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.