The quality of life in the city of the 21st century is under pressure. Urban living is popular, but land for construction is scarce. Urban development is no longer a government responsibility. Global flows of capital find their way to property developments in cities all over the world. Expensive apartments and penthouses for the happy few rise up, generating almost guaranteed profits. While the range of high-priced homes increases, rental accommodation is sold off or let at market rates to expats who can easily afford high rents, or as Airbnb accommodation to tourists who pay exorbitant sums for an authentic city experience. These disruptive dynamics are dividing the city into ghettos for well-educated professionals or low-skilled workers, rich or poor, old or young ‒ groups that rarely meet each other.
What role can architecture play in this modern city? Can architecture bridge such differences? Or is it little more than a concrete symbol of the widening gaps within society?
Through films, debates and conversations, AFFR will explore the roles that architects, urban designers, planners and filmmakers can play, and asks how they can work together to propagate their ideas about the liveable city.Share this item