Planning overcrowded 2030 megacities from the bottom
The exhibition Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Growing Megacities has just opened at the MoMA.
A 14 months research and exploration effort that involved 6 urban design teams, the exhibition starts from the refrain that by 2025 more than 70% of the world population will be living in urban context, and that there will be at least 37 megacities – cities with more than 10 million inhabitants.
“One number that isn’t referenced often is that two-thirds of that population will be poor”
Pedro Gadanho, curator of the exhibition, told Wired.
Poverty creates informal cities, new layers that overlap the official urban plan and that administrators, citizens have to deal with – especially, well, those citizens who populate this layer.
How can cities be designed in a way that innovation can make life better for the weakest part of the urban population? How can we plan assuming the point of view of the bottom instead of the top?
The 6 teams explored 6 scenarions, in Hong Kong, New York, Rio de Janeiro, Mumbai, Lagos, and Istanbul.
Worth visiting if you are in NYC – until May the 10, 2015.
More info here.
Cover photo by Hwui Zhi- Cheng.