Autori: Marina Mihaila
Editorial: Beatrice-Gabriela Joger, Andra Panait, Marina Mihaila, Daniel Comsa, "Ion Mincu" University Publishing House, Abstracts Book. ICAR 2012.International Conference on Architectural Research (RE)writing history., ISBN 978 - 606 - 638 - 022 - 5, p.371, 2012.
New city is the new metropolis, built from scratch in the shape of a globalised and globalizing city which devours its surrounding tissue into a spatial pattern of ever-growing heights. This new city is the new three-dimensional space matrix, a space where horizontal expansion results into a spatial density exponential increase.
New city is the denomination of architectural and urban phenomena, former city of the future, denoting a massive investment into (financial) overproduction that attracts a globalised workforce, highly trained, that defines the new built environment along with the new type of professional, private and social life.
New city could be San’t Elia’s utopia –La Citta Nuova, or the urban drive of Dubai, where new skyscraper collection outgrew the old-city almost to complete oblivion.
After engulfing everything in connection to business centers and all representation of financial and banking world, Dubai tends to accumulate, along with it’s globalization, features of continuous expansion of possible vertical limits, skyscraper density, and ceaseless creation of new poles of attraction through methods of technological + financial + design (=promotion) deployment, phenomena of significant population in transit – first brought by tourism but also at a deeper level by attracting highly-educated-skilled work-force, phenomena of accelerated growth of urban infrastructure, phenomena related to the adjustment of the real-estate market or the creation new urban function specific to a singular and particular request – indoor ski slope, museums for new collections – Guggenheim, Louvre, mixed-use tower, sophisticated services, while replacing energy consumption with energy generation.
So how will the possible city of the future look like? Is it a post-industrial city, post-war or an “Endless City” ? Is it a movie/ manga like post-apocalypse sci-fi metropolis or a world of pilling up with garbage ? Is it a real city or is duplicated into a continuous extended virtual reality or by a world of machines? Is it a Babel Tower, a city of flying machines  or a city of informational and digital structures ?
I’ve defined Z-city or the infinite city as any possible avatar of the future city. Z-city is the present concept of the future metropolis with an open visual and technological definition.
I’ve named the metropolis of the future, Z-city, z being the last letter of the alphabet, or Infinite City, city that expands indefinitely, enclosing the unimagined possibilities of a near or distant era, that will include existing or not yet discovered concepts and ideas.
This concept Z-City (title of present article) was developed by the author within the doctoral research program Working with/in New Office – Concepts & Technology 2005-2011.
Keywords: city, future, unknown city of the future, possibilities of living in the city
Cuvinte cheie: arhitectura, arta, antropologie, urbanism, spatiu cultural // Architecture, Art, Culture, Anthropology, Urban Planing, Cultural Space