Contrary to the general belief that cities run on self-interest, urban centers are a perfect example of resource sharing, where people rely on collective infrastructures like the sewage system, water supply, public transportation networks and street grid for the daily functioning of a city. Vibrant networks of social cooperation and exchange support many urban centers, reinforcing the idea of sharing and challenging us to rethink how we can work together to meet our daily needs.
“The economy of urban diversity” – this was the main topic dealt with by an international symposium in Essen from January 13th to 15th, 2011. It was arranged by the members of the working group “Economy” of the “Global Young Faculty”, an interdisciplinary research group promoted by the Stiftung Mercator, in collaboration with the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities, Essen (KWI).
The Omnibus is all about ideas. From the beginning, Urban Omnibus has been a showcase of good ideas for the future of cities, conceived in the public interest and tried and tested in the five boroughs of New York. Our ongoing commitment to that is part of why we jumped at the chance to participate in and help organize the Festival of Ideas for the New City, coming up soon from May 4-8. The Festival aims to harness the power of the creative community to imagine the future city and explore ideas that will shape it. It’s a perfect fit. So, to coincide with the event, we have decided to surface some of the ideas that have appeared on Urban Omnibus over the past two years and broadcast them around the city.
Local governments and publicly funded agencies across the USA are pondering the possibilities of using sponsorships to city's assets to recoup money lost by dwindling income taxes, falling property tax assessments and other key sources of money. Interesting thought, but what will happen if the economy takes another downturn and companies cut back on sponsorships. How will that effect long term expenditure of local government?
Urban development experts and local officials are quietly trying to preserve key elements of what they consider the most important economic program for rebuilding Michigan’s struggling cities, a tax credit for redeveloping areas that at one time contained shuttered factories or old industrial sites.
As economies wane and businesses move out, urban planning theories that promise reinvigoration are apt to resurface, says David Prosperi, an urban planning professor at Florida Atlantic University. A controversial strategy since other urban thinkers stress the importance of education, creativity and cultural institutions/initiatives. Airports are in their view not the driver for urban reinvigoration, but helpers at most.
China's Urban marriage market is taking some predictable turns as young women are in scarce supply. This article argues that the young women have the bargaining power and they want to date a man with a car and his own apartment.
Steven Peck, Hon. ASLA, kicked off the Washington, D.C. meeting of his organization, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, by stating the U.S. green roof market grew 30 percent in 2010 despite the challenging economy. A survey of corporations involved in green roof design and development found that 8-9 million square feet of green roofs were added last year. Much of this growth occured in cities like Chicago, New York, and Washington, D.C., which offer significant ”public policy support” for green roofs.
The Meaklong Market in Bangkok, which has a railroad passing right through the center of the market, must be one of the most extreme manifestations of the value attached to land space in urban areas. The videos show how the vendors manage their business without conceding any exclusive space for the trains which passes through eight times a day.
"In much the same way, the Internet needs Skyscrapers (metaphorically speaking, at least) now that geo-location has become such an important part of the way that we think about the Internet. If the first iteration of the Web was about making the Web more flat, then the next iteration of the Web is about making the Web more spiky. The more Skyscrapers a city has, the more "spiky" it is, and the more likely that the environment will be right for innovative, creative Web startups to emerge. For cities that don't have or don't want Skyscrapers, there is the very real threat that they will be left behind as the Internet continues to mutate and evolve in wonderful new ways."
Here is how urban planning plays a key role in helping create local community-based food systems through urban design:
They use traditional tools such as community plan updates and zoning; They assist with economic development incentives to attract food growers by providing financial and technical assistance to new farmers.
It's been called Europe's largest and newest green wall. Installed in a newly renovated hotel in January makes it new and as for large, it stretches from the second to eleventh floor on the outside of the building.