Posts Tagged:Public space

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Walking tour: Vienna’s highly debated Mariahilferstraße

On Friday, I participated in a walking tour along Vienna’s highly debated Mariahilferstraße which was recently turned into a shared space and pedestrian area and will hopefully become a great street for pedestrians and cyclists if the citizens of Vienna’s adjacent 6th and 7th districts vote to make these changes permanent (more on the current…

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Great Placemaking brings Life back to Christchurch City Centre

When I recently saw the movie “The Human Scale” on Jan Gehl’s impressive work in cities around the world, I was particularly touched by the scenes from Christchurch and the struggles between people and developers as well as local and national politics on the city’s future after the devastating 2010-11 earthquakes. As we’re approaching the…

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Is Public Space a Public Good?

Is public space a public good? According to Mark Kingswell, an award-winning professor of philosophy at the University of Toronto, the answer to this question is “No”. As discussed in his lecture on February 20, 2013 at SFU Vancouver, public space is a key place where intellect and imagination has to be exercised but we are…

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Climate Change in the City

At the recent Smart Cities Week in Vienna, Fritz Reusswig from the renowned Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research talked about the impact of climate change on cities. Climate change is here, we are on track to an unprecedented 4-6°C temperature increase until 2100 and climate change adaptation and mitigation are both necessary, just to…

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Hammarby Sjöstad: Sustainable urban development at its best

When I went to beautiful Stockholm for a long weekend last month, I also spent a sunny Sunday afternoon in Hammarby Sjöstad, the city’s landmark sustainable urban development district. As I’ve taken some pictures, let me share some of the ingredients of this exciting urban development project.   A dense and walkable neighborhood First of…

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The unique planning history of Vienna’s Donauinsel

As Vienna’s Donauinsel (Danube Island) celebrates its 25th birthday this year, the Architekturzentrum Wien recently devoted an evening to its planning history, featuring an interesting talk by Harald Erber in which he talked about August Zottl’s (and his son Hermann Zottl’s) vision behind the island as well as alternative proposals and current development scenarios. The…

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Connecting in the urban environment

Last week was packed with so many great events that I needed some days of reflection before blogging about all those exciting and inspiring insights. First of all, I attended the Opening Night, City Conversations, and Rain City Chronicles events of the SFU Public Square Community Summit and the Carbon Talks lecture. Moreover, I volunteered…

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