The urban is an environment with a powerful material framework: architecture, landscapes, complex relations with natural dynamics, history, not to mention culture. It is also a sum and an association of practices, ways of life, spatialities, imagery, desires and expectations. These two research fields often neglect each other: HRC positions itself at a crossroads between all of these.
Cities are manufactured by a multiplicity of components, where ordinary citizens are relevant actors of change. Their models of urbanity and of society play a decisive role in shaping urban planetary dynamics. This position requires reflections at all scales and at multiple levels: from imagery to the concrete detail of the sidewalk, to the city territory world, from the interaction of people in the public space to flows and mobilities.