Ramon Esteve works at his own studio changing how we understand housing and redesigning the idea of what a home is. With his innovative vision and his team, he has a perfect understanding of how the cities could evolve into better places to grow in.
We had an insightful conversation with him speaking about what a city is and what it should be in the future. Here’s the result:
What role do bicycles have on the cities’ development?
Well, it’s clear that cities’ development are usually made by means of transportation, cars, and everything. Right now you’ve got the traditional bicycles but there’s also the electric ones, bikes nonetheless, that are more sustainable and uses fewer resources. This must be the path to follow as far as transportation within the city goes. What we call smart cities today have a lot of bike culture and that’s something to think about.
Do you think cities are evolving towards sustainability?
What cities? Cause that’s key. We’ve got to look at the right models and the right cities to make the change we want to see. There’s already a sustainable model out there but we must focus and take the right path. Cities that develop into greater entities with great metropolitan areas, they have a different structure and yes they usually take the way of sustainability, of humanizing the environment. That is, I think, a logical evolution. You’ve got resources, and we’re getting more and more aware of how life quality is being affected by growth, so you take measures to solve that. What measures?
Regaining the space we lost to cars and big roads and replacing them with kinder spaces. That’s the essence. A natural evolution. All the smart cities thing it’s about improving our life quality and the spaces that surround us.
Really it’s a matter of rationalization, of conscience and evolution. Either we are dominating or dominat-ed. That’s the state of the art.
There’s a lot of things that take action into this evolution. Lots of disciplines. What does architecture have to offer for this change?
What architecture can do by itself is making people, society – cause we’re the ones who choose the people that take decisions -, that this society becomes more conscious. It’s difficult because there are so many habits created around this: everyone chooses the car to go from door to door. Only the cities where this is impossible are beginning the change. Cities saturated with cars, they’re looking for alternatives. But we must predict and plan ahead of this.
Ramon Esteve, RE_E
At Closca we believe a lively, cheerful city will be the expression of a dynamic and creative society, while a cold, gray, motionless city, will probably be home to a majority of people demonstrating no special motivations.