The battle for a brave new world
Editorial by Isabel Allen
Goodbye to all that?
The coronavirus could galvanise us into a salutary rethink of the city’s priorities, argues urbanist Peter Bishop
Architecture schools must equip students with the skills to mitigate and adapt to climate change
How architects could build on lessons learned during the COVID-19 crisis.
Unite & conquer
How collaboration and discipline are required for coordinated collective action.
How to pitch it
The most interesting ideas are often the most difficult to finance. Citizen held a round-table discussion at Minotti’s Fitzrovia showroom to explore the potential for entrepreneurial architects, and one former chef, to get investment for self-initiated projects that don’t fit into traditional funding models. An expert panel helped to hone a good idea into a credible investment pitch.
Purpose and Pleasure
A pleasure gardens that enriches the night-time economy with 24-hour opportunities to study, work and relax. Leaders: Yasir Azami and Andrew McEwan (Orms), Theo Games Petrohilos (Unknown Works). Students: Alisha Gould, Kiril Georgiev, Thomas Ka Ming Tse, George Johnson, Kurtis Gentry, Felix Chu
Repurposing council-owned community buildings and disused spaces to provide improved facilities for young people. Leaders: Angie Jim Osman and Nick Keen (Allies and Morrison), Petra Marko (Solidspace / Marko & Placemakers). Students: Gannaty Rahman, Cora McLean, Matthew Knivett, Conor Moses, Callum Rowland, Calum Norman, Jack Banting.
Prosperity and growth: busting the myths
Daniela Cocco Beltrame unpicks the faulty logic behind the transformation of Buenos Aires’ most notorious shanty town and suggests a framework for a more progressive approach.
The medium is the message
Fraser Morrison charts his quest to combine Instagram’s power and reach with a physical forum to share ideas for sustainable cities from around the world.
Rising sea levels have led to frequent flooding in India’s coastal regions, causing loss of livelihoods and homes. This project, inspired by Penrose tiling and the rhombic triacontahedron, uses wood-plastic composite rhombus-shaped panels made from wood from local mangrove trees and readily available plastic waste. Structures are mass produced in local factories. The factories are built first, with the structure gradually expanding outwards to provide community housing as required.
Petroleum – and its derivatives – is a finite resource. Our society will struggle to adapt to a polymerless world. As the cost of producing plastic skyrockets, it will become profitable to filter, collect, refine and sell the plastic scattered around the globe. Thus, Polimeria is born, a nomadic community of scavengers that connect and refine the plastic floating in our oceans, carried by currents to so-called ‘plastic islands’.
Sustainability spotlight: Kingspan Insulation
Kingspan’s high-performance insulation reduces household emissions, delivering energy-efficiency and sustainability without compromising architectural vision
Sequestered with his extensive library, Peter Buchanan selects his most edifying books to help pass time in lockdown and to prepare for the post-pandemic world.
You wanted this
Lev Bratishenko, curator at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, plays out the beginnings of a self-inflicted global apocalypse in a United Nations basement hall
The poetics of space
Citizen’s Poet in Residence, LionHeart, talks to Isabel Allen about the connection between the built environment and mental health, shirking responsibility for climate change, and the power of the spoken word
One Last Call, Before You End It
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Poet in Residence
Isabel Allen & Will Hunter