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thoughts, ideas + dialogues on urban revitalization, smart growth + neighborhood development
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Six Urbanist Themes for 2012

Six Urbanist Themes for 2012 | green streets | Scoop.it
From Twitter to "third places," here are some innovative urban ideas that aren't going away...

Based on my professional experiences and featured articles in 2011, there are several themes that I expect will also endure in 2012. Here is a synthesis of themes to watch, and why, based on my own encounters, and those of clients and friends. As illustration, I offer citation to several of my articles as they reappeared in Planetizen (after original appearance myurbanist, The Atlantic, Sustainable Cities Collective and Crosscut among others). The themes span six subject areas, below...

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How do we create an holistic urban environment?

How do we create an holistic urban environment? | green streets | Scoop.it
A forthcoming debate between key players will introduce innovative ideas to transform our cities...

Everywhere, urban planners are creating utilitarian "smart cities" – interconnected, hard-wired, sensor-driven communities, where bus timetables appear on screens in eco-friendly homes and fridges send tweeted messages to replenish the salad drawer, using, of course, electric vehicle delivery. But the question arises: would you want to live there? Or is it better to renew what we have – whether it is a former cotton mill in the north of England or a tenement in the developing world...

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