The world’s population is growing at a rapid rate. At this moment, more than half of the population lives in urban areas – a percentage that is likely to grow to 68% by 2050. Space is becoming increasingly scarce, which means that the use of space needs to be much more efficient and effective than ever before. Managing densification and retaining urban quality are among the key tasks of today’s architect, developer and urban planner. The city of the future will be constantly evolving and we will need to seek creative solutions to tailor-made housing and mixed-use environments. In future, the identity of the city will not just be determined by iconic buildings, but by the facilities that the city incorporates. Buildings shape our social life and are vital for the exchange of knowledge too. When we think about our contemporary urban environment, it’s important to bear in mind an increasing densification of usages, as well as encouraging the opportunities for people to meet with one another.
The constant and rapidly evolving 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, since the future is so 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.EVOLUTIONARIES is a catalyst and part of a larger whole, a platform for bringing together an extensive network. Organising this programme will attract new partners, stimulate new collaborations, experiments and crossovers, and provide space for innovation and research aimed at the future of architecture.