Fields of knowledge
In order to optimise its activities as a think-and-act tank and workshop coordinator, Architecture Workroom cooperates with external experts, gathering knowledge regarding all aspects of spatial design. This entails touching on the social challenges inherent in current and future urban environments.
The city is where people converge in their quest for a better life. People hope to find employment in the city, to ‘better themselves’ socially. The global economy will rely ever more heavily on metropolises, which means nations will also have to focus increasingly on their cities. In the course of their hurried transition to a service economy, however, economically developing cities are largely ignoring the innovative power of industrial production. By building on local opportunities and qualities, Architecture Workroom is developing spatial tools to help the urban economy to develop in a more diverse way within a globalising market.
In order to accommodate population growth in the city, new dwellings will have to be built. Extra housing does not make a city, though, so a way will have to be found to develop high quality urban living environments. Architecture Workroom is studying the merits and qualities of new housing typologies and calculating how these can be deployed as a means of administering the city more sustainably and in a spirit of greater participation and openness.
Many people tend to think the cities’ economic growth and increasing size will irrevocably lead to ecological neglect. To the contrary, the city offers the best chance to organise the areas allocated to work, living and agriculture in an integrated, sustainable way, as food production, water management and nature are all part of the same urban system. Architecture Workroom is analysing how these seemingly conflicting functions can be developed equally. Only by making the land more productive and allocating it a space within the city limits will we be able to preserve our precious rural and wild landscapes.