Amsterdam – less car parking spaces making room for green oasis

Amsterdam transit commissioner Sharon Dijksma announced that the number of people allowed to park in the city center will gradually decrease. At the moment, these people require a permit to access a specific space, but the cost of it will also rise in the near future. The proposed strategy is to reduce this number by 1500 …

How about car-free streets?

Focusing on sustainable mobility As a solution to heavy traffic in the center, followed by a lack of attractiveness in the central area, cities nowadays are turning their traditional streets into pedestrian thoroughfares, this way claiming city’s streets for people. Jane Jacobs, a journalist and great activist that influenced the urban studies of the 20th …

Indy Johar

On democratizing cities – Indy Johar

Democracy is the power to create society. How do we democratize the power to create society? What do cities look like when you talk about cities for 99%? Indy Johar, co-founder of Project 00, brings the idea of democracy and its ramification to cities in yet another dimension. In his talk, he espoused the idea …

The Past and Future of City

The Past and Future of City

“Old buildings don’t just connect us to our past. They are the cornerstone of a brighter future. The best part is: they are already right here, among us. And we are richer and stronger when they remain.” This past-future connection, old-new nexus line of argument supports the idea of historic preservation which Stephanie Meeks and …

Monaco

New insights into urban concentration and economic growth

Urban concentration, according to the dominant view, brings with it an array of benefits which include reductions in poverty, pollution and inequality. Apart from this, one of the most widely acclaimed one is economic agglomerations and productivity gains, which in turn, redound to faster and better national economic growth. The prevailing notion is that a …

Sustainalytics and their sustainability vision

Sustainalytics is a global leader in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) and Corporate Governance research and ratings. The investment industry is witnessing a revolution as the demand for the sector to take more responsibility for climate change and other systemic threats posed to our planet increases. Consideration of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) risks is …

Citymakers: The Culture and Craft of Practical Urbanism

In this rapidly changing and urbanizing world, the assumption that cities provide an ideal laboratory environment in addressing some of the most important challenges of the 21st century such as but not limited to inequality, climate change, and political participation has never been more relevant than ever before. There has never been a better time …

Urban Talks: Cars vs. People – Is your city ready for the future?

What is the difference between a city that is oriented towards people and one that is built for cars? Is the change worth it? Which one represents the future better and what is the current trend? Plenty of people believe that autonomous vehicles are the wonder that can solve all of mankind’s future urban problems. …

Timisoara 2021 Artistic Director

Community engagement through culture – Chris Torch

In recent years, it is evident that it is not enough to gauge a society in economic terms. A good society is one which takes into account the general well-being of its citizens. An important component of well-being is a feeling of belonging, a sense of camaraderie between and among the members of the community. …

Bruce Chen

“Believe in yourself…keep transforming”—Bruce Chen

“When the going gets tough, the tough gets going.” This expression perfectly applies to a situation when a start-up entrepreneur faces a tough dilemma but managed to be even tougher than the situation itself. With perseverance and resilience, a truly determined entrepreneur keeps moving towards his goal, abstracts the lessons learned and work even harder …