Parallel Sprawl

With city centres under pressure through tourism and global capital the future is rethinking sprawl.

With city centres all over the world succumbing to land grabbing through tourism and global capital, more and more pressure will be exerted on their surrounding territories in the form of urban sprawl. While too often neglected, when not derided by the architecture discipline, this middle landscape is the arena where the struggle for the future of human habitation will be fought.

By looking into two diametrically opposite case studies in the European continent (but both outside of the European Union), one extremely rich, the other extremely poor, we’re anticipating the conditions in which the future architects will need to operate given the ramping shrinking of public institutions and the ongoing project of inequality, in order to remain relevant.

Kunik de Morsier Architectes is founded in Lausanne, Switzerland in 2010 by Valentin Kunik and Guillaume de Morsier. Gathered around our common interest for a critical and committed architecture, we work on urban issues as well as on issues related to the renovation and adaptation of buildings and programmatic planning. Our approach to architecture and urbanism is open and multiple. It is not limited to any fields: all space becomes subject to manifest, all construction takes a crucial role. More on Kunik de Morsier Architectes.