This volume of the journal Progress in Planning (Vol.95, January 2015) seeks to contribute to the widening debate about how the transformation of cities to respond to the changing climate is being understood, managed and achieved. The authors focus particularly on spatial planning, and building the capacity of this key mechanism for responding to the adaptation imperative in urban areas. The core focus is the outcomes of a collaborative research project, EcoCities, undertaken at the University of Manchester’s School of Environment and Development. EcoCities drew upon inter-disciplinary research on climate science, environmental planning and urban design working within a socio-technical framework to investigate climate change hazards, vulnerabilities and adaptation responses in the conurbation of Greater Manchester, UK. Emerging transferable learning with potential relevance for adaptation planning in other cities and urban areas is drawn out to inform this rapidly emerging international agenda.
More than half the world’s population now live in a city. By the middle of the century, it’ll be 70%. This site has been established to explore all the topics affecting that growing slice of humanity. Focus is on matters such as infrastructure, governance and the built environment. The content is broken down into five sections: Business: finance, economics, and the corporate world; Politics: how cities are planned, managed and governed; Transport: planes, trains and automobiles; Skylines: architecture, demographics, and the fabric of the cities around us; Horizons: a place for ideas: past, present, and especially future. The site also keeps tabs on the topics covered most frequently, and lists them in the ‘trending’ section of the menu bar.
A key component of Oxfam’s urban framework is the generation and sharing of knowledge that can support its urban programming and feed advocacy and capacity-strengthening initiatives. An Asia Development Dialogue (ADD) platform was started in 2012 to promote multidisciplinary analysis and debate regarding a limited number of prioritized and cross-cutting issues that have longer-term implications for social and economic development in Asia. It is a joint collaboration among Oxfam Great Britain, Chulalongkorn University (Thailand) and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (Singapore), with support from the Rockefeller Foundation. Embracing the importance of collective thinking, multidisciplinary analysis and joint solutions in tackling the critical challenges confronting Asia today, the project leverages the expertise and networks of each consortium member to gather diverse stakeholders from government, the private sector, academia, media and civil society onto the same platforms. The topics included in this publication emerged during various ADD meetings that took place in 2013 focusing on the challenges and opportunities of secondary cities. The publication is not intended to be a report or a collection of in-depth analytical papers but rather an exploration of questions that the ADD discussions brought to the surface. This collection both highlights emerging issues and provides different perspectives on persistent issues.
While cities are the heart of our survival because they compel us to become “transboundary”, a shared revolution needs to be makeshift and informal. So said director of the Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Aromar Revi, at the Kapuscinski Lecture that formed part of the City Desired exhibition. A video of the lecture is available online.
Eurocities has issued a new series of six good practice case studies shows how cities are adapting to the challenges of growth and socio-demographic change. The series demonstrates how cities are achieving sustainable development by focusing on inward development with densification, energy efficiency and socially-balanced solutions. The examples featured come from the cities of Dresden, Munich, Stockholm, Utrecht, Vienna and Zurich. Each example offers guidance and inspiration for other cities to improve dialogue and participation into planning and development.
Organised by LSE Cities at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Deutsche Bank’s Alfred Herrhausen Society, the 2014 Urban Age conference investigated the link between urban governance and our capacities to engage with and shape the future development of cities. The conference, hosted in partnership with the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) acted as a platform for exchange and debate amongst over 350 policy-makers, academics, business leaders, urban designers, architects, and representatives of NGOs and local community groups. Videos of the presentations are available online.
This article describes the development of Tokyo and proposes a conceptual framework based on the concept of “information” that could be used to recognize and legitimize users’ participation in urban development.
The November 2014 issue of Planning, the magazine of the American Planning Association, includes this article which considers the importance of China’s first national urbanization plan.
The objective of this Special Edition of Habitat International (Vol.45 Part 1, January 2015) is to advance a dialogue that will promote the development of a more robust and useful measure of the prosperity of cities.
The current issue of this magazine, aptly named Divercities, aims at identifying how European cities are meeting the interlinked challenges of diversity and competitiveness. In the following pages, the word will be given to a series of scholars, practitioners and policy makers, all active in different forms at the local level. Their contributions will, on the one hand, analyse the reasons of the “urban factor”, i.e. the connection between diversity, closeness and innovation so typical of urban environments; and on the other, present some innovative approach and practices of diversity management in cities, which have proven particularly successful in favouring local development.