ArchDaily Celebrates World Cities Day: 23 Unmissable Articles on Cities and Urbanism

Last year the UN General Assembly issued a resolution to “designate 31 October, beginning in 2014, as World Cities Day.” A legacy of the Expo 2010 Shanghai, the first World Cities day is being hosted today in Shanghai, with the aim of focusing on global urbanization and encouraging cooperation among countries to solve and promote sustainable urban development worldwide.

“In a world where already over half the population lives in urban areas, the human future is largely an urban future, said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on the importance of World Cities Day. “We must get urbanization right, which means reducing greenhouse emissions, strengthening resilience, ensuring basic services such as water and sanitation and designing safe public streets and spaces for all to share.  Liveable cities are crucial not only for city-dwellers but also for providing solutions to some of the key aspects of sustainable development.”

To celebrate World Cities day, we’ve rounded up 23 articles that you can’t miss on critical issues relating to our cities, ranging from to addressing equality and creative solutions for integrating cycling into our cities.

Think we’ve missed something? Let us know in the comments below.

Budapest Underground Line M4 – Bikás Park Station / PALATIUM Studio

© Tamás Bujnovszky

Architects: PALATIUM Studio
Location: Budapest, Tétényi Way,
Architects In Charge: Zoltán Erő, Balázs Csapó, Dóra Brückner, Zsolt Kosztolányi, Máté Antal
Area: 6180.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Tamás Bujnovszky

Roomroom / Takeshi Hosaka

© Koji Fujii / Nacasa&Pertners Inc.

Architects: Takeshi Hosaka
Location: Itabashi, Tokyo,
Area: 72.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Koji Fujii / Nacasa&Pertners Inc.

Incheon Children Science Museum / HAEAHN Architecture + Yooshin Architects & Engineers + Seongwoo Engineering & Architects

© Park Young-chae

Architects: HAEAHN Architecture, Yooshin Architects & Engineers, Seongwoo Engineering & Architects
Location: 108-1 Bangchuk-dong, Gyeyang-gu, , South Korea
Area: 14998.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Park Young-chae

House in Nagatoro / CASE-REAL

© Hiroshi Mizusaki

Architects: CASE-REAL
Location: Saitama, Saitama,
Area: 119.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Hiroshi Mizusaki

Santiago Calatrava Breaks Ground on Church at 9/11 Memorial Site

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Construction has begun on Santiago Calatrava’s Saint Nicholas National Shrine on the World Trade Center site in New York. A “tiny jewel” for lower Manhattan, as referred by Calatrava, the white Vermont marble shrine will be based around a translucent central Cupola that illuminates from within. 

More images and an updated construction image of Calatrava’s neighboring transportation hub, after the break.

Bates Smart Sydney Studio / Bates Smart

© Brent Winstone

Architects: Bates Smart
Location: 43 Brisbane Street, NSW 2010,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Brent Winstone

World’s Tallest Twin Towers Planned for Dubai

© Emaar Properties and Holding; Courtesy of Gizmodo

Developers Emaar Properties and Dubai Holdings have unveiled a new mega development planned for Dubai, dubbed Dubai Creek Harbour. Though no official architects have been named, the 6 million-square-meter masterplan is designed to be three times larger than downtown Dubai and will include the world’s tallest twin towers.

Munich Botanical Garden Entrance Building / Kunze Seeholzer

© Jann Averwerser

Architects: Kunze Seeholzer
Location: Menzinger Straße 65, 80638 Munich,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jann Averwerser , Herbert Stolz

Michael Graves School of Architecture to Open in 2015

Graves-designed University building planned for Wenzhou. Image © School of Architecture

Kean University has announced plans to open a new architecture school based on the design philosophy of Michael Graves. Following the footsteps of a man who laments the “loss of drawing,” the new Michael Graves School of Architecture will prioritize hand drawings as a key to design process.

“In our technologically savvy world, to this day, Michael Graves’ philosophy is to draw by hand first so that the students see, ‘feel’ and experience the new building spatially. Then, only after the drawing is complete will the students transfer the design to a computer so that the computer becomes an execution tool, not an ideation tool,” describes acting dean and former student of Graves, David Mohney.

