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Reflection and musings about cities & urban development; what are cities yesterday, today, tomorrow? Great site to wander around and think about urban development. Cleverly done by the transport company behind it.
From our friends at Fast Company, 'bridging the fuzzy border between design and business.' 'The past is not dead. In fact it's not even past. "Our cities will move forward on a positive path...Building distinctive bonds between cultural values...."
Again an episode from this excellent blog by Zef Hemel. In Dutch, but Google Translate is a great help. The great outline of this episode is the attempt by the great port city of Rotterdam to transform itself into a creative and more diverse economy. Alas, despite massive investment from national and local government the transformation seems to be faltering. Gallery owners, artists and other creatives are moving back to Amsterdam, the nemesis of Rotterdam. Hemel gives a few possible reasons for the appeal of Amsterdam: there is a market in Amsterdam for the products and services of the creative class and Amsterdam is city where people live and meet on the streets. Meeting like minded people and meeting customers is the live blood for a creative economy.
Don Tapscott: Vast numbers of youth are out of work as the industrial age draws to a close. If we don't act, generational conflict looms... Nice, if not unsurprising analysis. The one aspect missing in this story is the rol of cities as a place to convene to work and to protest. Urban economic development is one of the key areas to consider in tackling the issue of youth unemployement.
Amnesty International today called on governments in Africa to realize the internationally recognized right to adequate housing, prior to the Session of the Governing Council of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme ...
A new exhibit is having fun imagining what the City of Paris will look like in the year 2100: 2º C warmer, due to climate change, but also a whole lot greener, where pedestrians rule and every building has a roof garden. The exhibit, which is the work of Yannick Gourvil and Cécile Leroux of the architecture firm Collectif et alors, is called "+2º: Paris s'invente!" Part of the City's Week of Sustainable Development (April 1-7), it was born of a simple idea: having acknowledged that the planet is getting warmer, how does Paris react? By tackling the problem head on, both by adjusting to a warmer climate and by taking measures to make sure things don't get any worse.
Idea Village, a New Orleans-based not-for-profit that helps support local entrepreneurs, is helping rebuild its city's economic devastation by organizing a series of workshops and competitions involving MBA students from the nation's top business schools.
In the heart of South Korea's capital, planners took down a busy, elevated freeway, revealing the river that had been buried beneath it and creating a spectacular downtown green space. Interesting story of reorganising one of the mega cities in the world.
The internet has provided many innovations. Now comes the harnessing of collective wisdom of untold numbers of people to solve problems, create new ideas. (Crowd-Sourcing Is the New Business, Politics and Arts Democracy http://bit.ly/i5CeIe) Urban economy in the virtual world: people getting together and inspiring each other.