“Context is king”: City-zen’s Craig Martin on how to achieve fossil fuel free cities
On the 8th of december smartcities-infosystem.eu (SCIS) published their interview with City-zen’s Craig Lee Martin (Delft University of Technology) on his roadshows for ‘on-site’ urban intensive workshops that collaborate with institutions and city stakeholders all over the world to propose vital and realizable sustainable City Visions:
SCIS: At each stop of the Roadshow the City-zen team co-creates a sustainable City Vision together with the city and its citizens. What is your city vision?
Craig Lee Martin: For me ‘In the Kingdom of Content, Context is King’. Over two decades in the field of architecture and urban design I can say this is true. Long-term sustainability needs the technological hardware and the creative knowhow of where to apply it (Content), but without contextual sensitivity and understanding it is soulless, disconnected and impersonal. Context is defined as locality, climate, lifestyle, accent, idiosyncrasies of place and people. My City Vision is the harmonious synergy of context and content.