Kees Christiaanse (KCAP Rotterdam, Zurich, Shanghai) will speak at the first conference of the year at the LUCA Luxembourg Center for Architecture.
In cities everywhere in the world, new complex and high density large-scale projects are initiated and implemented, like La Defense in Paris, HafenCity in Hamburg, West-Kowloon in Hongkong or Marina Bay in Singapore. These enormous undertakings represent today an established form of practicing urbanism aiming to reconfigure or extend major urban centralities.
These projects, however, tend to behave quite unpredictably. Their long realisation periods often induce changing programmes or building ensembles, political and economic constraints influence their successful completion and, very importantly, their far-reaching impact on the local and global context is mostly not effectively assessed. Therefore, these projects ask for a strategic approach, where phasing, adaptability and adjustment to the context are constantly monitored in order to inform their proper operation.