If end-of-year memes are anything to go by, there’s a certain prevailing sense that 2016 was, to put it lightly, a difficult year. As we look ahead to 2017, what actions can the architecture and design communities take to build smart cities for a better future?
Here are five looming global challenges, and the ways that architects, designers, and cities are looking to address them—in 2017 and beyond.
Solution: Create new housing models that put people first.
As economics drive more and more people to urban centers, particularly in the developing world, overpopulation and lack of housing are becoming more pressing issues than ever before. And though an estimated two-thirds of the world’s population are expected to live in cities by 2030, few organizations, public or private, are tackling the issue of social housing, the lack of which leaves many people living in dangerous, ad hoc slums.
This is precisely why the architecture world celebrated the selection of Alejandro Aravena, of Chilean “Do Tank” firm Elemental, for the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2016. Rather than designing shiny museums or residential towers, Aravena practices a more grounded form of architecture—one that shares values with open-source computing and balances private commissions with people-focused social projects.
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