The Architect as Urban Care Provider


Mauro Gil Fournier E. is an architect at estudiosic in Madrid, Spain. He can be followed on Twitter @mgilfour or @desdevic. He has written this post first in Spanish for La Ciudad Viva and now in English, for the Polis BLOG.

The text remarks the importance of “urban empathy” and how the architect can become involved in the relational city as a urban care provider. We can read:

Self-care is a sign of knowing oneself. Caring for others, therefore, means getting close to them, knowing and understanding them. Caring for oneself also implies complex relationships with others and always reflects on others. In ancient Greece, Socrates took care of Athenian citizens by inciting them to take care of themselves, and thus caring for each other. Care and knowledge of oneself represents the basis of the ethic of the individual in the Greco-Roman polis, linking the question of caring for the polis to politics.

The complete post can be read at Polis Blog


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