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.
via reddit / coolmandan03
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.
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.
via NN01 / Skyscraper City
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.
via Patricurcio / Wikimedia Commons
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