Envisioning a Sustainable Urban Future with an Architecture Exhibition

July 21, 2010

The future of our planet and ecosystem seem to be in jeopardy according to most scientists, and it doesn’t help when there are catastrophic events like the BP oil spill to speed up the process. Despite all the gloom and doom, “Our Cities Ourselves: The Future of Transportation in Urban Life” is an exhibition that celebrates the future and urbanism as well.

Ten of the world’s leading architects show how the integration of urban planning and transport can enable cities to thrive through population growth in a new exhibition at the Center for Architecture. “Our Cities Ourselves is a partnership between ITDP and some of the world’s most innovative architects, to help us imagine our cities freed from the devastating effects of accommodating rapid motorization,” says Walter Hook, Executive Director of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP).

Merging the needs of any city such as transportation and dwelling; each of ten visions is uniquely shaped to fit a distinct urban culture: Ahmedabad, Budapest, Buenos Aires, Dar es Salaam, Guangzhou, Jakarta, Johannesburg, Mexico City, New York City, and Rio de Janeiro.

What lessons can be learned by studying ten cities on six continents? Some cities in the developing world are leapfrogging over the mistakes of developed cities, while older cities are creatively responding to their existing infrastructure. The exhibition shows how every city can
benefit if it puts sustainable transportation at the heart of its planning.

The exhibition will be on view from June 24 to September 11, 2010 at the Center for Architecture in New York City (536 LaGuardia Place, NYC). before traveling to China, Brazil,  and. Mexico. “Architects are interested in more than buildings,” explained Rick Bell, FAIA, Executive Director of
the Center for Architecture and the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter. “As a community, we are committed to making cities work, and toward that end, transportation design is integral to our future.”

Source: Center for Architecture Media Kit

Photo Source: Center for Architecture Media Kit


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Susie Kim-Carberry

Susie Kim-Carberry is a professional writer who's been featured in numerous publications, both in print and online. She started as a features writer for The Bayonet Newspaper in 1997 and studied print journalism at the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Media. Kim-Carberry is currently focusing on online media as a freelance writer, content producer and also serves as a site editor for Important Media. A self-confessed travel addict, her other equally important job is being a semi-crunchy mom to her two daughters. She tries to maintain a balanced life through her yoga practice and secretly dreams of being a Parisian one day.
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