LETTER FROM INDIA: Architects aren’t ready for an urbanized planet

As the demands on the world’s planners grow, academics from around the world gathered at a recent conference and expressed great unease about their ability to prepare the next generation of architects to build for this urban future.

“Every year the urban population increases by 80 million, equivalent to the population of Germany,” said Lars Reutersward, an architect and director of the global division at UN Habitat, the United Nations department that looks at urban development.

“Within that there will be an increase in slum dwellers the size of Holland and Belgium put together – 35 million – every year. This is a complete disaster, and it doesn’t have to happen,” he added.

read the whole atricle on the International Herald Tribune website

ciao Edwin


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