FEATURE REPORT/ ARTICLE OF THE WEEK
With a brand new year upon us, it is a good time to visit preconceived notions and perhaps, make way for new perspectives. In this week’s article roundup, the author looks at suburban space which has traditionally been understood as a vague fringe of the urban core; one without a dynamic or logic of its own. The article challenges this view and attempts to define the suburb as a temporally evolving feature of urban growth. In the larger picture, this article forms part of the studies on Life of the High Street and its impact as a centre for social, economic and cultural exchange, which has played a critical role in sustaining local centres over time. Contributors from the architecture, urban design, geography, history and anthropology disciplines examine cases spanning Europe and around the Mediterranean.
By linking large-scale city mapping, urban design scale expositions of high street activity and local-scale ethnographies, the book underscores the need to consider suburban space on its own terms as a specific and complex field of social practice.
Read the whole piece here
Published by City Lab.
ONLINE PUBLICATION OF THE WEEK
‘Participatory Urban Planning : Planning the city with and for its citizens’
Published by Montreal Urban Ecology Centre
Time and again, we see that a community-led approach is key to the success of any place-making project. Project for Public Spaces believes this so strongly that the very first tenet listed in their publication, which outlines 11 key principles for creating great public spaces is: “The community is the expert.”
Participatory Urban Planning in no way underestimates the idea of community-led development, or attempt to take their pivotal role for granted, and instead, dedicates detailed sections highlighting its value in “providing undeniable advantages when compared to conventional processes managed solely by professionals. Since citizens are in the neighbourhood every day, they can provide observations and knowledge that are different from experts, thereby enriching the analysis.”
Read or download the publication here.
VIDEO/ PODCAST OF THE WEEK
‘The World’s first Charter City’
Created by Paul Romer
In 2009, Romer began trying to replicate the success of Charter Cities and advocate it as engine of economic growth in developing countries. Romer has argued that with better rules and institutions, undeveloped nations can be set on a different and better trajectory for growth. In his model, a host country would turn responsibility for a charter city over to a more developed trustee nation, which would allow for new rules of governance to emerge. People could “vote with their feet” for or against these rules. Check out his TED Talk promoting this idea!
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