Horizons asks how future cities will cope with the growing global population

I think the great challenge for architecture in the future is how to create these mega cities, because sustainability is related to density, but how to make them human, how to create a core relationship - the human scale and the human mind. So to me that is an important aspect of the future, how to connect meaning, how to connect people."Daniel Libeskind
Date: 21.05.2013     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.14
Category: BBC World News
In the eighth episode of the series, Adam Shaw talks to Daniel Libeskind, world-renowned architect and the man behind some of the most iconic buildings in the world including the Jewish Museum in Berlin and the reconstruction of the World Trade Centre site in New York, to discuss the challenges facing architects and urban planners as our cities expand at an unprecedented rate.

With the global population on the rise, Adam and Daniel Libeskind discuss the rise of the mega city and how urban sustainability – the idea of designing cities which make it easier to live better, healthier and more fulfilled lives – is increasingly shaping the approach to architecture and planning.

Daniel Libeskind said: “I think the great challenge for architecture in the future is how to create these mega cities, because sustainability is related to density, but how to make them human, how to create a core relationship - the human scale and the human mind. So to me that is an important aspect of the future, how to connect meaning, how to connect people.”

In Shanghai, reporter James Chau investigates how the city is trying to meet this challenge by building upwards to avoid urban sprawl. He visits the Shanghai Tower which, when completed in 2014, will be the second tallest building in the world with living, working and retail space for more than 30,000 people in a single building. He also meets the architect behind the project to discuss the concept of vertical cities.

Horizons also visits the Swedish city of Malmo and its Vastra Hamnen district, where a 20 year project to transform a derelict industrial wasteland is providing a blueprint for urban regeneration. The district claims to be the first carbon neutral neighbourhood in Europe.

The Horizons series, sponsored by DuPont, airs weekly on Saturdays at 01:30 and 08:30, Sundays at 14:30 and 20:30 (all times GMT).

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Broadcasting on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May 2013

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