13 City Transformations That Show What We’re Capable Of



Cities are pretty incredible when you think about it. Just a few hundred years ago, a bustling metropolis might have ten thousand people. Now, our biggest cities have tens of millions of inhabitants. Cities can go through periods of boom and bust — and sometimes the way they reinvent themselves is nothing short of awe-inspiring.

1. Denver, Colorado, USA

The Mile High City has transformed itself over the past few decades, adding tons of new buildings along with tourist magnets like microbreweries and pedestrian malls.

1. Denver, Colorado, USA
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2. Beihai, Guangxi, China

There’s no “before” picture here because until recently, there wasn’t much to say about Beihai. That’s all changing rapidly, though. Until relatively recently, Beihai was just a county-class town. Nowadays, it has over a million people and keeps growing — in fact, it’s predicted to be the world’s fastest growing urban area by 2020.

2. Beihai, Guangxi, China
via Industry Leaders Magazine | MAD Architects

3. Melbourne, Australia

The Docklands, a suburb of Melbourne, has an interesting history. Formerly a swamp, it was transformed into an industrial area in the late 19th century, only to become decrepit and nearly abandoned by the 1990s. Nowadays, a focused urban renewal project has completely revitalized the area.

3. Melbourne, Australia
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4. Buenos Aires, Argentina

Like Melbourne, the dockland area of Buenos Aires was falling into disuse — until an infusion of cash created a new commercial district, along with luxurious residential buildings.

4. Buenos Aires, Argentina
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