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Housing/ Not Housing:

Re-thinking the Architecture of the City

Alison Brooks Architects

Much has already been said about the age of global urbanization; from academic forums to city policy reviews, to national strategies and international conferences. Distilled in the research of the London School of Economics Urban Age project, this discourse has produced critically important analyses alerting economists, geographers, sociologists, environmentalists, architects and urban policy-makers to the problems of intense urban growth. How should society, the institutions responsible for urban governance and the real-estate market respond to this ever-increasing population influx? But another question is critical for this debate: What is the role of architecture in formulating responses to this challenge, and how can architects bring new perspective and agency to the tasks at hand? Accelerating urbanization is captured by the media and fixed in our collective imagination by the...

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