Stephen Hawking Centre at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics / Teeple Architects

© Tom Arban

Architects: Teeple Architects
Location: 31 Caroline Street North, Waterloo, ON N2L 6B9,
Area: 55000.0 ft2
Year: 2011
Photographs: Tom Arban , Scott Norsworthy , Shai Gil

Fly Through Milan’s 2015 Expo Site in Progress With the Help of a Drone

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Construction is entering into the final stages for Expo Milan 2015, with just over six months left in the five-year build. A quick fly through shows the centrepiece Italian Pavilion nearing structural completion, with national and corporate pavilions making steady progress. The video is the fifth in a series of drone-led tours of the site, created in partnership between Expo Milan and Telecom Italia.

Find out more and watch the remaining four videos after the break 

St Teresa’s Academy Windmoor Center / Gould Evans

© Assassi Productions

Architects: Gould Evans
Location: 5600 Main Street, , MO 64113, USA
Area: 10650.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Assassi Productions, Courtesy of , Michael Spillers Photography

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How Kunlé Adeyemi “Engages the Local and Specific To Have a Powerful Effect on a Global Level”

Makoko Floating School / NLÉ Architects. Image © Iwan Baan

Kunlé Adeyemi, the 38 year-old former disciple of Rem Koolhaas, made headlines last year with his Makoko Floating School, which enabled better access to education a slum community in . In this profile of Adeyemi and his Practice NLÉ Architects, originally published by Metropolis Magazine, Avinash Rajagopal explores what drives the young architect, explaining why he was selected as one of 10 designers in Metropolis Magazine’s 2014 New Talent list.

When the Makoko Floating School was completed in March 2013, it received wildly enthusiastic critical acclaim from the international news media. The simple A-frame structure, buoyed by recycled plastic barrels in a lagoon in Lagos, Nigeria, was designed by NLÉ, a Lagos- and Amsterdam-based studio founded by the architect Kunlé Adeyemi. The project, intended as a model for how Lagos’s floating community could build simple, sustainable structures for themselves, subsequently faced a few challenges. One of the biggest was winning over local officials, who simply did not know what to make of such a building.

Biomuseo / Gehry Partners

© Fernando Alda

Architects: Gehry Partners
Location: Amador Causeway, ,
Architect In Charge: Frank Gehry
Design Team: Elmer Barco, Danelle Briscoe, Vartan Chalikian, Tina Chee, Denise Disney, Sam Gehry, Jose Gonzalez, Kerenza Harris, Jeremy Leman, Chris Mercier, George Metzger, Nathaniel Nacionales, Scott Natvig, Michael O’Boyle, Markus Sohst, Armando Solano
Exhibition Design: Bruce Mau Design
Area: 4100.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Fernando Alda

Studio Octopi Proposes Floating Swimming Pool in the Thames

The latest iteration of the design proposed for Victoria Embankment. Image © Studio Octopi / Picture Plane

A proposal to create a floating swimming pool in the Thames river will step up a gear tomorrow, as Studio Octopi will present their design for the Thames Baths at the Guardian’s World Cities Day Challenge. Originally created as part of the Architecture Foundation’s competition to design ways to reconnect Londoners with the river, the Thames Baths design has gained momentum over the last year, with a recent iteration of the design proposed for London‘s Victoria Embankment.

More on the design after the break

Preston Bus Station to Become a Youth Centre Under New Proposal

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A proposal to ensure the future of Preston Bus Station could see part of the structure converted into a youth centre, as part of a £23 million renovation. The proposal by the building’s owners, Lancashire County Council, involves halving the number of bus bays used by the structure to 40, freeing up the western end of the building for other uses, including a sports hall, climbing wall, art centre and outdoor sports pitches.

In addition to the youth centre, the £23 million budget covers renovation to the existing structure and improvements to the surrounding highway. Funding for the proposal will come partly from the council and partly from Youth Zone.

More on the proposal after the break