Martha Thorne, Executive Director of The Pritzker Architecture Prize and Dean of the IE School of Architecture & Design, shares her thoughts on the industry from her vantage point.
City planning is changing: As an urban planner, I am seeing new players building cities. A classic example is Google developing a neighbourhood on the lakefront in Toronto, Canada, which will be technology-led. The implication is that we have to broaden our horizons and definitions of who are the agents defining our future cities to beyond architects, governments and developers. I think it is great as the process can now be more democratic – especially if we can include voices of the citizens too – but it has to be transparent.
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