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Networked Urbanism: Social Capital in the City

Despite considerable interest in social capital amongst urban policy makers and academics alike, there is currently little direct focus on its urban dimensions. In this volume leading urban researchers from the Netherlands, the UK, the USA, Australia, Italy and France … Continue reading

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Making cities wiser – Crowdsourcing for better decisions

The need in urban planning to make knowledge-driven decisions has spurred the creation of new solutions to gather and utilize insight from residents. Participatory planning has often been realized through workshops and during face-to-face encounters, but little of the knowledge … Continue reading

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Urban Design, Transport, and Health

Worldwide, the majority of people already live in cities and by 2050, it is estimated that 75% of 10 billion people have cities as an important social determinant of health. Air pollution, physical inactivity, noise, social isolation, unhealthy diets, and … Continue reading

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City Planning and Population Health: a global challenge

Significant global health challenges are being confronted in the 21st century, prompting calls to rethink approaches to disease prevention. A key part of the solution is city planning that  reduces non-communicable diseases and road trauma while also managing rapid urbanisation. This  paper considers … Continue reading

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How to build a Fairer City

Four leading academics propose the ‘grounded city’ – where sustainable transport, accessible broadband and modest housing take precedence over ostentatious tower blocks. Our manifesto is about how the fairer city can be achieved by changing both the imaginary and the … Continue reading

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Understanding Cities: Advances in Integrated Assessment of Urban Sustainability

The urgent need to reconfigure urban areas to consume fewer resources, generate less pollution, be more resilient to the impacts of extreme events and become more sustainable in general, is widely recognised. To address these issues, requires integrated thinking across … Continue reading

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Cities and Biodiversity Outlook – Urbanization, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

The world is increasingly urban, interconnected, and changing. If current trends continue, by 2050 the global urban population is estimated to be 6.3 billion, nearly doubling the 3.5 billion urban dwellers worldwide in 2010. More than 60 percent of the … Continue reading

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Architetti che vogliono Trasformare la Città in Boschi

La disciplina che si occupa di studiare soluzioni innovative imitando i comportamenti e le tattiche della natura è detta Biomimetica (Biomimetics o Biomimicry in inglese) e a tal riguardo Cristiana Favretto mi dice: “Noi seguiamo i principi della Biomimetica per … Continue reading

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A New Movement for The New City: The Problem With Cars

Cities have always been shaped by transport, and the planning and design of cities have always impacted on transport choices. Rising car ownership after the Second World War freed developers from the need to build homes within walking distance of … Continue reading

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Curitiba’s Plan for Creating a Cycle-Friendly City

The city of Curitiba announced the details of Plan Cicloviário on September 6th. The big news, however, is not the $90 million investment to implement hundreds of kilometres of new bike roads in the capital by 2016. Nor is it … Continue reading

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