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The Audi Urban Future Award 2012: The Idea and the Participants

  • Award presentation in Istanbul: five architectural practices compete
  • Focus on international metropolitan regions: Boston/Washington, Istanbul, Mumbai, Pearl River Delta, São Paulo

A city like São Paulo with its “mobility blockages” gets moving. The streets of Shenzhen in the Pearl River Delta in China once again become places where people like to spend time. In the region between Boston and Washington the mobile “American Dream” is reinvented. A look at Mumbai focuses on human interactions that may seem insignificant at first sight but in fact maintain the economic development and dynamism of the city. And in Istanbul the behavior of inhabitants in public spaces expresses collective wishes related to mobility. These themes and – in part – dreams were tackled by five international architectural practices that are taking part in the Audi Urban Future Award 2012. Their designs are all about the future of mobility in the five metropolitan regions – about challenges and specific solutions, which ideally can be transferred to other cities and thus have an exemplary quality.

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