Studio Arrival City is underpinned by Doug Saunders book, Arrival City who describes them as operating as transitional spaces for those entering the city are the places where the next great economic and cultural boom will be born. The author Doug Saunders has explored the notion of mass rural to urban migration within his book Arrival City. The book takes a global look at the condition using precedents from across the globe to begin to set out the characteristics of what makes a successful Arrival City and the following drawings were created to represent the different chapters of the book.
CHAPTER 1: ON THE EDGE OF THE CITY
CHAPTER 2: OUTSIDE IN: THE LIVES OF THE NEW CITY
CHAPTER 3: ARRIVING AT THE TOP OF THE PYRAMID USA
CHAPTER 4: THE URBANIZATION OF THE VILLAGE
In the fourth chapter, Saunders highlights the heartbreaking relationships between rural and urban life. Through short narratives on four largely-agricultural, rural communities in countries as diverse as Poland, China, India and Bangladesh, he traces the economic strains this life puts on family. The impact of this dramatic rural and urban flux will in a single generation alter the very notions of family and culture that have held strong for centuries, creating something new, possibly frightening, possibly refreshing, in its wake….
CHAPTER 5: THE FIRST GREAT MIGRATION: HOW THE WEST ARRIVED
The process of arrival and migration can be a subject that is heavily reliant of statistics, reducing human migration and those involved into a series of numbers, graphs and charts. Through the narrative of migration the stories and experiences ranging from the French Revolution to WW1 can be explored: what happens when migration is unsuccessful after multiple failed attempts to integrate into the established city. These narratives map out key themes that we then explored further through our research such as physical characteristics of the arrival city, creation and ownership, cultural integration and vulnerability of arrivals.
CHAPTER 6: THE DEATH AND LIFE OF A GREAT ARRIVAL CITY
Exploring formation, growth, conflicts, and gentrification of informal settlements around the city of Istanbul.
CHAPTER 8: THE NEW CITY CONFRONTS OF THE OLD WORLD
Exploring the impact of citizenship – in both the legal and cultural sense – upon the successful integration of people migrating into an Arrival City.
CHAPTER 10: ARRIVING IN STYLE
The chapter Arriving in Style in Doug Saunders book Arrival Cities (2016) portrays the necessity for governmental support in arrival cities. Saunders illustrates how government support can either allow arrival cities to grow organically as demonstrated in the example of Endcliffe Park, Toronto or become isolated and damage communities as experienced in Slotervaart, Amsterdam. The successful arrival city allows communities to grow, change and develop consistent with residents requirements. In doing so, it is encouraging the city to reflect on its own political, social and physical environment as demonstrated in the case studies represented in this chapter.