Towards Sustainability: Self-organising Communities

Juan Diego Pérez Téllez
C/ Fray Manuel María, 20
11540 – Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Cádiz, Spain

This paper explores the self-organising processes of urban communities supported by the connection of a variety of functional elements on the smaller urban scale through physical interactive elements for social collaboration. These processes acquire a local dimension through the proactive involvement of self-organised communities in the dynamic development of the socio-cultural heritage as an organised context for the evolution of the urban system. This approach is based on the geometrical linkage through permeable membranes, fractal interfaces and urban structures which support a hierarchical organisation of nested scales of urban units providing large scale coherence. The study is delivered through the case-study of a traditional community-based housing system within its urban context, with the aim of identifying linking elements which lead to a certain level of self-organisation, likely to be extrapolated to different urban sets. Finally, these connective elements are considered in a contemporary context so as to provide a design framework towards self-organisation, considering the potential of new technologies.

Keywords: Self-organizing Communities; Socio-cultural Heritage; Social Interaction; Sustainability; Social-urban Flexibility; Socio-geometry.

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