Coronavirus: We’re in a Real-Time Laboratory of a More Sustainable Urban Future

After coronavirus, a key question emerges: what in essence, is a city for? Is it to pursue growth, attract inward investment and compete against global rivals? Or is it to maximise quality of life for all, build local resilience and sustainability? T

Urban Resilience: Learnings from COVID-19

Natural disasters, economic crises and viral outbreaks have greatly impacted our cities in the past. Today, we witness this effect with the COVID-19 viral outbreak. It has heavily impacted food, accommodation, livelihoods, public transport, economy, and other public amenities available to cities globally.

Interview with Mark Burton of Steady State Manchester

For us, it is good to know what we are against, but if we are to fight for something better, then we really need an alternative vision.  Our idea is to work with those that come on that.  What comes out of it will depend on the level of interest, enthusiasm, creativity and commitment to do further work. 

The Urban Drivers of Economic Growth

Planning scholars have for years studied and criticized the mechanisms of urban land transformation that drive national economic growth. Urbanization is not the consequence of economic growth but the actual driver of it. The enlargement of cities, their number of jobs, estates and infrastructures, is a driving force behind growth.

Putting the ‘Public’ Back into Public Services

There is solid evidence that privatisation costs more and undermines human rights. The resistance to privatisation has turned into a powerful force for a positive cause, that of (re)municipalisation, which refers to reclaiming and creating new public services on a municipal level.

We Used to Just Call These “Houses”

We have a way in the modern world of rediscovering things that humans have always done but branding them as something trendy and a little alien. So it goes with the explosion of interest in “tiny houses” as an answer to what ails cities struggling to house and attract people.

The ironic thing about tiny houses is that they’re nothing new; it’s just that, in surprisingly recent memory, our culture had a different name for them. We called them “houses.”