Next Cities

The most pressing global challenges - planetary urbanization and social justice, climate change and environmental degradation, and the accelerating transformation of information technologies - are fundamentally reshaping our cities and environments.



With an aim to forecast and shape the vital urbanism of this century, our NEXT CITIES projects form a dynamic platform for design, policy and action focused on new forms of urban research. Led by the School of Architecture through a number of ongoing projects,  and coalescing expertise throughout the University of Virginia, with partners in its Schools of Law, Leadership and Public Policy, Engineering, and Arts and Sciences, NEXT CITIES projects tackle the complex inter-relationships between our growing cities and their impacts, such as resource allocations and consumption, territorial migrations and informal settlements, ecological fragility and resiliency. In studios, classrooms, labs and on-site, our students and faculty are inventing new spatial and infrastructural concepts and strategies with which to reimagine and redefine global urban futures.


KEY NEXT CITIES INITIATIVES:

Biophilic Cities

Smart Cities

Arctic Cities

Water Cities

Asian MegaCities

Urban Africa

Regenerative Urbanism


CITIES ARE OUR LARGEST COLLECTIVE CULTURAL ARTIFACTS, AND THEIR STRATEGIC RE-CONCEPTION IS CRUCIAL TO OUR FUTURE.