FEATURE REPORT/ ARTICLE OF THE WEEK
‘What a creative neighborhood looks like’
Authored by Richard Florida
This article explores the relationships between the economy, industries, lifestyle preferences and urban design by comparing research findings from three Canadian cities. Through an analysis of the factors that differentiate neighborhoods with ‘creative’ and ‘science’ industries, the author posits that ‘the urbanity and organic texture of creative neighborhoods make them much harder to design and engineer from scratch’ and instead places emphasis on characteristics such as flexibility and adaptability as important in making creative neighborhoods. It makes a good read particularly when trying to understand what attracts certain types of businesses (and demography) to certain kinds of urban areas.
Read the whole piece here. Published by citylab.com.
ONLINE PUBLICATION OF THE WEEK
‘Shape your Waterfront- Introducing Waterfront Edge Design Guidelines (WEDG)’
Developed by the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance (MWA)
The Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance based out of New York City created the Waterfront Edge Design Guidelines (WEDG) to answer a simple question: How do we create the best possible waterfront? The guidelines seek to answer that question by promoting good design that results in resilient, accessible waterfronts that allow us to live with the water, instead of fighting it. With specific recommendations for different typologies of development as well as a credit-based rating system, the WEDG is a clear and easy-to-use guide for all stakeholders involved in the development of urban waterfront properties.
Download your copy here.
VIDEO/ PODCAST OF THE WEEK
‘How rooftop farming will change how we eat’
By Mohamed Hage at TEDxUdeM
This TEDx talk is interesting in the way it traces the connections between food and form of the city. The food production and consumption process was drastically changed by the industrial revolution. In this talk Mohamed Hage demonstrates how an alternative food industry can be galvanized right within our cities to create sustainable food systems and in the process also transform urban areas and make them more efficient. The takeaway is in the proof of concept – the implementation of a scalable model for urban agriculture. More about the company here.