We are on the path of high-speed urbanization. According to United Nations statistics, 55% of the world’s population currently lives in cities. This is expected to grow to 70% by 2050. In the face of various urban problems, creating more lovable cities has become one of mankind’s most unavoidable and complex problems to resolve. American New Urbanism architect Peter Calthorpe once said: “the way we shape cities is a manifestation of the kind of humanity we bring to bear,” and points out the chain effect of urban design. Urban design is not only about planning human settlements. It will also affect the city’s economic vitality, community shaping, environmental impact, and social well-being. The people who live in it are no longer the components of the city but important agents of urban change.
In the “City Catalyst” exhibition area, cross-disciplinary designers and researchers explored the dynamic balance between cities and residents from multiple perspectives, including participatory urban design, open-source environmental pollution monitoring, local production, and sustainable education. MIT researcher Ariel Noyman uses CityScope to reverse the traditional urban design process, and the interactive platform allows all stakeholders to think together on difficult issues such as traffic routes, refugee housing, and urban crime rates at the outset of urban planning; Xin Huachen’s Pollution Ranger makes private cars a part of air pollution monitoring, and he uses Smog Shades to poetically picture the long existing air pollution issues; Joul team from Germany and South Korea focus on children’s sustainable education. They embed the concept of next-generation energy in every young citizen’s mind through hands-on playing.
List of Work
- Ariel Noyman: CityScope
- The Tyre Collective: The Tyre Collective
- Huachen Xin: Pollution Ranger+Smog Shades, CurreTime
- Anna Hing, Fabian Böttcher, Soh Heum Hwang: JOUL
- Luis Fernando Sánchez Barrios, Oscar Andrés Méndez Hernández, Naoto Ricardo, Kobayashi Utsumoto, Viridiana Palma Dominguez, Aniela Mayte Guerrero Hernández: Solar Lamp Collection