Cities are constantly growing and constantly changing. New building are built every day, other building are erased from the landscape making new available space for new forms and constructions. The city is always reinventing itself on the hands of people who live in, or who thinks about it by any reason: professional, institutional, or simply emotionally.
Our cities are an extension of ourselves and part of our lifes and history, that why many emblematic building are kept independently of it’s state. Walking on the streets of Lisbon we can find its downtown, UNESCO’s World Heritage, where fasades are rescued to the time erosion, letting new building grow behind. This is a common practice in new urban planning, but there are other forms to keep key points of a city, on our memories and horizont.
It has been almost a year from now that in the Swiss City of Zurich an emblematic building had walked. A 6200 tones of history had change it’s location to let a new communication rail walk around. It was only a few meters but they completely moved the Head Quarter of Swiss Prime Site which was already kept of demolition under public request. The translocation of 60 mr was a great exercice of engineer as we can see explained on the video below.
Cities, on this way, keep their elements and as well they change their form or landscape without modify their constituent elements. This could be understood as a urban lifting if it the building remains on the same city, or it could be understood as an implant if we thing on cases where the building or elements such as sculptures, are relocated to different destinations.
We have examples of the Temple of Debod in Madrid, which is as well Heritage of the Humanity. We can read his kind of urban transmutations as the human deep wish of keep our history or enrich it with a glamorous past. We are related to the place were we live and we develop emotions to those elements that compose our daily visual-track, concept similar to that soundtrack of the films… but formed by images captured by our own, and coded and merged with our emotions on our walking. This could be what Michael de Certeau was trying to explain on his work “The Practice of Everydays life” but applied on a world that ultrapassed his expectations.
Let’s keep our eyes open, let’s remember our cities.