The priority given to place and public space in the New Urban Agenda, an international agreement on cities that will be finalized at the Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador this week, marks an important shift for the global development community. But this document is still playing catch-up to how communities and placemakers are mobilizing on this issue.
This article explores the problems and possibilities of architecture today, and particularly how our systems of development and planning create the everyday urban fabric. How can we rejig our city building machinery to produce the city we want?
This is the introduction to a series of blog posts exploring how so many issues affecting cities around the world converge in our public spaces.
The Bass Initiative on Innovation and Placemaking has challenged me to observe closely and think deeply about the connections between the innovation economy, social dynamics, and the built environment.
As a Torontonian at heart, I’m always looking for opportunities to bring the stories of Toronto’s amazing accomplishments in city building to a broader audience. So in this article I drill down on the city’s Neighborhood Planning Offices, storefront workspaces that aimed to make city planning more accountable, convenient, accessible and responsive to communities.