MoA’s thematic programming on Architecture and Citizenship explores the relationship between politics and the built environment with the aim of helping architects become active agents of social change.
Cities and urban centres have always been crucial for political action and active citizenship. As the world’s urban population is predicted to grow to 70% by 2050, this talk seeks to examine different perspectives and strategies in urban development that put citizens at their centre. From Latin America to Asia, from Africa to Europe, this talk will look at a global cities from around the world to understand what challenges they are currently facing and what might be future opportunities for development. From bottom-up, citizen-led regeneration schemes to government-led projects, this talk will bring examples of different forms of social, political, and economic engagement of citizens through the urban fabric.