Our Cities Ourselves

By Matthew


The Institute for Transportation & Development Policy (ITDP) asked ten leading architecture firms to envision ten of the world’s most exciting cities in 2030. What do all of these cities have in common? They have the potential to be leaders within urban planning, revolutionizing how public transportation, cars and pedestrians interact, all while utilizing space to its maximum capacity. Most of the cities are in developing nations, such as Dar es Salaam, Ahmedabad, Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro, giving them the advantage of learning from the trials and tribulations of further developed cities, and leapfrogging past mistakes. These cities will also experience the highest population growth over the next 20 years, making transformation extremely necessary to accommodate the expansion. Architects participating in the exhibit include Adjaye Associates, Terreform and Michael Sorkin Studio, Fábrica Arquitetura and CAMPO aud, Urbanus Architecture & Design and PALO Arquitectura Urbana. The show is at The Center for Architecture in New York, until September 11th, AIA’s New York center. Following, the exhibition will most likely go on a world tour after, giving many more people the opportunity to learn what can be done with our cities when we design them ourselves. The combinations of these exceptional architects with diverse and spreading cities will surely make for revolutionary visions.

Considering over 60 percent of the world’s population living in cities by 2030, the American Institute for Architecture’s (AIA) 2011 National Convention has been given the title Regional Design Revolution: Ecology Matters. The convention will explore how economic, cultural, social and environmental elements must combine in communities, and how sustainability is central to achieving this. Submissions on urban planning and design presentations for the convention are due by July 1st.

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