Urbanism

The Domain of Sustainable Urban Development: Practitioners, Agendas and Frontiers in the Global South

Tarun Bhasin • Jul 22, 2020 • 1530

The Domain of Sustainable Urban Development: Practitioners, Agendas and Frontiers in the Global South

The Mandate

In 2015, the United Nations declared a mandate to all national governments and people across the globe to make cities and human settlements, inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. Underlying this mandate are three conversations: addressing issues of peace and conflict, effects of Climate Change, and the growing problem of inequality. Today, the theme and questions of Urban Design underpin, how, these conversations are shaped by urbanization, governance, and planning of all new and old cities. (2014 revision of the World Urbanization Prospects | Latest Major Publications - United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, 2014)

By 2050, the world’s urban population is expected to double, making ur (...)

Urban Design's Reckoning: From Clientelism to Deliberate Action

Tarun Bhasin • Jul 4, 2020 • 1371

Urban Design's Reckoning: From Clientelism to Deliberate Action

How Urban Design Practice Relates To Spatial Justice And Its Embedded Dimensions

Allowing Each Individual To Pursue His/Her Ambitions Will Lead To Social Benefits, Which Adam Smith In The Wealth Of Nations Also Termed As The 'Invisible Hand.' The Statement Drew From His Observations On How Capital, Labour, The Act Of Production, And Consumption Had Mostly Behaved Historically. The Statement In Isolation Made Sense For The Longest Time. (Rasmussen, 2016).

Image Credit: Warsaw, after World War II, was reconstructed by reimagining its 18th Century paintings from the time period of the First Industrial Revolution, since its urban fabric structurally remained the same, The Guardian

The act of production is dependent (...)

Developing our cities of tomorrow

Antonello Magliozzi • Jul 1, 2020 • 2611

Developing our cities of tomorrow

“Small, tactical interventions at the neighborhood scale have the potential to make a big impact” says Foster + Partner team in a recent report on “reimagining Our Cities post-Covid-19”. They “broadly sketch three strategies for helping London survive Covid-19 and thrive in its wake” with: garden streets, active mobility and high streets reimagined. Bruno Moser, Theo Malzieu, Paula Petkova, part of the F+P Urban Design team, see new challenges and opportunities for policy makers, designers, innovators and contractors, especially now in the pandemic era with an acceleration of commitment. An opportunity for a "global green new deal" such as that of the Reinventing Cities competition, with an initiative alr (...)

Yosuke Hayano of MAD on connecting nature to architecture at reSITE 2019

WA Contents • Sep 20, 2019 • 3657

Yosuke Hayano of MAD on connecting nature to architecture at reSITE 2019

reSITE, an annual global forum discussing the most urgent issues in the urbanized world, has started its second day with the lecture of Yosuke Hayano, principal partner in MAD Architects in China.

Hayano has delivered a keynote and been in conversation with reSITE’s guest curator Greg Lindsay. In a 30-min talk Hayano highlighted that how the studio connects nature to architecture in a natural way as much as possible. Hayano also highlighted that they are trying to create an "emotional" connection through architecture in every project. reSITE is taking place from 19-20 September 2019 in Prague's Forum Karlin,Czech Republic and its 2019 theme is REGENERATE, the annual conference explores the essential questions on environment (...)

"Our aim first is to solve a problem" says Thomas Heatherwick at reSITE 2019

WA Contents • Sep 19, 2019 • 6914

"Our aim first is to solve a problem then try to come to end with a meaningful intervention," said Thomas Heatherwick, founder and design director of Heatherwick Studio.

Heatherwick has delivered a special keynote at this year’s reSITE, an annual global forum discussing the most urgent issues in the urbanized world.

In a 30-min keynote, Heatherwick explained how he is designing his projects by combining art and architecture to give them artistic attitude that pushes the boundaries of the briefs requested by his clients.

reSITE’s theme for 2019 is REGENERATE, exploring the essential questions on environmentally policies to create resilient infrastructure, while the conference also discusses how smart techn (...)

