Cities are at once assemblages of buildings that solicit memory and association, and sedimentations of the flows of infrastructure and economic exchange. The former statement characterizes urbanism as a function of its legibility, the latter through its performance. And while these two conceptions are not incommensurable, more often than not each has announced its importance through the exclusion of the other. Against this trend, City/School, an entry to the 2011 Cleveland Design Competition, is a study in the parallel engagement of these two intellectual lineages. Insisting on the importance of each, the project sets a trajectory towards an architecture of figured flows and articulated economies.
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