4 WORK FIELDS



More Than Green assumes that to build is no longer to edify. Similarly, M.T.G. understands that architecture is not the buildings, but the situations and events that occur in them. In this sense, the construction of the urban environment has to do not only with the built, but with other areas of intervention of different nature and scope, all operating simultaneously and complementarily. However, they share the same goal: the transformation of urban reality. These are: Architecture, Art, Politics and Technology.

We would like to clarify that, in the context of this project and in order to simplify the terminology, by “Architecture” we mean any intervention that involves a transformation of the physical environment at any scale, from a building to the entire city, including installations, parks, infrastructures, etc. So, we would be referring to both the architecture of the city (urban planning, for example) and the architecture of parks and gardens (landscaping), architectural infrastructures (perhaps called by others as engineering) as well as to ephemeral architecture, architectural devices, etc.

Meanwhile, we refer to “Politics” as all actions undertaken by both institutions and the citizenship at large in response to the demands of society, whose purpose is exclusively the transformation of the social environment and not the physical. Here we would be referring to education and awareness campaigns promoted by any agent, participatory processes or citizen empowerment as well as to any type of activism, etc.

Finally, while “Technology” has little to clarify, we would like to point some issues regarding “Art.” Although in many cases the boundary between this and “Architecture” can become fuzzy, especially in those that do transform the physical urban environment, within the field of “Art” we would include those cases whose purpose is not so much the transformation of the environment but the subjective expression of the author. In other words, the city and / or its “architecture” are not used as an end but as a means for transmitting a concept around sustainability.

However, we insist that the four fields can and should operate jointly in the urban environment. In fact, in many of the selected cases transversalities are common. Equally, some work fields meet others. This interdisciplinary approach is, therefore, both a fact of the M.T.G. Encyclopedia of Good Practices and a conviction which, together with the 4 sustainabilities and 9 domains- articulates the holistic, relational, creative and, ultimately, the ecological approach of this platform.