RESEARCH OF THE CITY'S FORM AND HISTORY
Recombinant Urbanism, Columbia University GSAPP | Spring, 201y
Professor: David Grahame Shane
Collaborative Work: Isabel Carrasco, Carmelo Ignaccolo, Mario Ulloa, Shuman Wu, Daniel Ziss
This research work digs into the city form and history of Catania in Sicily, based on the theory of Recombinant Urbanism by Professor David Grahame Shane.
THE ACTORS THROUGHOUT HISTORY
The history of Catania is divided into seven periods and categorized into the three prototypes of city form (Archi Citta, Cine Citta, Tele Citta). The character of each period is represented by a public space/infrastructure of that time, displaying the changing pattern of urbanism in Catania.
THE EVOLUTION OF CATANIA
The changing pattern of Catania city was under the influence of culture, politics, economy, and nature. The explosion of the volcano Mount Etna and earthquake played an important role in shaping the city. The lava flowing along the old city wall lifted the ground level on the outer side as well as extended the shoreline.