Urban Reports is a collective of documentary photographers working on architecture and landscape.
A European network of professionals able to activate partnerships and collaborations at the international level and develop projects and reportages at the urban and territorial scale.
Formed by photographers-architects from various European cities, Urban Reports proposes the use of photography as a visual tool to investigate and explore contemporary landscapes. Born from a common desire to share each other’s professional experience and a vivid passion for urban chronicles, Urban Reports researches and documents today’s urban condition.
Working simultaneously, yet from different contexts, the collective experiences a jointed and multifaceted cooperation that makes photography a reading tool for contemporary territorial identity and a visual evidence of how the habits, society and economy may influence and affect places and the urban space. The collective runs researches and documentation works and provides support to urban and territorial policies.
This is a time of radical changes where the acceleration of urban dynamics, territorial widening and increasing governance and planning systems complexity contribute to the transformation of the landscape. The forms of the space do not express any more values which are recognized and broadly shared. Relentless urbanization, soil consumption, impoverishment and depopulation of rural areas, and the resulting socio-economic impact on the environment, come along with climate change’s effects and massive migration phenomena.
In addition the emergence of new economies, energy innovation, sustainable mobility, internet and big data are all factors which contribute to change the identity of our landscapes determining a dynamic redefinition of their collective imaginary. But how much do we know about our contemporary landscapes? How can we describe them? How to contribute to recompose a new territorial narrative?
Urban Reports "seeks to recover a more concrete landscape experience [..] looking at the landscape as the true object of observation and exploration, free from movement, sounds and characters."
A working method to observe and understand territorial dynamics in support of other disciplines and in cooperation with commonly used tools such as demographic, socio-economic data and GIS. The goal is to contribute to the design process encouraging the reflection on the identity of the places and their possible scenarios of transformation. On the one hand, this approach opens up to new perspectives and new possibilities for analysis; on the other hand, it is powerful means of communication that can nurture a new collective imaginary and build a territorial narrative capable of reaching out a broad variety of actors and stakeholders, such as professionals working in the urban planning field, including a wider public.
Our approach lays on the awareness of the relevance of working together and in synergy with other disciplines. The multidisciplinarity and the contamination of different and diverse methods are the founding elements of our action.
For each project, we activate local and international partnerships and cooperation, we compare different perspectives to encourage a joint and plural reflection starting with the "slow and silent" analysis of documentary photography.
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