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Rediscovering urban complexity

Rediscovering urban complexity

six trending urbanist themes for 2012 The urbanist calendar published on Monday was, admittedly, a visual provocation, setting a stage for thought about important urban issues for 2012. I see great merit in such urban exploration with a descriptive, rather than prescriptive approach. But there is another provocation—from 2011 professional experiences and featured articles—that offer several themes that I expect will also endure. Here is a synthesis of themes to watch, and why, based on my own encounters, and those of clients and friends. As illustration, I offer citation to several of my articles as they reappeared in the trend-capturing Planetizen (after original appearance in one or more of myurbanist, The Atlantic, The Atlantic Cities, The Huffington Post, Grist, Sustainable Cities Collective and Crosscut) . The themes span six subject areas, below. More Roles for Social Media Evolving communication technology has forever changed how we analyze and discuss the city. Make No Little Plans Without Twitter Urbanism Without Effort

Design History and Theory | Team Univ.Prof. Alison J. Clarke PhD, MA (RCA) BA (Hons) Design History MA (RCA) History of Design with Distinction PhD. (Lond.) Chair, Department Design History and Theory Research Director Victor. Email Alison J. She joined the University of Applied Arts Vienna, as a full-professor in 2003 having previously held a senior faculty position in Design History and Material Culture at the Royal College of Art, London. Clarke has presented research and lectured internationally at institutions including Parsons School for Design, NYC; National Museum of American History, Washington DC; University of Oxford: University College London; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Centre for Consumer Science, Sweden; and Institute of Historical Research, London. Media For media inquiries contact Capel & Land, London. Professor Clarke has most recently contributed to a ground-breaking six-part television series, The Genius of Design (BBC 2010), exploring the social impact of design over the last two centuries.

Sustainable and green city development - a knol by Partha Das Sharma Sustainable and green city development - For achieving all-round better environment: Introduction - Sustainability is the practice of using resources to provide for the needs of today’s citizens while preserving the use of those same resources for the needs of future generations. Sustainable development is all about ensuring a better quality of life for everyone, now and for generations to come. This can be achieved through the three strands of social equity which recognises the needs of everyone, maintenance of stable levels of economic growth and employment, and using natural resources prudently, whilst protecting, and if possible enhancing, the environment . A balanced and sustainable social system is not possible without addressing the economic and community-development needs of its residents. 1. Transformation of rapid urbanization in developing world due to industrialization has necessitated to the planned city development. 2. a. (i) Using natural and manmade resources efficiently;

To walk the path of Jane Jacobs – review of What We See, Advancing the Observations of Jane Jacobs Jane Jacobs died in the spring of 2006. Three years earlier she had published the last book of her illustrious career as a philosopher, Dark Age Ahead, prophesying the fall of North American civilization. Today, this civilization is having a severe stroke due to all the factors that she warned us about. I was invited to review a recently published collection of essays in honor of Jane Jacobs, “What We See: Advancing the Observations of Jane Jacobs”, gathering articles from a diverse crowd of intellectuals, academics, activists, acquaintances of Jane and honorary disciples. The first hint of this is seen in the epilogue, when editors Stephen Goldsmith and Lynne Elizabeth casually remark that Jane Jacobs “respected science” despite having “no academic pedigree”. The reality is that Jane Jacobs, of all of them, was the true scientist. Jane Jacobs’ search for enlightenment led her to investigate many fields and often the pioneering works of those fields.

Glossary: Terrain Vague | Urban Attributes - Andalusia Center for Contemporary Art With the coining of the term Terrain Vague, Ignasi de Solà-Morales is interested in the form of absence in the contemporary metropolis. This interest focuses on abandoned areas, on obsolete and unproductive spaces and buildings, often undefined and without specific limits, places to which he applies the French term terrain vague. Regarding the generalized tendency to "reincorporate" these places to the productive logic of the city by transforming them into reconstructed spaces, Solà-Morales insists on the value of their state of ruin and lack of productivity. The term Terrain Vague is part of a proposal of urban analysis that is an alternative to models of structuralist origin; these have demonstrated their inefficiency in their confrontation with contemporary urban events. Authors Ignasi Solà-Morales Rubió was professor of Architectural Composition at the Higher Technical School of Architecture in Barcelona. Bibliography SOLÀ-MORALES RUBIÓ, Ignasi de. Links

Emergent Urbanism, or ‘bottom-up planning’ I was asked to write an article around ‘bottom-up planning’ by Architectural Review Australia a while ago. It was published in the last issue, and I’m re-posting here. ‘Bottom-up’ is hardly the most elegant phrase, but I suspect you know what I mean. Either way, I re-cast it in the article as ‘emergent urbanism’ which captured a little more of the non-planning approaches I was interested in (note also the blog of same name, which I didn’t know about beforehand). It partly concerns increased transparency over the urban planning process but also, and perhaps more interestingly, how citizens might be able to proactively engage in the creation of their cities. And for those of you outside Australia, there are a few subtitles required to read this. And regarding this broad idea of emergent urbanism, a particularly inspirational recent project over this way has been ‘Renew Newcastle’ (Newcastle, New South Wales that is) initiated by Marcus Westbury. Yimby = Yes In My Backyard

Theory Talks: Theory Talk #20: David Harvey What is, according to you, the biggest challenge / principal debate in current IR (International Relations)? And what is your position or answer to this challenge / in this debate? I think the principal challenge is to theorize ‘correctly’ the relationship between the territoriality of political power and the spatiality of capital accumulation. I’ve tried to work out for myself how to think about these two logics but I understand that my answers might not necessarily be the correct ones, but I think we should be having a far more serious debate on that question. How did you arrive at where you currently are in IR? For me, the epiphany came in the late 60s, early 70s, when I understood that the field I was working in, that of quantitative geography, simply couldn’t grasp what was going on politically in Vietnam nor economically with the crisis of ’72-’75. What would a student need to become a specialist in IR or understand the world in a global way? I’d like to ask: what is the state?

Urban Design Working together to make our cities great | EngagingCities | the internet of things, open data and the city Intro to Emergent Urbanism | Market Urbanism Mathieu Helie has been writing at a blog he calls Emergent Urbanism. His most recent post is the first part of a series that will be published as an entire article entitled “The Principles of Emergent Urbanism” at International Journal of Architectural Research. This first part of the series, and hopefully the entire published article gives a great introduction to the concept Helie names “Emergent Urbanism.” In my opinion as a Market Urbanist, Mathieu’s most remarkable contributions to urbanism revolve around the concepts of “emergence” as it relates to urban patterns, particularly with regards to Hayek’s ideas about “emergent order” or “spontaneous order”. How is it possible for what is obviously a human artifact to arise as if by an act of nature? The most devastating criticism of modernist urban planning came in the form of a sociological study and personal defense of the spontaneous city, the book The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs.

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