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City In Motion: Architecture that Reflects Urban Agility, Mobility, and Adaptability City In Motion: Architecture that Reflects Urban Agility, Mobility, and Adaptability

City In Motion: Architecture that Reflects Urban Agility, Mobility, and Adaptability

by Jenna McKnight
November 21, 2012

Cities never stand still, so why should architecture? The future of buildings is adaptability, and mobility can augment the special powers of architecture to encompass greater experiences, while contributing more to the urban whole at large. Still, it’s not enough for buildings to move on their own; it’s the development and infrastructural connective tissues between and beyond city blocks that proves just as important.

The way we get around the city is changing, and so the services that the city has to offer are shifting as well. Fixed institutions like universities and libraries will need to be just as agile as food trucks. Commerce can venture out from their flagship shops on Soho and literally “pop-up” and sprout throughout the city. Similarly, more will be expected from cars and automobile circulation, just as larger urban developments will need to be embedded with urban spaces. Motion is the key to the future of the city, and the A+: Mobility Award will honor the best project that reflects this fundamental shift.

Chanel Contemporary Art Container
Hong Kong/Tokyo/New York/Paris
Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects
Learn more about this project here.

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A47 Mobile Library
Mexico City/Mexico
Designed by PRODUCTORA
Learn more about this project here.
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Nomad
Quai Branly Museum/Paris
Designed by 1/100
Learn more about this project here.

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BMW Guggenheim Lab
New York/Berlin
Designed by Atelier Bow-Wow
Learn more about this project here.

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1M2 House
Berlin/Part of BMW Guggenheim Lab
Designed by Van Bo Le-Metnzel of Hartz IV Möbel
Learn more about this project here.

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Experiments in Motion (EiM)
Studio at Columbia University GSAPP/Installation in New York
Designed by TH-EY
Learn more about this project here.

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Photosynthetic Grass Printer
The post-apocalyptic city
Designed by George Dolidze as part of EiM’s City of Mobile Services Studio
Learn more about this project here.

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Boshwash Shareway
Project for Audi Urban Future Initiative, designed as urban corridor spanning from Boston to Washington, DC
Designed by Höweler+Yoon
Learn more about this project here.

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Grand Central Station: The Next 100 Years
Project for development of Grand Central site in New York
Designed by SOM
Learn more about this project here.

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Rolling Bridge
London/UK
Designed by Heatherwick Studio
Learn more about this project here.

Architizer is hosting the world’s definitive architectural awards program, with 50+ categories and 200+ jurors. As part of an ongoing series, we’re spotlighting projects that fit the “Plus” categories, which tap into topical and culturally relevant themes. Today, in an effort to show you examples of good candidates for the Plus awards, we present five “Architecture + Mobility” projects.  To see a full list of categories and learn more about the awards, visit architizerawards.com.


 

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