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The Project Support Centre is located in the School of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Westminster.

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Moving toward an evolutionary theory of cities

Posted on: 11 November 2014
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A popular new study claims to lump cities into four types. The author of this article argues that the real science of cities is heading toward a more complex understanding of how urban spaces evolve.

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What makes a city ‘smart,’ anyway?

Posted on: 11 November 2014
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In recent years, urban planners, cross-sector leaders, and city enthusiasts have trumpeted the rise of “smart cities.” In this article, the author asks what exactly makes a city smart?

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Just cities for children: Voices from urban slums

Posted on: 7 November 2014
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This report highlights World Vision’s experience in supporting children to express their ideas for a better city to key decision makers on a global platform, and in mainstreaming child participatory processes into its urban programmes. The paper analyses the ways in which children are able to contribute to safe, healthy, resilient and prosperous cities by influencing urban policies, processes and institutions that better reflect the diverse needs of children. It also addresses questions about children’s abilities to participate, and how this engagement takes into account their evolving capacities and vulnerabilities.

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Re-constructing Sarajevo: Negotiating socio-political complexity

Posted on: 4 November 2014
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Together with local academic and institutional partners, the London School of Economics Cities Programme co-ordinated a research orientated fieldtrip to Sarajevo. Learning from a multidisciplinary cohort of speakers, the discourse stretched across themes from history and politics, to architecture, urban planning and migration. This knowledge exchange, shared between a group of LSE master students and University of Sarajevo PhD candidates, offered a mirror to reflect on the city’s challenges and opportunities in the aftermath of twentieth century socialism and war. Further confronted by intensifying changes in global economic trends, its political, social and spatial conditions constitute a future of uncertainty in the practice of city-making today. In bringing to light a city that is both investing and reflecting on the long-term impacts of urban transformation, the publication hopes to contribute to improving an understanding of the contested urban reality brought about by profound socio-political complexity. The publication reconstructs in academic essays, written dialogues and urban design proposals how the city has evolved over time, across different powers, cultures, influences and points of collision, while recognising how they are beginning to metamorphosize in the current age.

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Urban planning blogs

Posted on: 4 November 2014
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A listing of urban planning blogs.

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Future City Standards Institute

Posted on: 29 October 2014
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The UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has commissioned the British Standards Institute (BSI) to develop a standards strategy for smart cities in the UK. The strategy identifies the role of standards in accelerating the implementation of smart cities and providing assurance to citizens that the risks are being managed appropriately. The first working session of the Future Cities Standards Institute, a new partnership between the Future Cities Catapult and the British Standards Institute (BSI) took place in late October 2014. The Future Cities Standards Institute, housed at the Future Cities Catapult, will drive the development of a coherent standardisation work programme to create the right condition and help future cities market to flourish.

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The low cost construction techniques fueling Asia’s affordable housing boom

Posted on: 16 October 2014
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Rapid population growth and urbanisation has precipitated a boom in affordable housing projects across Asia. To capitalise on these projects, developers are on the lookout for new construction techniques that can reduce costs, whilst retaining build quality and durability. This article considers the latest cost-saving construction techniques available, as well as one with the potential to revolutionise the entire construction industry.

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How can the UK innovate for the world’s cities

Posted on: 13 October 2014
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This is the first research publication from the Future Cities Catapult, in partnership with UK Trade and Industry. It argues that the UK is particularly well placed to provide the products and services the world’s cities need.

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Urban factorisation report

Posted on: 7 October 2014
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Urban factorisation enables a city, and its decision makers, to keep building upon its uniqueness and remain the place people want to visit or live. It empowers them to build the future without destroying the essence of the place with misguided plans. Urban factorization engages in a holistic, multidisciplinary and collaborative user centred approach that can enhance the chances of the city and minimize erroneous changes which emerge from ‘best practice’ attempts of imitating another city, aspiring to be what it is not, or trying to force what it can be. This report came out of an event which took place on 27 July 2014. It contains the original manifesto, the event description, as well as the findings and the recommendations that came out of the afternoon walk/ workshop. This methodology is not restricted to urban settings but can be applied in workplaces and environments, healthcare, education spaces and all kinds of collaborative spaces.

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Expanding cities

Posted on: 29 September 2014
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This issue of the RICS journal Modus looks at the challenges of ultra-fast urban development, and the role that surveyors can play in helping future megacities to avoid dysfunctional legacies of poor infrastructure and insufficient housing.

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