In June 1975, travellers arriving to New York City were handed pamphlets by members of the police force. Their title, printed along a chilling illustration of a hooded skull, read “Welcome to Fear City”
In recent years, the once-dreamy beach town of Sihanoukville on the southern coast of Cambodia has become a casino-ridden hub for Chinese investment.
We navigate the city as passive inhabitants, moving from one organization to the other, one order to the other, from brutalism to neoclassicism. Systematically we fail to critically engage with our surroundings. We walk by St Paul’s Cathedral, by the British Museum or the V&A. We see their grandeur, their overwhelming amount of detail….
Cape Town’s water crisis serves as a case study to discuss how technological fixes fail to address pre-existing inequalities and power relations, and do so by distracting attention away from political solutions
With an unprecedented urbanisation rate, cities of the 21st century are facing a new set of challenges. Some cities face basic resource scarcity or are required to constantly adapt their infrastructures because of high population growth. Given the high number of coastal cities, many are, or will be, impacted by the effects of climate change….
Berlin has been running alien reconstruction policies since the nineties. Now that the city’s arty lifestyle makes it increasingly attractive, it is struggling to balance the books while at the same time preserving its authenticity.
For our second issue, we wanted to offer a broad perspective of 21st century urban challenges. In 2007, for the first time in our history, the majority of the world population lived in an urban area and this urbanisation trend is showing no sign of slowing down. As a matter of fact, the near totality…