The world’s population is growing rapidly. Currently, 55% of the population lives in urban areas, a percentage that is likely to reach 68% in 2050. Space is becoming increasingly scarce, which means that the use of space needs to be much more efficient and effective. Managing densification and retaining urban quality are the tasks of today’s architect, developer and urban planner. The city of the future will be in constant transformation and will seek creative solutions to tailor-made housing and mixed-use environments, in which the identity of the city is not determined by characteristic buildings, but by the facilities that it incorporates. In our current day and age, buildings shape our social life and are vital for the exchange of knowledge. The contemporary urban environment requires a higher densification of usages and the ability to facilitate and enable social contact.
The constant and rapidly transforming and densifying city is a new development in contemporary architecture and urbanism. We believe that long-term visions on architecture and urbanism will not provide a solution to dealing with this phenomenon, as the future is unpredictable. Our current society demands that architecture evolves beyond rigid structures and, subsequently, that urbanism shifts from being identified with the physical entity of the city and more towards a placemaking approach. This is the starting point for our research on EVOLUTIONARIES: evolutionary architecture, architecture that is constantly in motion, adaptive architecture through time, responding to change and sustainable due to its flexibility and 24/7 use. NOAHH considers EVOLUTIONARIES, a project initiated in celebration of the office’s five-year anniversary, a catalyst and a part of a larger whole, a platform for bringing together a larger network. Organizing this program will attract new partners, stimulate new collaborations, experiments and crossovers, and provide space for innovation and research aimed at the future of architecture.
Program Detroit • Milan • Amsterdam • Cape Town • Wuhan
NOAHH will organize a series of workshops and debates, which will be held at different locations worldwide. The findings will be presented in a final exhibition and will be accompanied by a publication, which will serve as a reference work. We explore the theme further by involving regional researchers, platforms, cultural hubs, architects and universities, and the program will be developed in collaboration with a local partner. Conducting research in these different locations will create an extra dimension, as the reflection will contain various cultural and contextual perspectives. This interactive set-up is of added value for the publication and the exhibition because it ensures a greater exchange of knowledge.
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