Content tagged with: Making cities grow green
Blog - During 1963, IFHP celebrated its “Golden Jubilee”, or first 50 years of existence, in the Arnhem area in The Netherlands. The theme for the conference “Bigger Cities or More Cities?” reflected the same concerns Ebenezer Howard had some 50 years earlier, leading to the ‘Garden Cities’ concept.
Blog - The urbanization trend is growing rapidly, much faster than we think. We are facing social, environmental, economic, and cultural problems and new conditions emerge in the cities we live in. Especially one trend seems to be escalating in cities worldwide: while few citizens continue to become wealthier, poverty in the urban environment increases as well. People’s quality of life was one of the main burning issues raised by the five keynote panelists at the WCS in Singapore.
Blog - Even the important intellectual and planning theorist Lewis Mumford attended the 1925 conference. To him, the meeting testified that „(...) a new administrative unit, the region, is coming into existence to perform functions which cannot be taken care of either by the state or by the seperate city.“ (Journal of the American Institute of Architects 6/1925, p. 199). Thus, the NY meeting was instrumental in transferring the notion of regional planning from Europe (where it was particularly strong in UK and Germany) to the US.
Blog - Is there a need for a whole new way of doing urban planning and lead cities in order to confront the challenges of rapid urbanization, climate change and creating sustainable cities? During the World Cities Summit in Singapore in June 2012, the IFHP travel-squad asked three of the keynote speakers this crucial question. Here is what they responded: Professor Sir Peter Hall, University College London:
Blog - The urban population in the world is going to explode - that’s a fact and it’s unstoppable. What we don’t know is how cities will look like in the future. Will we have cities that are living nightmares – crime-ridden, polluted, or will we have dream-like cities, sustainable, green, friendly cities? Around the globe, cities, think-tanks, academics and networks are struggling to find answers.
Blog - Within 10 years, the city has reinvented itself, and today the New York gives both residents and tourists confidence and renewed optimism both for the everyday life and the days to come. About the winner of the Lee Kuan Yew City Prize, Kishore Mahbubani who is the Chairman of the Nominating Committee, said: “New York is an inspiring story of urban rejuvenation. With a big vision, strong leadership, and excellent partnership between government and citizens, there is a new sense of direction in the city.
Blog - Designed by Grant Associates , the 25-50 meter tall trees function not only as a sculptural park, but as a combined vertical garden - a conservatory eco system - where solar panels, air venting tower, and rainwater collection devices are all integrated in the garden. Very few gardens have been developed on such a scale and from ground up.
Blog - The third World Cities Summit in Singapore opens on Monday July 1st, and this year’s theme is "Liveable & Sustainable Cities – Integrated Urban Solutions”. It is the first Summit to be held in conjunction with two other energy and climate related events: the official Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) and the CleanEnviro Summit Singapore (CESS).
Event - UPDATE 3 December 2012 The participants' vision has been documented in this file: URBEGO planning workshop Gothenburg, September 2012 ---
Blog - What would Europe look like if hydrological boundaries and not political boundaries determined its structure?