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Les imaginaire urbains et le futur de la ville.

Abstract : The thesis constitutes a revision of the concept of urban imaginary based on the ideas of Cornelius Castoriadis, moving them from the field of political action to urban studies, enriching it through postcolonial studies produced in recent decades. This allows us to review the role of the urban imaginary in the construction of ideas about the city in the southern hemisphere. A second task will be to try a redefinition of the intervention tools in the city, from tools such as the urban plan, the urban project, tactical urbanism, architecture, among others, to adapt them to the reality and needs of post-colonial capitals.The main hypothesis of the research assumes that the problems of the cities that have undergone colonization processes are not a consequence of the absence of projects, the lack of technical, economic ir professional resources. The problem lies in the collective unconscious, built and structured from the colonization process, where a symbolic order has settled that builds a postcolonial mentality.Since 15th century, the city has been an essential device for the consolidation process and also the means of preserving the colonial after the independence processes, it is necessary to build a notion of urban imaginary that affirms the project autonomy and gies the city the opportunity to push the decolonization process.To develop this hypothesis, it is divided into three, based on the proposition of Albert Memmi, who highlights how any colonization process involves detaching the colonized subject from its temporal thread. To this postulate is added the usurpation generated by alienation over their own territory, and, finally, from the interaction with the colonizer, the subject ends up astonished from himself. These three consequences of the colonial require processes of reappropriation of the urban, thus, the thesis tries in each of its parts to decipher the relationships between the urban imaginary instituted in postcolonial societies and temporality in the first part, territoriality in the second part and, finally, the encounter with oneself in the last.FAced with dislocation, distancing and estrangement, it is necessary to oppose various appropriation processes, from rewriting, re-centering, restructuring, re-identifying or resymbolization the urban imagination, capable of altering the already instituted symbolizations, with the aim of demonstrate the possibilities of overcoming existing problems, based on an epistemological review of certain urban concepts and the restructuring of the tools and devices of intervention in the city, in particular the urban plan, the urban project, the public space and the architecture.
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Luis Rodriguez Rivero. Les imaginaire urbains et le futur de la ville.. Architecture, aménagement de l'espace. Université Paris-Saclay, 2021. Français. ⟨NNT : 2021UPASK004⟩. ⟨tel-03170447⟩



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