All over the world, extremely stratified territories have generated specific forms of urbanity. The city territory has been shaped by the slow accumulation of infrastructures, ecological and agrarian manipulations, fine settlement grains, distribution of services, fully productive landscapes, as well as urban life-styles. More than a problem, HRC looks at the city territory as an enormous spatial and natural capital. Its space, with its inner characteristics and stratification, can be designed as a renewable resource.
In this crucial transition where unknown or neglected urban phenomena become fully recognized and acquire the new status of cultural and political objects, rationalizations are always provisional, expressions of power, of technological evolution, led by historical and cultural values. The understanding of the city territory different rationalizations and life-cycles (water management, agriculture techniques, extended mobility, energy production, social structures, urban metabolisms…) is key to the future.