Why is this distinction important ? Sheila Foster explains: “The idea that like natural resources/commons the city can not just be over-consumed but also unjustly consumed. The commons is a way to call attention to this and to describe not just a practice of commoning (cooperatives, co-managed space and collaborative produced goods, etc) but also …
In 2012, the city of Seoul launched Sharing City Seoul to create a local, government-sanctioned sharing culture – establishing the city of 10 million as a frontrunner in the sharing cities movement. City officials committed to cultivating a vibrant local sharing economy, and Seoul was quickly praised as a global sharing leader.
The European Cultural Foundation and it’s partners the Connected Action for the Commons Network brought 50 idea makers together to Subtopia in Stockholm last month for their annual Idea Camp. Michel and I among others were invited to discuss and contribute ideas to creative projects of activists and artists from across Europe.
This follows the earlier post on this set of essays, which also features 'The Commodification of Everything' for 'SQM' and 'Urban Parasites, Data-Driven Urbanism, and the Case for Architecture' for A+U. This one was first published as: 'A Sketchbook for...
The Australian Urban 'guerilla' tactics of the pop-up generation The Australian Brisbane landscape architect Amy Grey sees tactical urbanism as an inevitable consequence of the migration of populations to the inner city.
Long-vacant and historic buildings are being repurposed in the Motor City, including a taxicab repair shop rejuvenated as Two James Spirits distillery and a former pawnshop renovated into a restaurant but keeping the former name, “Gold Cash Gold.”
In 2008, Marcus Westbury returned to his hometown of Newcastle, Australia and found more than 150 empty buildings lining it’s two main streets. Three years later the world’s largest travel publisher named it one of the world’s top ten cities to visit.
Creating Cities is about the unlikely events in between. How a failed idea to start a bar morphed into a scheme that has helped transform Newcastle, launched more than two hundred creative and community projects across Australia and is fast
Excerpted from Sheila Foster: “The city is also a collective or common good, in that urban residents share a number of its resources — from the parks and opens spaces to streets and buildings, and even a city’s culture. Much like the natural environment, the urban environment too is subject to the disproportionate consumption by …
LSE Cities is an international centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science that studies how people and cities interact in a rapidly urbanising world, focussing on how the design of cities impacts on society, culture and the environment. Through research, conferences, teaching and projects, the centre aims to shape new thinking and practice on how to make cities fairer and more sustainable for the next generation of urban dwellers, who will make up some 70 per cent of the global population by 2050.
Public spaces like Times Square are the great equalizer in cities: Improvements in the public realm benefit everyone. The city should view the challenge of Times Square’s pedestrian plaza not as a reason for retreat, but as a call to create a diverse, dense, intense experience of public life that we can all enjoy.
Jan Gehl is the founding partner of Gehl Architects, where Jeff Risom is the managing director and Julia Day is a project manager.
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