getting older. As soon as children grow up, they want to live separately from their parents. Amount of singles is high. People are getting more and more independent, modern life is individualistic and flexible.
Therefore, living space is temporal. No permanent place or space can be defined. Simultaneously with changing of people’s lifestyles, location, dimensions and qualities of living space are changing through time.
If planning and architecture can address these topics, what could be a suitable approach for modern society? Dealing with dynamics and multiple individuality of lifestyles could mean non-planning and informality. But coexistence of individualities is not enough. Pluralism within one organism is the aim. It means that new planning strategies should be able to create a system that is strong enough to allow more flexibility.