Over half the world’s population now lives in urban settlements. The UN estimates that by 2030, urban areas will house 60 per cent of people globally. With this comes new architecture to question and highlight these developments, house large numbers of people, and bring about new forms of research on the matter – such as the resilience of current urbanized areas. Here are five projects that do just so.
MORE and AIM challenge traditional Chinese urbanism
Photo Dirk Weiblen
JIAXING – Ten years ago, the city was a mass of agricultural land. Now, it is surrounded by industrial buildings and residential compounds.
Hashim Sarkis introduces functionality to a World Heritage Site
Photo Courtesy of the Architect
BYBLOS – World Heritage site Byblos, often referred to as one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, has got a modern addition.
Jacques Ferrier unveils new urban development in the French Riviera
Photo Luc Boegly
MONTPELLIER – Inspired by Mediterranean iconography, a Paris firm contributes a multi-purpose complex to the development of France's fastest growing city.
MIT reveals innovative design for urban resilience
Photo MIT Urban Risk Lab
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.
Fuensanta House by MUKA Arquitectura sanctifies the urban
Photo Javier Callejas
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.
You can see all of our Urbanization projects here.