Over half the world’s population now lives in urban settlements. Here are five projects that question and highlight urbanization and the issues that arise from it.
JIAXING – Ten years ago, the city was a mass of agricultural land. Now, it is surrounded by industrial buildings and residential compounds.
AMSTERDAM – Droog combines data crowdsourcing with User Centred Design methodologies to create a virtual city of maximum diversity and identity to use as a tool for real world design.
PINGTIAN – In Songyang County, architect He Wei transforms a historic rammed-earth house with equal portions of respect and modernity to welcome travellers at Papa's Hostel.
BYBLOS – World Heritage site Byblos, often referred to as one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, has got a modern addition.
ROTTERDAM – A forward thinking exhibition presents real-world solutions to the challenges of global urbanisation.
HONG KONG – In China, the Dutch architects have just finished a glass building which is the last one in their exploration of glass as a primary material.
CAMBRIDGE – Architects are usually either concerned with creating structures that will prevent the impact of natural forces, or with the reconstruction when these structures fail.
MONTPELLIER – Inspired by Mediterranean iconography, a Paris firm contributes a multi-purpose complex to the development of France's fastest growing city.
MOSCOW – Photographers Denis Esakov and Dmitry Vasilenko set to the skies above the former Soviet Union with the use of a drone to capture previously unseen views.
CIUDAD REAL – MUKA's grand, metropolitan temple of a residence is among the first developments for a vacant southern sector of Spain's Ciudad Real.
UTRECHT – Dutch atelier consolidates Utrecht's city council offices into compact yet emotive structure.
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