Visible and Invisible Processes and Flows of Time-Space of Architectural and Urban Continuity of the City

Velimir Stojanović


The structures and the functions of a city, its morphology, numerous elements of created places have an identity recognisable in the past, present and future. This identity is visible and noticeable. It is remembered and its represents the picture of a city at any chosen time and space. It is present and repeatable both in real time and space and in our imagined world. It represents a sum of chosen pictures of space in a certain time. The subjective experience of the city (place) is thus equalled with the discontinuity of processes and flows of the city development and what a city is and what it should be. Spatially – time continuity of the development of the city is much more complicated and complex picture that, unfortunately, is not visible and memorised enough unless based on deeper analytical procedure and supported by technical – technological systems of contemporary simulation and modelling of space and time. The city is a continuous creation where only the part of its reality and our experience is visible. The other part consists of invisible processes that maintain this continuity and that need not be clearly visible and familiar. They are obtained by mentioned analyses of integrated space and time (space-time) and represent a sort of balance to the visible state of a city structure. The architects and urbanists, but also other participants in the creation and maintenance of city content need that balance in the process of giving thought out procedures and guidelines for planning and design where the knowledge on the relation of causes and consequences is inevitable.


processes; visible; invisible; continuity; city

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