According to Derek Thompson’s article for The Atlantic, the Brookings Institute recently published a ranking of the world’s 200 largest metropolitan economies. The Global MetroMonitor division of the Brookings Institute, published the report on January 2012. In this brief synopsis, he reveals the “10 Fastest-Growing (and Fastest-Declining) Cities in the World”. Among the fastest growing is Santiago, Chile, the only Latin American country in the top 10. The top 10 is primarily populated by Asian countries – China, Turkey and Saudi Arabia all have multiple cities in on the list. Conversly, the tail end of the list is dominated by Western European countries most affected by the economic downturn, with just two cities from the US – Sacramento, California and Richmond, Virginia.
The survey primarily focuses on their economic development comparing income and job growth, to say nothing of the cultural, societal, and political circumstances which may or may not be contributing the dynamism of each city’s economy. Thompson points out, two of the fastest growing cities in the world, Izmir, Turkey and Santiago, Chile are also among the poorest. Developing countries have the most to gain as they join the global economy but it may still be sometime before the economic growth balances a comfortable standard of living. Watch the interview with Alan Berube from MetroMonitor.
With all of that in mind, follow us after the break for a look at the list.
Architects: Kavanagh Tuite Architects
Location: UCD Belfield Campus, Dublin, Ireland
Project Managers: KSN Project Managers, Dublin
Client: UCD Property Services
Engineers: Hanley Pepper Consulting Civil & Structural Engineers, Dublin.M&E
Consultants: Delap& Waller Consulting Engineers, Dublin.
Quantity Surveyors: Kane Crowe Kavanagh, Dublin
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Paul Tierney, Kavanagh Tuite
In typography, the ‘Counter’ is the space contained by letters (this is where monkish Irish Illuminators famously had space to play). For the monks, the space between the letters was as meaningful as the letters themselves. In ‘Counterspace’, the winning proposal by CODA for the Europan 2011 competition in Dublin, the linear forms of the traditional rows are transformed and interwoven to create a range of counterspaces: from enclosed collective space for safe children’s play, to urban plaza for adults’ lattés. Just like on the 19th century street of industrial terraced Dublin, the life of the community happens in the space between the rows of housing, in the counterspace. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Peripheries 2011 – 9th International Conference of the Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA)
The School of Planning, Architecture & Civil Engineering (SPACE) at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), Northern Ireland recently announced the event, Peripheries 2011 – the ninth International Conference of the Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA) which occurs on the 27th to 29th of October. More information on the event after the break.
The Slow Architecture Exhibition 2011 has just gotten underway. Canal Boat 107B will meander its way within Ireland’s canals and inland waterways over the next month promoting slow architecture through its floating exhibition centre and museum. Contributors for the summer of 2011 are Sonairte, Carson and Crushell Architects, Solearth, Architectural Farm with Michael Carroll, and Caelan Bristow. You can see a brief description of their contributions here as well as the full timetable for this year’s exhibition.
The now empty and abandoned water towers presented here are part of a selection of photographs gathered by James Young, a final year architecture student, as part of a research project. With the help of the MacCarthy Memorial Scholarship from the School of Architecture at UCD, he has compiled a list of about 200 towers, with nearly thirty visited and photographed. Like other architectural building types that have been abandoned, what can architects do with water towers such as these? If no longer in use, what can be done to take advantage of these stand along structures? Let us know what you think. More images after the break.