Architecture and City planning
More and more people around the world live in cities, thus resulting in a concentrated consumption of resources in urban areas.
For quite a while now, the finite nature of fossil fuels has been acknowledged and international politics are focused on global climate change. In the future, what can architecture and urban planning contribute to ensuring a secure supply of resources in the cities and a high quality of life?
The Upper Rhine Valley recognized early on that purchasing power is removed from city centers when large super - markets with enormous parking lots are built on onceopen fields. Today, the mission statement for urban planning in the region is “a city of short distances” in which residents don’t need a car to get to work or go shopping.
Growing cities with limited space for construction are dependent on internal development and the utilization of former industrial, commercial, or military areas. This results in an interesting mix of old and new buildings and neighborhoods with a special flair.
Today, the active participation of citizens plays a huge role in all urban planning and ensures the necessary identification of residents with their living environment.