The Challenge of the Megacity

Bernardo Fort-Brescia
Principal
Arquitectonica, Miami

No longer confined to the realm of science-fiction, the megacity has arrived; teeming metropolises stretch across the world, and probably no more evident than in the Pearl River Delta, with its interconnected hubs of Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong. This presentation aimed to examine the histories, present state and possible futures of these cities. They have been the drivers of development, innovation, and cosmopolitan cultures; there is nothing to compare for sheer energy and drive. Yet they face ever growing problems: sustainability, climate change, quality of life issues, and the loss of heritage and identity amidst rampant urban growth. Innovative solutions were explored, drawing on Arquitectonica's extensive practice. Examples included Miami's Brickell City Centre; the Seoul IFC; and Guangzhou's Tai Koo Hui and future Zhujiang Plaza. Together, they aimed to show how megacities can rise to the challenges of the 21st century.

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