Articles on Urbanization


Mark A-to-Z: U is for Urbanization

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 Island by AIM and MORE. Photos Dirk Weiblen

MORE and AIM challenge traditional Chinese urbanism

JIAXING – Ten years ago, the city was a mass of agricultural land. Now, it is surrounded by industrial buildings and residential compounds.

Social City Exhibition at the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture in Shenzhen. Photo Droog Design

Droog Design utilises virtual reality as a tool to develop actual reality

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.


He Wei treasures the old while introducing something new into China's rural panorama

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.

Local sandstone put to new use.

Hashim Sarkis introduces functionality to a World Heritage Site

BYBLOS – World Heritage site Byblos, often referred to as one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, has got a modern addition.

What do you want next?

The International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam asks the right questions

ROTTERDAM – A forward thinking exhibition presents real-world solutions to the challenges of global urbanisation. 

Nothing but white walls, glass and steel.

133 Wai Yip Street is MVRDV's last exercise in transparency

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.

The off-grid installation is prepared for both everyday and emergency scenarios.

MIT reveals innovative design for urban resilience

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.

The complex responds to the urban identity defining many of Montpellier’s new developments.

Jacques Ferrier unveils new urban development in the French Riviera

MONTPELLIER – Inspired by Mediterranean iconography, a Paris firm contributes a multi-purpose complex to the development of France's fastest growing city.

The Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry by Y. Platonov in Moscow, Russia.

Fifth Façade re-evaluates Soviet international style architecture with a drone

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.

A suspended catwalk presents a horizontal axis to the atrium and links the two gabled volumes.

Fuensanta House by MUKA Arquitectura sanctifies the urban

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.

Lending access to both the new city council offices and the station is an 80-m-wide flight of stairs, beneath which lies a bicycle parking facility also designed by Kraaijvinger.

Kraaijvanger's city council office pirouettes on its toes

UTRECHT – Dutch atelier consolidates Utrecht's city council offices into compact yet emotive structure.