Architects and designers are always seeking to find new ways to address urban challenges. As urban population is expected to double in the next 40 years, architects must undertake a holistic and sustainable transformation of the urban world we live in. The great challenge of urban development is creating a denser metropolis, while also improving the resident’s quality of life. Inequality and sustainability are tied together and must be addressed by architecture. With the current pandemic, new challenges are presented, yet the solutions are very similar to those proposed by architects to take on inequality and sustainable living.
One of our rising stars at Architect-US, Alicia Palacios, who will be joining Karim Rashid this year, created Polytopies (P.L.U.G) for her final thesis project at the School of Architecture in the University of Malaga. The project focuses on the implementation of an alternative and critical proposal to the solutions adopted to create cities in the rural/urban areas. The main goal was to design a city model of ephemeral, mobile and changing in time and space through activities nodes connected to areas of temporary demand. She used Autocad, Rhinoceros, Photoshop, and Illustrator to create these stunning drawings that go into detail about how Palacios views a complete cityscape.
Cities consist of a variety of spaces, functions, and services that assist the population in improving their quality of life and efficiency. Innovation and entrepreneurship is easier to promote in cities with a diversity of people, substantial economic activity, and more points of contact between individuals and communities.
Palacios views architecture as a reflection of our society and our values. Her goal with Polytopies was to present another way of living in the urban context. We live in architecture, yet it helps to shape our collective memory. In order to progress and improve our standard of living we must push for further innovation and promotion of creative solutions to our urban maladies. We must be proactive as a society, and architects must form the head of the spear when taking on our shared struggles.
Images by Alicia Palacios