ON THE URBAN DESIGN OF ARCHITECTURE


Everything we build is now urban.

In 2007, for the very first time, the majority of the world’s population live in cities. Whether this is regarded as a mere statistic, or conjures up images of uncontrolled mega-cities on the verge of environmental disaster, it impacts on the architectural profession in ways yet to be defined. At the same time as this global trend towards urbanisation, we are all becoming integrated into larger systems, both planned and unplanned, that bind us together: travel, lifestyle choices, technology, environmental awareness, CNN and cultural identity – all are expanding our field of vision with a wide angle lens, with ‘Google Earth’ as a zoom function!

A new collective living condition is emerging that requires us to rethink how we design our buildings, for cities that never seem to end. This phenomenon of worldwide connectivity brings more and more responsibilities, and requires more and better responses, as people experience the city in a multiplicity of ways. So how should architects respond? And how do the complexities that come with this ever increasing urbanisation become the basis for an architectural practice?

Our response is to seek to create deeper, more diverse ways of working, consistent with this process of total urbanization. If the city is becoming more and more the condition that unites us, and global mobility the means that binds us, we need to pursue new ways of working that accommodate the increased complexities of the built environment. To shift the emphasis from solving singular problems to searching for the right questions.

Location: La Galerie in Paris, DAZ in Berlin, Architecture Centre in London, Dublin
Year: 2006 - 2008
Status: Exhibition
Client: Stimuleringsfonds voor Architectuur and Fonds voor Beeldende Kunsten, Vormgeving en Bouwkunst