Towards the end or against the end? Facing the fate of exclusion, where are the grounds for utopia, inverting social power and privilege to favor commonalities? Wicked issues reflect our difficulties to recognize urban planning as a process acknowledging the relevance of transitional uses, challenging both space and time scales, retrofitting conventional narratives, adapting derelict places for a desired future. Brownfield sites, celebrating non-quantifiable values for a limited period, reinvested by a network of alternative economies, socio-cultural and artistic activities, show the fragmentation of urban processes. Echoing the uncertainty of our environment, non-linear thinking encourages ephemeral experimentations and their right to fail.
Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. (Samuel Beckett, 1983)