Architettura, Contesto e Ambiente

Ogni Architettura viene, o meglio! dovrebbe venir, pensata per il contesto in cui si inserisce. L’ambiente in cui realizziamo le nostre architetture è prima di tutto un territorio, ma è un territorio appartenente ad un sistema economico su cui insiste un tessuto sociale. Per comodità chiamerò questo ambiente “territorio socioeconomico”. Lungi dal voler toccare le tematiche care all’ambientalismo, intendo però fare alcune considerazioni di base su detto “territorio”.

Il territorio socioeconomico in cui ci troviamo a vivere e a sviluppare i nostri progetti è in perenne evoluzione. Cercare di conoscerne il passato e possibilmente le eventuali proiezioni sul futuro ci può aiutare a comprendere meglio i nostri progetti e come questi possano inserirsi in detto territorio.

I fatti di questi ultimi anni, 2001 crisi delle e 2008 scoppio della bolla speculativa immobiliare, appartengono al territorio socioeconomico che stiamo considerando, anzi, fanno parte di una sua costituente fondamentale, l’economia.

Per tenere in considerazione l’ambiente nel suo complesso risulta quindi indispensabile addentrarsi in una visione economica che ci possa fornire l’aiuto necessario per comprendere il “territorio” in cui edificheremo o nel quale i nostri progetti dovranno “vivere”.

Se comprendere il Territorio in questione è abbastanza semplice per il passato, risulta decisamente meno semplice per il futuro.

Come viene ben spiegato nel corso che qui di seguito ripropongo, il nostro “normale” modo di porsi di fronte agli eventi parte spesso (sempre) dall’assumere una ben precisa posizione: considerare il futuro in continuo (e necessario) sviluppo rispetto al presente. Questo assunto viene preso come fatto del tutto normale perché fino ad ora le cose sono, bene o male, andate in questo modo.

Ma sarà veramente così per sempre?

Consiglio vivamente la visione integrale di questo corso anche se la lunghezza potrebbe scoraggiarla. Sono 20 moduli, più alcuni sottomoduli, di circa 10 minuti l’uno. Ma fanno chiarezza, e la fanno su tanti argomenti decisamente in voga in questi giorni molto particolari per il sistema economico.

Propongo la visione su youtube comprensiva di sottotitoli in italiano aggiunti dal Libero Gruppo di Traduzioni di Transition Italia.

Un indice completo del corso è reperibile qui:

L’autore, Chris Martenson:

Executive summary: Father of three young children; author; obsessive financial observer; trained as a scientist; experienced in business; has made profound changes in his lifestyle because of what he sees coming.

I think it’s important that you understand who I am, how I have arrived at my conclusions and opinions, and why I’ve dedicated my life to communicating them to you.

First of all, I am not an economist. I am trained as a scientist, having completed both a PhD and a post-doctoral program at Duke University, where I specialized in neurotoxicology. I tell you this because my extensive training as a scientist informs and guides how I think. I gather data, I develop hypotheses, and I continually seek to accept or reject my hypotheses based on the evidence at hand. I let the data tell me the story.

It is also important for you to know that I entered the profession of science with the intention of teaching at the college level. I love teaching, and I especially enjoy the challenge of explaining difficult or complicated subjects to people with limited or no background in those subjects. Over the years I’ve gotten pretty good at it.

Once I figured out that most of the (so-called) better colleges place “effective teacher” pretty much near the bottom of their list of characteristics that factor into tenure review, I switched gears, obtained an MBA from Cornell (in Finance), and spent the next ten years working my way through positions in both corporate finance and strategic consulting. From these experiences I gather my comfort with numbers and finance.

So much for the credentials.

The most important thing for you to know is the impact that the information that I’ve now placed on this site had on me. Let’s do this as a Before and After.

Before: I am a 40-year-old professional who has worked his way up to Vice President of a large, international Fortune 300 company and is living in a waterfront, 5 bathroom house in Mystic, CT, which is mostly paid off. My three young children are either in or about to enter public school, and my portfolio of investments is being managed by a broker at a large institution. I do not really know any of my neighbors, and many of my local connections are superficial at best.

After: I am a 45-year-old who has willingly terminated his former high-paying, high-status position because it seemed like an unnecessary diversion from the real tasks at hand. My children are now homeschooled, and the big house in Mystic was sold in July of 2003 in preference for a 1.5 bathroom rental in rural western Massachusetts. In 2002, I discovered that my broker was unable to navigate a bear market, and I’ve been managing our investments ever since. Since that time, my portfolio has gained 166%, which works out to a compounded yearly gain of 27.8% for five years running (whereas my broker, by keeping me in the usual assortment of stocks, would have scored me a 38% return, or 8.39%/yr). I grow a garden every year; preserve food, know how to brew beer & wine, and raise chickens. I’ve carefully examined each support system (food, energy, security, etc), and for each of them I’ve figured out either a means of being more self-sufficient or a way to do without. But, most importantly, I now know that the most important descriptor of wealth is not my dollar holdings, but the depth and richness of my community.

I hope you find what I have to offer here useful.

All the best,

Chris Martenson

Lascio i riferimenti al sito dell’autore del corso:

Testi che mi vengono in mente sull’argomento:

Maurizio Pallante – La decrescita felice – Editori Riuniti 2005

Riccardo Dalisi – Decrescita, Architettura della Nuova Innocenza – Edizioni Corraini 2009


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