FEATURE REPORT/ ARTICLE OF THE WEEK
Authored by Jacqueline Klopp and Danielle Petretta
With the upcoming Habitat III conference hosted by the UN-Habitat, urban practitioners all over the world have begun to shift focus to the relevance of the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs). With the UN’s focus on SDGs, the indicators that are used to measure these goals are of utmost importance. Yet how often does this question of veracity of measurement come up in public discourse?
Klopp and Petretta analyse the seemingly objective methods usually employed, positing hard hitting questions about the political biases and importance of incorporating the local to become part of the New Urban Agenda. The authors present Habitat III as the ideal ground to bring up these questions. Will the conference provide a space for this much-needed discussion?
Read the whole piece here.
ONLINE PUBLICATION OF THE WEEK
‘The Public Life Reader‘
Published by Next City
Public space is fast becoming a rare but powerful commodity. Private property takes precedence over common spaces and this has a sure effect on human life. Add the increasing dependence on devices, that work even in these open spaces due to Wi-Fi, public life seems to take a very different tone. Next City captures these rare stories of today’s public spaces and the evidence of life, that we are fast learning to ignore.
This anthology is a joy to read, with each essay presenting a compulsive case for today’s fast-transforming public spaces.
Read the publication here.
VIDEO / PODCAST OF THE WEEK
‘How to Build a Better City‘
Created by Minute Earth
Love the idea of suburbia? The lush green surroundings, assured peace and quiet, plenty of space for the kids to play around? Watch this brief, but hard hitting video to find out how the current layout of our cities and suburban is actually far from optimal and a subsequent drain on our own resources. The more dense a city, the more compact, well-adjusted and efficient living in the urban setting can be.