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How will migration influence architecture and the city?

Photo: Fuji, Laura Cristea's cat

Laura Cristea

I have a 1.8x1.8m dining table, most of the time tidy and empty. One thin, copper lamp  stands on this table between its center and one of the corners. When sitting on the table  observing the room, my cat always sits next to the lamp. There is so much space on the  table, but she sits next to this one other element. Her instinct is to have a reference point,  to sit next to. If we would walk in a vast space with one pillar, we would also most probably  position ourselves close to it. Between all humans, and even with animals, we share very  basic space-perception instincts. 
Tokyo, still the most populated city in the world, is so lively, dense and uneven that it feels  part of nature again – a natural cycle of death and rebirth, even though everything is so  artificial. By contrast, many recent European city developments I find too rigid – their  planning and architecture is predictable, shaped by interdictions, alignments and  uniformity, opposing the world of plurality developing before our eyes. 
The possibility to search for a better habitat is our ultimate freedom. Through migration  ideologies mix and disappear, common beliefs get diluted. I see this freedom as a chance for  architects to quit styles and contextual clichés. The basic experience of space could be the  common ground for creating new cultures and new ways of living together in the years to  come. Not as forms of adaptation, but as evolution. 

Laura Cristea is an architect working both in Romania and Switzerland. She studied at  UAUIM in Bucharest and graduated in 2016 from The Oslo School of Architecture. The first  built work is Inverted House in Hokkaido, Japan, developed together with a team from the  same school led by Neven Mikac Fuchs. She worked as a teaching assistant for the studio of  Raphael Zuber in Oslo, at EPF Lausanne and at ETH Zurich. She is also a founding partner of  Pelinu Books

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