Los Angeles (1999) by Andreas Gursky (1955- )
Went to the Tate Modern today with the kids (they have brilliant things to do for families there). But couldn’t help be struck by the latest exhibition in the Turbine Hall about global urbanisation. The stats are scary – but inescapable. This is how the official blurb describes the show:
Global Cities looks at the changing faces of ten dynamic international cities: Cairo, Istanbul, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Mumbai, São Paulo, Shanghai and Tokyo. Exploring each city through five thematic lenses – speed, size, density, diversity and form – the exhibition draws on data originally assembled for the 10th International Architecture Exhibition at the 2006 Venice Biennale. This unique show presents existing films, videos and photographs by more than 20 artists and architects to offer subjective and intimate interpretations of urban conditions in all ten cities.
- In 2007, for the first time in history, ONE out of TWO people on earth lives in a city (ie 3 billion)
- In 1900, 10% of the world’s population lived in cities. By 2050, UN estimates suggest that 75% will be in cities.
- ONE out of THREE city-dwellers lives in a SLUM (ie nearly 1 billion people)
- Cities produce 75% of the world’s CARBON EMISSIONS
Copan, São Paolo (2002) by Andreas Gursky (1955- )
So, get used to it guys. It’s the future…