“Cities should be a part of food consumption” says Chris Precht at reSITE 2019

WA Contents • Sep 19, 2019 • 6426

“Cities should be a part of food consumption” says Chris Precht at reSITE 2019

“Cities should be a part of food consumption", said Chris Precht, co-founder of architectural studios Precht and Penda, at this year’s reSITE, an annual global forum discussing the most urgent issues in the urbanized world and reSITE’s this year’s theme is REGENERATE.

reSITE has started its provoking discussions with welcoming keynotes by international well-known figures, including Ravi Naidoo, Bianca Wylie – after a welcoming address by Martin Barry, founder & chairman of reSITE. The conference is taking place from 19-20 September 2019 in Prague's Forum Karlin, Czech Republic.

Chris Precht, known for his use of natural materials with a low carbon footprint, addressed the issue of nature (...)

How smart cities contribute our future cities in advanced urbanism? Discusses Bianca Wylie at reSITE

WA Contents • Sep 19, 2019 • 5788

How smart cities contribute our future cities in advanced urbanism? Discusses Bianca Wylie at reSITE

The contribution of smart cities and smart technologies to our future cities is one of the main topics and urgent issues for urban regeneration that has been discussed at this year’s reSITE, an annual global forum discussing the most urgent issues in the urbanized world.

reSITE has started today with its triggering theme REGENERATE from 19-20 September 2019 in Prague's Forum Karlin, Czech Republic.

Bianca Wylie, as one of the prominent speakers of the event, has delivered a keynote on “smart cities”. Wylie's lecture addressed the most important questions: are “smart cities” really about building better cities, or different aims completely?

Bianca Wylie highlighted that "truth is m (...)

"Design Indaba is trying to create a better world through creativity and impact" says Ravi Naidoo

WA Contents • Sep 19, 2019 • 5632

Ravi Naidoo, founder and managing director of Interactive Africa and Design Indaba, has delivered a keynote in the first day of reSITE for this year’s theme REGENERATE.

Interactive Africa is a Cape Town-based company that combines marketing, project management, logistic prowess and creative production to work on projects that promote South Africa.

Design Indaba, a creation of Interactive Africa, is an online publication with an annual festival and social impact, Do Tank that inspires and empowers people to create a better future through design and creativity.

"Creativity is the ultimate renewable source of energy," said Ravi Naidoo.

"What’s design for?

Is it in service for people?

Give (...)

"There is a risk about taking "housing" just as an object" says Richard Burdett at reSITE 2018

WA Contents • Jun 14, 2018 • 21191

reSITE has opened its 2018 Conference with a provocative overview by Prof. Richard Burdett on "endless cities" and the future of housing to provide a theoretical overview at the main stage of reSITE, which is held on June 14–15, 2018 at Prague’s Forum Karlin.

"There is a huge risk about taking the housing issue just as an object", said Richard Burdett at the resSITE's first lecture. Burdett also proposed a workable solution for a healthier planning for housing issue.

The issue of Regeneration should be considered with Housing+Jobs and this should be part of the whole Planning process, according to Burdett.

"There should be a general attempt to regeneration issues in the cities and there should be a cer (...)

reSITE 2017: the Future of Cities Depends on Innovative, New Infrastructure

WA Contents • Jun 29, 2017 • 16935

reSITE 2017: the Future of Cities Depends on Innovative, New Infrastructure

reSITE 2017 has ended up after many long discussions, sessions and propelling dialogues to search for alternatives and new strategical tools for In/visible City - basically means 'for a usable infrastructure'. Over one thousand visitors attended reSITE 2017: In/visible City that took place on June 22-23 in Prague, reported reSITE for this year's festival.

Architects, municipal leaders, planners and investors represented in the audience were blown away by the lectures of the universally heralded Kazuyo Sejima from SANAA, Deputy Mayor of Paris Jean-Louis Missika and the inspiring and visionary Winy Maas from the envy of the architecture world, MVRDV.

World Architecture Community is media partner for this year&ap (...)