Sensors, people & the Smart City

In 2014 friend and I entered the Park to Pacific competition to design a parklet (i.e. a pocket park or very small green space) for a street in Sydney. We called our proposal Coogee Community Cultivation. The development of our idea is telling of how thinking has evolved in terms of how technology is, or can be, used to improve our lives. It is worth reflecting upon the impact … Continue reading Sensors, people & the Smart City

The Urban Legacy of Modern Spain – creativity & technique 02

Nowhere has the transformation that occurred during this period being more noticeable than in Spain’s large cities. They have become the greatest symbol of a nation emerging from 50 years of malaise. In cities the political forces, the labour, the skill and the financial capital all merged to give rise to initiatives, projects and transformations that have reshaped these cities. The now classic example is … Continue reading The Urban Legacy of Modern Spain – creativity & technique 02

The Urban Legacy of Modern Spain – creativity & technique 01

Setting the scene – 2008 Author’s note: this post will be part one of my reflexions on the urban changes in Spain in post GFC world. Part two will delve into the responses to the crises, mostly from built environment professionals. Finally part three will attempt to critically frame the changes in light of emerging transformative trends. We know the numbers, the magnitude, we may … Continue reading The Urban Legacy of Modern Spain – creativity & technique 01

Relation between building typologies & density

The result of the UK’s Urban Task Force‘s endeavours was the much lauded, amongst built environment professionals and urban theorists, Towards and Urban Renaissance which was published in 1999 and despite the intervening 16 years it still has messages that are relevant to us today. Its aim was to investigate how to accommodate a growing tide of housing without dismantling the rural-urban planning framework that the United … Continue reading Relation between building typologies & density

Dizengoff – vibrant summer in Tel Aviv

The ‘White City’ in Tel Aviv probably boast the largest collection of Bauhaus buildings anywhere in the world, but, more importantly, it is vibrant heart to an energetic city that never sleeps and is always creating. At the heart of this city one can find the Dizengoff Square. This square is steep in architectural distinction: An original public open space included in Patrick Geddes plan. … Continue reading Dizengoff – vibrant summer in Tel Aviv

The economic dynamics of cities – Jane Jacobs

I have just finished re-reading one of the final chapters in Jane Jacobs’ seminal work The Death and Life of Great American Cities. As everybody even vaguely interested in the dynamics of our cities knows it is probably the single most influential work in the field of urbanism.It marks a before and after in the conceptualisation of how cities work and the benefits of city … Continue reading The economic dynamics of cities – Jane Jacobs