The Fractal Urban Coherence in Biourbanism: The Factual Elements of Urban Fabric

By Eleni Tracada.

Published by The International Journal of Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design

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During the last few decades, modern urban fabric lost some very important elements, as urban design and planning turned into stylistic aerial views or new landscapes of iconic technological landmarks. Biourbanism attempts to re-establish lost values and balance, not only in urban fabric, but also in reinforcing human-oriented design principles in either micro or macro scale. Biourbanism operates as a catalyst of theories and practices in both architecture and urban design to guarantee high standards in services, which are currently fundamental to the survival of communities worldwide. Human life in cities emerges during connectivity via geometrical continuity of grids and fractals, via path connectivity among highly active nodes, via exchange/movement of people and, finally via exchange of information (networks). In most human activities taking place in central areas of cities, people often feel excluded from design processes in the built environment. This paper aims at exploring the reasons for which, fractal cities, which have being conceived as symmetries and patterns, can have scientifically proven and beneficial impact on human fitness of body and mind; research has found that brain traumas caused by visual agnosia become evident when patterns disappear from either 2D or 3D emergences in architectural and urban design.

Keywords: Biourbanism, Thermodynamic Architectural Models, Complexity and Patterns, Architectural Life and Harmony

The International Journal of Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp.1-17. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.052MB).

Dr. Eleni Tracada

Head and Faculty, Built Environment Research Group, Faculty of Art, Design and Technology, University of Derby, Derby, Derbyshire, UK

Born in Athens, Greece in 1953, Eleni Tracada pursued studies in Architecture in the Faculty of Architecture in Florence, Italy from 1974 to 1980, where she qualified and worked as a self-employed architect from 1983 to 1993. From 1993 to 1996, she studied at the Manchester Metropolitan University and was awarded a Masters of Arts in Interior Design. In December 2007, she was awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education at the University of Leeds; she had been teaching a range of modules in Interior Design in the Leeds College of Art & Design from 2001 to 2007. Currently, she is a University Principal Tutor in Architecture in the School of Built Environment at the University of Derby. Between her commitments with the University of Derby, she moderates and assesses the work of undergraduate and postgraduate students in Interior Architecture of the prestigious Eleni & George Vakalo’ School in Athens, Greece. She is a dedicated researcher in arts, design and architecture. Currently, she is Head of the Built Environment Research Group (B.E.R.G.) and also is involved in educational research projects with international partners, such as the International Society of Biourbanism.