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Weekly Roundup 104 – 18th to 24th February


UDC Weekly roundup‘Our big cities are engines of inequality, so how do we fix that?’
By Somwrita SarkarPeter Phibbs, and Roderick Simpson

‘Cities provide many social and cultural opportunities and allow large numbers of people to stay connected. But bigger is better only if we can make it better for everyone.’

In this article, the authors discuss their recent research on Australia’s global cities that finds that as cities have grown, their income inequality has increased.

Read the whole piece here.

Published by The Conversation.


The Transformation of the Dutch Urban Block in Relation to the Public Realm; Model, Rule and Ideal
Published by Susanne Komossa, TU Delft


‘The research focuses on the transformation of the urban block in relation to the public realm of the two great Dutch cities Amsterdam and Rotterdam throughout the last 400 years. Differing from the general notion of public space as space that is not private, the public realm of the city is more specifically defined as those places where citizens and visitors with a variety of backgrounds (ex)change ideas and opinions, goods, labour, knowledge and sometimes even get into conflict with each other. In order to analyse the process of transformation, Dutch urban blocks are selected that can be considered as paradigms of subsequent historical periods.’ – description from book blurb of ‘The Dutch Urban Block and the Public Realm’ by the same author. This report shares output from the PhD Seminar on the topic.

You can download the report here.



4 ways to make a city more walkable
Created by TEDxMidAtlantic, The New School in New York

Freedom from cars, freedom from sprawl, freedom to walk your city! City planner Jeff Speck shares his “general theory of walkability” — four planning principles to transform sprawling cities of six-lane highways and 600-foot blocks into safe, walkable oases full of bike lanes and tree-lined streets.


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