CNU 20 - The Paradox of Emerging Cities





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Published on May 30, 2012

Cities all over the world are transforming at rapid rates,responding to population growth, energy crisis, transportation, and demographic shifts.

Three cities will be discussed in this session:

The low-rise scale of Tel Aviv is changing with the unwelcome entry of high-rise towers. The towers are built on sites adjacent to historic buildings that are being renovated by developers in exchange for exorbitant development rights.

Dubai, a city of superhighways, superblocks and super high-rises, is rapidly developing in a disconnected pattern of homogenous enclaves. This paradigm undermines physical accessibility by pedestrians, automobiles, and public and private transit. The result is an environment with no inherent vibrancy or the sustainability of compact, complex, complete, and equitable urbanism.

Huxindao Island in Xiamen, a major coastal city in southern China, is the site for 2 million square feet of high-density development. This planned community adapts to issues of local culture, climate, technology, and incorporates an architectural vocabulary found in both traditional Chinese and Mediterranean architecture.

Doug S. Kelbaugh, FAIA, Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning, Taubmann College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan
Daniel Solomon, Principal, Daniel Solomon Design Partners
Paul Whalen, AIA, Partner, Robert A.M. Stern Architects LLP


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