The industrial city must become completely transformed into the e-polis, the city of XXI century, hyperconnected, informational and structured based on distributed intelligence. This transformation must go on at the same time with a mutation that allows finding a real place on the human scale. By means of the concept of urban intensity, it would have to be possible to establish this new glance on the city in this sense. The intense city is organized around three axes: density, to release productive ground; compactness, to create a powerful relation between the streets and the buildings, and complexity, based by the relations between the public space and the nature that are going to articulate the totality of the territory.
An urbanism of devices
To obtain all this, we must work with a new scale, the scale 1: heart. The human dimension indicates the way that must guide the urban fact, so that the public space becomes a chance to reformulate this necessity. We have to work on the public space like a true infrastructure that articulates the territory, this means that we must operate from an urbanism of devices, an open source planning strategy, according to Saskia Sassen, an urbanism of open code that allows to develop resilience, that adapts to the diversity and the indetermination of our society.
The essence of the change has changed says Peter Buchanan. The challenge is so, to learn to un-learn. Facing the urbanalization of our cities, caused by the globalization according to the concept coined by Francesc Muñoz, it is necessary to redouble the attention on the premises and to conceive projects, that make arise the locus, the forces and the energies of the existing, to register the urban in a lasting continuity that allows us to dream about an amiable and loving city.


Archikubik, architecture and urbanism office, founded in Barcelona in 2000 by MARC CHALAMANCH, MIQUEL LACASTA and CARMEN SANTANA, is formed by an international and interdisciplinary team who works in a context of R+D+I, from @kubik space.

Their process of urban and architectural work is part of the conciliation between public space PS and shared private space SPS, in order to rethink the social commitment, the economic potential, the cultural identity, the technological development and finally the political involvement (from polis), all these issues belonging to the contemporary urban debate. To formalize this balance, their projects are developed from the human capital to secure the basis of cities and metropolitan territory rebirth. Their research focuses on a broad interpretation of the idea of landscape as a design tool, in order to create an organoleptic environment.

Currently they are developing architecture and urbanism projects, of public and private nature in France, Switzerland and Spain.