Urban design isn’t easy, so when we find a way to make cities work, we often stick with it for a decent chunk of time. Throughout history, urban planners have presented different ideas on how to design successful cities, and their impact is still being felt today. This infographic looks at how ten urban planners have shaped cities, including London, Paris and Washington D.C.
Mounting evidence shows that high density development in inner areas performs very poorly in terms of resource consumption and greenhouse emissions. The idea that outer suburbs are inherently less sustainable than inner ones doesn’t bear scrutiny. The key question is not where we accommodate growth; it’s our slavish pursuit of growth itself.
If there’s one good thing to come out of the recent controversy around the Philippi Horticultural Area, it is that more people now know that it exists. Whether the redrawing of the urban edge and subsequent development goes ahead or not, it’s worth considering the tremendous opportunities that lie in this hidden gem of Cape Town.
There’s a limit to the amount of physical change one person or a small group of people can initiate in a city, but what if hundreds of citizens united, each putting in place the projects and changes they want to see in their city all on the same day? That’s the goal of 100en1día (100 in 1 day) – a social movement originating from Bogotá, Colombia, which aims to inspire citizen driven change on a significant scale, transforming cities over a 24 hour period.
Can a city be an inherently more healthy place?
Health, by the World Health Organisation definition, is “not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”, but “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being”. Although often criticised, this definition is useful to broaden our perspectives and thinking on health – and urban planning.
“Who knows a place better than people who live and work there? [The City Slate team seeks] to create a platform for city planners to collect valuable data about a neighborhood from the people who are affected most by the urban planning process, the residents.” This video is part of its response from citizens calling for more democratic city planning and development processes.
Maybe it’s because of my sheltered upbringing in rural Wales (which I am blaming for everything), but a vending machine to me is something you put money in to get a drink or some kind of snack. I’m always fascinated by vending machines in hotels that sell things like socks or deodorant (deodorant! In a vending machine!), but it was a new level of fascination when I read this article about a Chinese vending machine with a difference.
What role can businesses play in creating a more sustainable society? Our recent #CityTalk discussion with Justin Smith, Head of Woolworths Good Business Journey, along with your ideas, helped us come up with these 6 ideas for business to play a sustainable role in society.
Comprising of 308, 892 photos, in over 50 locations, and produced, shot, and edited in 51 days, Uncage the Soul Productions brings you a new look on one of the world’s most progressive city when it comes to urban planning and development.
[ March 18, 2013; 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm. 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm. 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ] Sustainability enthusiasts often encourage individuals to make small changes their lifestyles, hoping for more significant change as a result of collective actions. However, for society to successfully complete its journey towards sustainability, larger stakeholders such as governments and businesses also need to be proactive in addressing sustainability challenges.