FAST FORWARD 02 by architecture matters

Dense City

Taking up the topic of the Architecture Matters 2022 conference, our second edition of Fast Forward is dedicated to the Dense City. Dense, mixed cities are a basic prerequisite for achieving climate neutrality by the middle of this century, and for living in harmony with the Earth’s resources. What does this mean for building in Germany and beyond?

The construction sector is responsible for up to 60 percent of global resource consumption. Globally, we are currently using 170 percent of the earth’s resources; in Germany with our high standard of living, the figure is 270 percent. However, the most densely populated cities in the world today are in China, India, the Philippines, and Bangladesh – emerging countries where most people are still denied our Western standard of living, yet where emissions are steadily rising. How can the dense city function in our industrialized nations? How much do we need to live a good life? How can we find new answers to these questions together, for the future, without living at the expense of others? How much are we prepared to give up? What alternatives are there to radical renunciation?

This edition of the magazine and conference hone in on the dense city by looking at three main topics: structural density (including inner-city redensification, preservation of existing structures, high-rise buildings); digitalization (smart city, big data, data centres, energy consumption); and mobility (individual mobility, infrastructure, networking).

Fast Forward no.2 Dense City was published at the opening of  the Architecture Matters Conference, May 19-20 2022. Buy now for 24 EUR at our publisher Ruby Press.

Special thanks to our founding partner GIRA!

FAST FORWARD by architecture matters – Das Magazin zur Konferenz

FAST FORWARD is the first magazine to bring together diverse voices from architecture, real estate, and politics to address big questions about the future of the city. Inspired by our conference Architecture Matters, we seek to discover what connects us beyond the obvious differences, and to engage with people who are leaving their mark on the world. Curious, free of ideology, and unafraid of differing opinions, we enter into a lively dialogue with a wide variety of actors and personalities – from start-up entrepreneurs, developers, and urban planners to war photographers.

Edited by Nadin Heinich
Founding partner: GIRA

Editor: Cornelia Hellstern & Anna Scheuermann
Assistance & Research: Kaja Ninnis
Translation: Alisa Kotmair
Design: Atelier Noëm Held

Publisher: Ruby Press