New Urban Realities – AR & VR

Technology is the great economic and societal disruptor, and Virtual Reality (VR) is one of its latest incarnations. What mostly started as a means to create more immerse gaming experiences has since expanded into other fields such as medicine, engineering, architecture, construction and, more recently, urban planning and design. VR is soon to explode in our collective imaginations with the upcoming Spielberg movie Ready Player … Continue reading New Urban Realities – AR & VR

‘Rising’ Seafronts – climate change and human landscapes

I must confess that I have a morbid fascination for dystopian urban environments and fantasy architecture, even when I would rather not have to live in these imagined spaces. But there is a strong possibility that many of us will actually experience a ‘seismic shift’ in the built form of our towns and cities as result of climate change and its scion, sea level rise. … Continue reading ‘Rising’ Seafronts – climate change and human landscapes

The Urban Legacy of Modern Spain – creativity & technique 01

Setting the scene – 2008 Author’s note: this post will be part one of my reflexions on the urban changes in Spain in post GFC world. Part two will delve into the responses to the crises, mostly from built environment professionals. Finally part three will attempt to critically frame the changes in light of emerging transformative trends. We know the numbers, the magnitude, we may … Continue reading The Urban Legacy of Modern Spain – creativity & technique 01

Relation between building typologies & density

The result of the UK’s Urban Task Force‘s endeavours was the much lauded, amongst built environment professionals and urban theorists, Towards and Urban Renaissance which was published in 1999 and despite the intervening 16 years it still has messages that are relevant to us today. Its aim was to investigate how to accommodate a growing tide of housing without dismantling the rural-urban planning framework that the United … Continue reading Relation between building typologies & density