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International Journal of Contemporary Architecture ”The New ARCH“ Vol. 4, No. 1 (2017)  ISSN 2198-7688

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A WORD FROM THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Founding Editor & Editor–In–Chief     Looking forward to the upcoming S.ARCH conference in
             Architect Marina Stosic  Hong Kong, many delegates from all around the world
                                      are writing us that they are exciting about visiting this
                                      extraordinary city. Among rich culture, good food,
                                      beautiful nature, the urban area of Hong Kong is of
                                      course very well known for its numerous skyscrapers
                                      and for having one of the highest population and
                                      employment density in the world.

                                      Now, having in mind that the global population is
                                      growing very fast and that the big cities are getting more
                                      and more dense, the question arises, does the
                                      population density directly affect the human quality of
                                      life as well as social and educational aspects. In negative
                                      way, one may confirm that this is true – but is it really
                                      like this or is it just a myth?

                                      The dependency between high population density and
                                      social pathologies and problems has yet been only
                                      proven on animals.

                                      It is clear that the high human density is associated to
                                      high-rises, smaller living spaces, less public space, less
                                      green areas – and some studies showed that less green
                                      areas in the city are directly proportional to the increase
                                      of the criminality. All these imply that the high density
                                      causes social problems. But, there are also other factors
                                      to be considered, like socioeconomic situation,
                                      educational and health systems, which may be more
                                      important variables for the quality of life than density
                                      itself.

                                      Also, well organised infrastructure is crucial for
                                      functionality of dense urban spaces. The lack of public
                                      space may be reduced by transforming the existing
                                      areas into small but high quality public spaces and by
                                      rising individual awareness of the ecological
                                      responsibility for having a clean city.

                                      So, in this course I am welcoming you to join us
                                      beginning of June in Hong Kong and use the opportunity
                                      to discuss with us these aspects on the right place.

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