Foster warns city life must change

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27 October 2004, MADRID- Modern urban growth means rethinking the modern city if city life is to remain comfortably sustainable, leading British architect Norman Foster told a Madrid conference Wednesday.

27 October 2004

MADRID- Modern urban growth means rethinking the modern city if city life is to remain comfortably sustainable, leading British architect Norman Foster told a Madrid conference Wednesday.

Foster, whose curved London skyscraper popularly dubbed the "erotic gherkin" earlier this month netted him the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Stirling Prize, told an international conference on urbanisation that the search for an ideal city meant fewer cars and more public transport.

Foster told the conference wholesale pedestrianisation was not necessarily the answer as "the experiment to create totally traffic-free zones has not been a clean success."

"There has to be a renaissance of public transport with trams and trains. It's important to keep a balance," he told conference visitors debating the subject of "Europe. The ideal city."

The city of the future, for Foster, should be a "mix of people and activities," affording its citizens "many possibilities, much space and a large green area."

Modern cities should also, he insisted, "guarantee standards of quality of life."

Foster, who designed the new German parliament in Berlin and also Madrid's distinctive Repsol tower among a number of other works, warned that city planners, and, by extension, architects had to bear that goal in mind as by 2015 "there will be around 23 mega cities" with more than 10 million inhabitants.

"This growth is not sustainable," he warned.
  
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