London (United Kingdom), 2015
The windowless facades and neglected surrounds of a public library and municipal sports centre dating back to the 1960s acquire centrality and civic representativeness thanks to the addition of a theatrical loggia, the new Virginia Gardens and improved shop fronts along the adjacent main high street.
Kiev (Ukraine), 2016
An empty lot is transformed into a memorial for the victims of the EuroMaidan protests and, on an everyday basis, has a productive role as a self-managed community vegetable garden.
Ablain-Saint-Nazaire (France), 2014
An elliptical structure which seems to hover over the landscape expresses the fragility of peace and shows the names of more than half a million victims of different nationalities who lost their lives during the First World War on the hill of Notre-Dame-de-Lorette.
In partnership with United Nations Habitat III, the conference (14 – 15 July) will investigate how people, institutions, policymakers, investors and designers affect the physical form of cities, and how this impacts on the way we live in them.
The Conference, taking place in Barcelona on the 14 and 15 July, will look at the ways in which the arrival and transit of refugees is currently shaping urban environments across Europe.
Urban sprawl is increasingly untenable. “Eradicating it in favour of liveable, accessible, multi-centred, high-density cities should become a shared global commitment.” Mark Swilling writes for the Guardian Cities ahead of the latest Urban Age Conference in Venice.