SOM designs “new skyline” for port area of Sri Lanka’s largest city

SOM has won a competition to design a new district for Sri Lankan city Colombo, with a design featuring numerous skyscrapers, a marina, canals and a park, influenced by the country’s tropical climate. The finance and marina district masterplan was designed by SOM for CHEC Port City Colombo, which is looking to transform 269 hectares of reclaimed land beside Colombo’s

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Asian cities overtaking “impossible” London and “terrible” New York in urban design, says Winy Maas

“Monster cities” in Asia including Seoul, Taipei and Jakarta are racing ahead of western counterparts in terms of architectural vision and urban design quality, according to architect Winy Maas of MVRDV. Maas said that the dynamic mayors of Asian cities were driving dramatic improvements to transport, housing and public space in their cities to cope with

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Barcelona and Amsterdam are world-leading “smart cities” says Jason Pomeroy

Western cities have done a better job of integrating technology into their infrastructure than the new wave of Asian smart cities, according to architect and television presenter Jason Pomeroy. Singapore-based Pomeroy, the architect behind Asia’s first zero-carbon house, claims that Barcelona and Amsterdam are far more successful examples of a smart city than places like Songdo, the new hi-tech satellite city in South Korea.

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“If we’re going to have cities, then we have to invest” says Michelle Obama

Former US first lady Michelle Obama has urged architects to consider working on more community projects in poorer city neighbourhoods, during her keynote at the 2017 AIA conference this week. In her first public appearance since leaving the White House, Obama called on American architects to focus efforts on work that will benefit those in

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Cities are “deeply tragic” says Rem Koolhaas

Architects have lost control of city design according to Rem Koolhaas, who says the gap between the profession’s rhetoric and the reality is wider in Italy than anywhere else. Speaking at a conference during Milan design week, the OMA founder said that Italy was “tortured” by this situation. “The architecture profession thought not so long ago that it knew how

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“MIPIM is one big performance with the purpose of speaking cities into existence”

Is it possible to speak buildings into being? The exhibitors at annual property fair MIPIM may try, but they need to come up with far more extreme fictions, says Sam Jacob in his latest Opinion column. “The beginning, as every one knows, is of supreme importance in everything, and particularly in the founding and building of a city,” so says

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Sewage-sampling robots could help eliminate diseases in cities, says MIT architect Carlo Ratti

Robots could soon be infiltrating urban sewage systems to identify potential outbreaks of disease before they happen, according to architect and MIT professor Carlo Ratti (+ interview). Ratti’s team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has created a prototype robot called Luigi, which is able to collect samples from city sewers, as part of a project More

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Penda unveils vision for bamboo city made from interlocking modular components

Architecture studio Penda has unveiled new CGI renderings detailing its vision for a city of 200,000 people that would be creating using an innovative modular bamboo structure. Penda, a Beijing- and Vienna-based studio, believes its design for structures built from interlocking horizontal and vertical bamboo rods could be used to sustainably build the infrastructure of an […]

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“The smart city blinds us to the possibility of political action”

Opinion: the limitless prosperity once promised by urbanisation has failed to materialise, leaving rapidly growing inequality in its wake. It will take more than some clever technology to solve the problems with the world’s biggest cities, says Reinier de Graaf. Urbanisation was supposed to be the world’s quick ticket to prosperity. The average urban dweller […]

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SOM unveils vision of new Egyptian capital for seven million people

Architecture firm SOM has released its masterplan for a new privately funded capital city for Egypt – a 700-square-kilometre development that will boast one of the world’s largest urban parks and over 100 new residential neighbourhoods (+ slideshow). The Capital Cairo project envisions a new administrative and financial capital that would extend Cairo eastwards to […]

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Egypt plans new capital city covering 700 square kilometres

Egypt is to unveil plans for a vast new privately funded administrative capital for seven million residents that would extend Cairo eastwards to the coast of the Red Sea. The Capital Cairo project, due to be launched today by Mostafa Madbouly, Egypt’s housing minister, at a development conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, would involve creating a new urbanised […]

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Spiralling underwater cities could make oceans inhabitable by 2030

News: underwater cities with infrastructure networks spiralling down into the depths of the oceans could be a reality as soon as 2030, according to a Japanese construction company. The conceptual Ocean Spirals could descend by up to 2.5 miles below the oceans’ surface to create self-sustaining underwater communities that could be home to up to […]

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