WILLIAMS: ‘Cities for People’ – design guide but not for urban regeneration

Tim Williams recently posted Gehl warning : urban design can contribute to urban regeneration but is not in itself sufficient.  A review of Cities for People and how its a great design guide but its not an urban regeneration. Williams speaks about the role of CABE, the Urban Task Force and the 2007 commission into design he chaired for the Housing Corporation. Williams is direct and to the point in his post and gives some interesting view on urban regeneration.

Tim Williams is Regeneration & Renewal columnist Tim Williams is a managing director of Navigant Consulting and a former government adviser. [SOURCE: Tim Williams Blog]

IFTF publishes The Future of Cities, Information, and Inclusion

Institute  for the Future (IFTF) just published The Future of Cities, Information, and Inclusion – a ten year forecast map

charts the important intersections between urbanization and digitalization that will shape this global urban experiment, and the key tensions that will arise.

Its an interesting way to look at cities, technology, data and services.  The document lays out the elements of in a graphical map, however I found the titles used jargon or phrases that seem non-sensical such as ‘hyperlocal soapboxes’ and ‘pro-poor interfaces’ – I am all for presenting information in exciting and graphical way but wish organisations would spend more time thinking of ways to make it easy to understand for the average person not just educated professionals.

You can download the map and read more at The Future of Cities, Information, and Inclusion

Also there is an article at Fast Company – The Battle for Control of Smart Cities – through which I found out about The Future of Cities, Information, and Inclusion

Essays on Provocative Urbanism

Chuck Wolfe of myurbanist blog has compiled 10 chapters  to create the myurbanist reader: essays on provocative urbanism to celebrate the one year of myurbanist. The book is available in three formats – ebook (PDF), online scrolling and paperback from fastpencil.  Go to myurbanist to get your downloadable version today.

Chuck Wolfe is also giving a Vignettes of Provocative Urbanism in Seattle today(December 9) at 12:30pm at GGLO Space at the Steps, 1301 First Ave., Level A. for more details goto Next Brown Bag: Vignettes of Provocative Urbanism

Cities must make radical changes to transport infrastructure

Recently Forum for the Future released a report – Megacities on the Move(pdf) a collaboration with Vodafone, EMBARQ and the FIA Foundation, is a practical toolkit designed to help governments, city authorities and businesses understand the challenges of the future and develop strategies which will allow people to live and travel more sustainably in the major cities of the 21st century.

Stackable electric cars which you can hire all over big cities, a website where you can rent out your vehicle when you’re not using it, lifelike ‘telepresence’ screens which let you talk to people in different countries and feel you’re in the same room – these are just some of today’s innovations which hint at what life may be like in 2040, according to a new report from Forum for the Future.

Megacities on the move argues that cities need to radically reengineer their infrastructures to cope with much larger populations. By 2040 two in three people will live in cities; the world’s urban population will grow from 3.5 billion to 5.6 billion.

Read more about the report

Download Megacities on the Move(pdf)

Guy Horton interviews author Witold Rybczynski about ‘Makeshift Metropolis’

Guy Horton, architecture critic at the Huffington Post recently interviewed Witold Rybczynski author of Makeshift Metropolis: Ideas About Cities (amazon affiliate link) and Professor of Urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania. Guy and Witold discuss his interest in architectural writing including his 15 books and his architecture critic column at Slate.

During the interview they discuss new cities in Middle East and China along with architectural profession, however the main focus is his new book  Makeshift Metropolis: Ideas About Cities which is about American cities.

When Witold is asked about his book  – Frederick Law Olmsted, A Clearing in the Distance he gives the following statement that would make any landscape architect smile.

I think that landscape architects, by training and temperament (they are realistic about nature, they take the long view, they understand ecology and human behaviour, etc), can make very good planners, better than city planners, and much better than architects.

An interesting interview and gives some great insight about cities.

Read the full interview at Huffington Post: Witold Rybczynski’s Compelling Makeshift World by Guy Horton

Article found via a tweet from @talklandscape on twitter

Andrés Duany lecture at Arizona State University

Andrés Duany discusses the future of planning and architecture, what students need to know entering the field, agrarian urbanism, the problems with modernist architecture, the potential of vernacular design, and a variety of other topics.
(Video is over 2 hours)

Andrés Duany, Arizona State University from Phoenix Urban Research Lab on Vimeo.

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