Urban Condensers – Vertical Urbanism for a Polycentric City.

Ignacio Montaldo
Founding Principal
Moarqs, Buenos Aires

The general consensus is that the world's urban population will almost double by the year 2050, which makes urbanization one of the most transformative trends for the 21st century. Populations, economic activities, social and cultural interactions, as well as environmental and humanitarian impacts, are increasingly concentrated in cities. It is in this context that interests to think the growth and the densification of the city from the architecture, looking for new forms of project that redefine the relation between center and periphery. Due to the economic difficulty of sustaining an expanded and less dense city and the devastation of the territory that produces the expansion of the city in the periphery, the densification of the city in height returns to take great interest as a way to solve the construction of the habitat. The density and the construction in height is one of the possibilities of concentrating rational infrastructures, more efficient and economic, to solve the mobility with clean means of transport, etc.
In this context, it is undeniable that the construction in height of the polycentric but concentrated city can not be thought of in any other way than from thinking about how the public space and nature can grow in the same vertical direction.
How can the city growth and renew while conserving the cultural heritage?
We must think the polycentric city only in the plane? How we can think a vertical 3D polycentric city? A generic area of the city of Buenos Aires is considerer in this presentation to be transformed in a new center of vertical urbanism towards a new Buenos Aires polycentric city.