Architecture is gaining in importance, as the demands placed on cities grow con-stantly. An increased environmental awareness, habitats, working and living, the suc-cession of generations and the antipode of persistent urban densification, which is not easy to manage, all require compensation and harmonization. And yet architec-ture can generate the necessary structural-spatial qualities where these are demand-ed. Otherwise, the urban habitat and architecture itself becomes devalued.
That, however, would be the swansong of the cities. What is required, therefore, is the best quality of architecture. There is no alternative. Since ten years, prominent archi-tects from all over the world present such best Best Practice examples on the Interna-tional ArchitectureForum.