Uneven Growth – MOMA

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Uneven Growth is an exhibition organized by the MOMA that brings together examples of social or bottom-up proposals for seven metropolises in uneven transformation: Hong Kong, Istanbul, Lagos, Mumbai, New York, and Rio de Janeiro.

Given that in 2030 two-thirds of the population will live in cities, there are many problems that this type of metropolises in great transformation will have to deal with: lack of resources, urban design for a growing population, the appearance of new technologies, a high percentage of poor population, etc. In order to face this new situation and look for new urban alternatives, collective efforts are needed. This exhibition brings together the initiatives of urban alternatives proposed not only by institutions, thinkers, and urban designers, but also by society. Therefore, this international debate on how our cities will be design in order to solve all this controversies is essential.

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Apart from this, the website of the exhibition is also an interesting initiative that shows a collection of bottom-up or tactical proposals that improve the experience of the urban inhabitants. These inclusive and sustainable solutions, despite being small scale cases, are relevant to study: they consider not only transform physically the urban spaces, but also look for ways to provide the inhabitants with tools to participate in the economic, productive, cultural, and technological design of the cities.

“Uneven Growth seeks to challenge current assumptions about the relationships between formal and informal, bottom-up and top-down urban development, and to address potential changes in the roles architects and urban designers might assume vis-à-vis the increasing inequality of current urban development. The resulting proposals, which will be presented at MoMA in November 2014, will consider how emergent forms of tactical urbanism can respond to alterations in the nature of public space, housing, mobility, spatial justice, environmental conditions, and other major issues in near-future urban contexts.”

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(via Uneven Growth)

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