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Urban commons have radical potential – it's not just about community gardens

Urban commons have radical potential – it's not just about community gardens | The public city | Scoop.it
A rise in commonly owned spaces and services hopes to reclaim the city for the public good, providing a participatory alternative to exclusive urban development. But how can it be upscaled from local garden projects?
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"How is it that the pioneers of a new urban politics are always planting kale and rhubarb?"

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Designing the Urban Commons

Designing the Urban Commons | The public city | Scoop.it
Re-imagining spaces in London as places for collaboration, sharing and collective ownership. A competition inspired by the rights to the commons.
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Vote for your favourite designs

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This is the week when London's population will finally overtake its previous peak

This is the week when London's population will finally overtake its previous peak | The public city | Scoop.it
On 6 January, or thereabouts, London will hit an extraordinary milestone. The population has finally caught up with its 1939 peak population: from now on, it will be an all-time high. Has any other city in history bounced back from losing two and a quarter million people?  Of course, 6 January is just a notional date based on forecasts by the Greater London Authority (GLA): we cannot know when it will actually happen, or even exactly what the peak was.  But we can be confident that this phenomenon is happening. So, let's take a look at how things have changed.
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I still refuse to believe it's so difficult for us to build lots of new houses...

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Book: The Illegal City, 2012

Book: The Illegal City, 2012 | The public city | Scoop.it
BRIEF DESCRIPTION The Illegal City explores the relationship between space, law and gendered subjectivity through a close look at an 'illegal' squatter settlement in Delhi. Since 2000, a series of ...
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6 Ways to Become Your Own City Planner — Mobility Lab

6 Ways to Become Your Own City Planner — Mobility Lab | The public city | Scoop.it
This article was originally published in Tech Cocktail. The trend is that governments are opening up data, as well as planning and budgeting processes. Public participation is taking on a whole new look. Local civic advocates are stepping up as […]
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Creative engagement yes, but can "fun" really tackle structural problems?

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Build your city on Popularise!

Build your city on Popularise! | The public city | Scoop.it
Popularise is the online platform that shares the power to build new places in your neighborhood with local residents like you.
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does voting for things on the internet count as public debate?

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- City of Errors | The solutions we give to the problems of our cities

- City of Errors | The solutions we give to the problems of our cities | The public city | Scoop.it
We’ve been working for the past year to create a cool app that allows you to share the ...Continue Reading
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The interesting ambivalence of doing it yourself/having to do it yourself...

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'Reflexive Urbanism' Future Cities Conference at University of Greenwich

'Reflexive Urbanism' Future Cities Conference at University of Greenwich | The public city | Scoop.it
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Future Cities event - open to all on 10 April - promoting idea of ‘Reflexive Urbanism’, which "works with the messiness of cities, their vibrant natures and their inherent subversion, to identify new solutions for the practice of the built environment in a resource constrained world...[it] proposes that cities of the future are not made but evolved."

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Youth Street Politics in the Media Age

Youth Street Politics in the Media Age | The public city | Scoop.it
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Interesting ongoing project rethinking the idea of the 'street', bringing together street ethnography and media ethnography.

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Not dangerous

Not dangerous | The public city | Scoop.it
In 2013, we've heard a lot about the dangers of cycling. So, as the year comes to end, it's time for a brief reminder of some things that aren't dangerous. Riding a bike without a helmet is not dan...
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Always worth remembering that dangers are discursive constructions first, and real second.

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The secrets of the world's happiest cities

The secrets of the world's happiest cities | The public city | Scoop.it
What makes a city a great place to live – your commute, property prices or good conversation? Charles Montgomery finds out
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...but do we really want our cities to be 'happy' places?  Is unhappiness all bad?

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Against the Smart City

Against the Smart City | The public city | Scoop.it
Adam Greenfield critiques the prevailing definition of the "smart city" and calls for an alternative vision that understands and responds to the messy realities of human existence.
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On the Frontline: ‘Passing by’. Insecure Neighbourhoods and People

On the Frontline: ‘Passing by’. Insecure Neighbourhoods and People | The public city | Scoop.it
Lisa McKenzie, University of Nottingham                      [pdf] The St Anns estate in Nottingham is one of the poorest 10% of neighbourhoods in the UK today (1). It has a long history of engagem...
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‘Anti-social behaviour’ is the heart and soul of a city

‘Anti-social behaviour’ is the heart and soul of a city | The public city | Scoop.it
Oxford’s illiberal campaign to control everyday city life.
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Brunel University, March 2015: Space, Place and the Performance of Democracy

Brunel University, March 2015: Space, Place and the Performance of Democracy | The public city | Scoop.it

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'Social' urban interventions

'Social' urban interventions | The public city | Scoop.it

Is community planning possible?

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workshop on populist 'community interventions' and power structures behind them

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Posts With The Most: 12 Cool & Creative Traffic Bollards

Posts With The Most: 12 Cool & Creative Traffic Bollards | The public city | Scoop.it
Never mind the bollards? Uh-uh: these traffic stoppers halt wayward vehicles like no traffic cone can. The best bollards, though, are designed to look great!
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Great idea for slowing traffic - especially if they can be made to look spooky.  Maybe eyes should light up demonically at night.

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Refugee Camp for Syrians in Jordan Evolves as a Do-It-Yourself City

Refugee Camp for Syrians in Jordan Evolves as a Do-It-Yourself City | The public city | Scoop.it
As the sprawling Zaatari camp evolves into an informal city — with an economy and even gentrification — aid workers say camps can be potential urban incubators that benefit host countries like Jordan.
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Interesting questions about 'permanence'.

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India's smart city craze: big, green and doomed from the start?

India's smart city craze: big, green and doomed from the start? | The public city | Scoop.it
Ayona Datta: Twice the size of Mumbai, the "smart city" of Dholera is one of dozens of new cities planned in India – but will it just end in more urban chaos?
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The resilience of neoliberal urbanism | openDemocracy

The resilience of neoliberal urbanism | openDemocracy | The public city | Scoop.it
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A tirade against 'resilience' (and the new Guardian 'Cities' section)

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Unseen Tours - Unique Walking Tours in London

Unseen Tours - Unique Walking Tours in London | The public city | Scoop.it
Want to challenge your view of what it means to be a person living in London? Then come on our alternative walking tours and discover one of the world’s most vibrant and paradoxical cities as you’ve never seen it before!
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Project for Public Spaces | Taking the Next Step: Paris Leads With Innovation in the Streets

Project for Public Spaces | Taking the Next Step: Paris Leads With Innovation in the Streets | The public city | Scoop.it
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in their words: putting the 'urban experience' at the heart of policy making

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The Real Social Life of Wireless Public Spaces

The Real Social Life of Wireless Public Spaces | The public city | Scoop.it
I feel compelled to respond to a recent article and photo essay (PDF) published by a group of communications scholars led by Keith Hampton.
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Smart Cities: Buggy and Brittle: Places: Design Observer

Smart Cities: Buggy and Brittle: Places: Design Observer | The public city | Scoop.it
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It's the things that go wrong in the smart city which will "strengthen and increase pressure for democracy"

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