Designing a liveable city
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8 March 2016
The world is an increasingly urban place. By some estimates, 75 per cent of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050 – and design will continue to fundamentally affect what it means to live in an urban environment. We talk to an author who’s written about getting the most out of urban life, consider the future of London’s road networks and visit the architects behind a development offering New Yorkers a slower pace of life within shouting distance of their city. Plus: Jamie Waters talks us through three sartorial picks from up-and-coming fashion cities.
8 March 2016
Peter Murray is chairman of New London Architecture, which recently held an exhibition that looked at the challenges facing London’s road networks. With roads taking up 80 per cent of public space in London and traffic expected to increase by a third over the next 25 years, we ask how the city is planning to cope.
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Hudson Woods is a new project from Lang Architecture that aims to provide space for New Yorkers to access a slower, more bucolic and design-minded lifestyle within shouting distance of their city. Lang’s principal Drew Lang meets up with Monocle’s Megan Billings in his own model home.
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