By Cipriano Navarro.
Entities that inhabit the city,
I want to start my role in this blog, inviting you to reflect on a man’s status which we are not fully aware, this will start with the question: What is man’s habitat?
The man with thousands of years on earth has witnessed and made great changes, as a species it has spread across the globe and has left an unmatched mark, more specifically he created for himself the conditions necessary to live, reproduce and perpetuation as a specie, creating his own habitat. The city.
Of all the inventions of man “The City” is way long my favorite, we’ve been welcomed in it as a child in the heart of his mother, getting protection from wild nature, by this time the man has already broken the balance between living “rural” and those living in “urban”, a threshold broken in Mexico in the early 60’s.
Our tradition as urban entities have traces of over 10,000 years, with the settlements in the Middle East, between the Tigris and Euphrates, after a long history full of cities that come and go, we come to the present day and having more than 50% of the world’s population under the shelter of a city, is in this environment where we find the greatest wealth but also greatest poverty that has known the man.
We are no longer native to the tundra, jungle, forest, savannah or desert, we have created our own environment from our needs, the urban environment, we breathe by inhaling fumes of our factories, to distinguish the scent of urine in crowded colonies of historic centers, we listen to feel the buzz of a public square, traffic noise, we see dark alleys in our paths, to observe large areas as self monochromatic settlement building our cities. The city is around us.
We are not the only ones who have moved our way of life to urban, the flora and fauna, wild and domestic, are behind us. To think that cities would stop expanding the world is quite a kindhearted innocence, the era of “homo sapiens” is over and “homo urbanism” (if I may baptize) has entered the scene and his work will be tough with nature, and from those who try to antagonize it has little chance against the will of man for having comfort, shelter and sustenance.
I know form a good source, as the city itself has told me, their growth is imminent, constant, unstoppable, limitless?
I do not know, comes to my mind the imagery of Coruscant (pronounced Corrussant) the “city planet” the scenario of the Jedi Order extermination at the hands of automated clones in the Star Wars saga, or Apokolips another huge city planet full of blazing fire pits, home of Darkseid, Superman’s archenemy created for the universe of DC Comics.
Maybe one day we get to those extremes, to turn the world into a ecumenopolis, (term created by architect and city planner Constantinos Doxiadis in the early 60’s to describe the imaginary of a global megalopolis) we will inhabit a city planet … or rather a world city.
Cipriano Navarro (@URBNSM / @esecipri)