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About Metropolitan Challenges

“In 2018, 4.2 billion people, 55 percent of the world’s population, lived in cities. By 2050, the urban population is expected to reach 6.5 billion. Cities occupy just 3 percent of the Earth’s land but account for 60 to 80 percent of energy consumption and at least 70 percent of carbon emissions. 828 million people are estimated to live in slums, and the number is rising. In 1990, there were 10 cities with 10 million people or more; by 2014, the number of mega-cities rose to 28, and was expected to reach 33 by 2018. In the future, 9 out of 10 mega-cities will be in the developing world. In the coming decades, 90 percent of urban expansion will be in the developing world. The economic role of cities is significant. They generate about 80 percent of the global GDP”.

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    “The renewal of urban project instruments, until now was based on an improvement of the existing one and not on a reform. But today this reform is necessary indeed, due to the incommensurable urban dimension. The size of the city urban area, then cannot have a traditional form …” The Art of Shaping the Metropolis, 2014.

    Pedro Ortíz
    Honorary Founder
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    “The new paradigm of growth that the Metropolitan Discipline proposes is not linear but a net and the themes of the Metropolitan Architecture project concern condensers of rare metropolitan functions and new land uses. It concerns New built form Type, but also its context… between the infrastructural networks that organizes the relative "exchange district" and that today more and more often integrates the urban agriculture and is defined through patterns of Linkage Urban-Rural…” TellMe, 2021

    Antonella Contin
    Honorary Founder