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How Melbourne Reinvented Itself One Block At a Time [Video]

June 30, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Melbourne street life

Melbourne is famous in urbanist circles for the revitalization of its central area. In 1992, 40% of the buildings were empty above the first floor and only 5 residents actually lived in the core. Today, there are over 29,000 residents in the central area and Melbourne has become revered around the world for its vibrant public spaces and innovative laneway repurposing.[read more]

It's a Trend: More Businesses Are Choosing Downtowns and Walkable Locations

June 23, 2015 by Kaid Benfield

Spot the Amazon HQ.

More and more businesses are choosing to locate in downtowns and walkable suburban locations, in part to attract younger workers who prefer a less car-dependent, more urban lifestyle. This brings hope for repair of urban damage, though some cities (such as Detroit and Cleveland) still have a long way to go to full recovery.[read more]

How a Genius Placemaking Experiment Rescued the Failing City of Zaragoza

May 29, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

The city as a laboratory for citizen-led innovation.

The inspiring story of how a group of architects, citizens, community organizations, and city agencies turned round a city where unemployment was at an all-time high, property values had plummeted, and there was deep social unrest using citizen-led placemaking, in five years.[read more]


City Resilience and Renaturing are Creeping Up the Agenda

December 3, 2014 by David Thorpe

Some of the 35 new Resilient Cities in the Rockefeller Foundation's network.

The ideas of renaturing cities and making them more resilient is gradually creeping up the international agenda. This week it was announced that 35 cities have joined the Rockefeller Foundation's Resilient Cities project, while a successful EU conference in Milan has just finished, which heard many examples of cities throughout Europe that are hosting regeneration projects.[read more]

Without More Than a Vision, the People Perish

October 27, 2014 by Julian Dobson

Urban Vision and Future Planning

Setting visions for cities can be challenging. The Welsh Government has risen to that challenge with its regeneration program. Here’s its vision statement: "Everybody in Wales should live in well-connected vibrant, viable and sustainable communities with a strong local economy and good quality of life."[read more]

Should we shift from 'Sustainable' to 'Regenerative'?

February 10, 2012 by Zachary Hirschfeld

"Is your marriage sustainable?"That was a hypothetical question posed in an evening discussion at the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research (SPUR) Association in September. The panel discussion featured prominent figures in Sustainable Design: Robert Thayer, Sandy Mendler, and Sim van der Ryn. In the middle of the forum, the...[read more]

Ten things we didn't learn about regeneration

October 24, 2010 by Julian Dobson

On Saturday I was in East London for the Not A Gateway festival, a celebration of urban difficulties – a place where artists, urbanists, students and community activists got together to explore the complexities of city life and, importantly, how social justice fits into narratives that are still largely dictated by the property industry.[read more]

The Story Creates the Place: Placemaking and Community Planning

May 18, 2010 by Julian Dobson

Attempt to capture the character of a place and, if you're not careful, you soon resort to stereotypes and clichés. Or, if you're a little bit careful, you eschew the stereotypes and come out with something equally distorting. Try to grasp the essence of Scotland and you soon find there are few universals. Scottish rural and...[read more]

What is a regenerative development—really?

March 18, 2010 by Pamela Mang

Ahmad Nadalian The idea of regeneration has clearly caught hold in the building and community development world. It’s starting to show up everywhere. But how can we tell whether a project is or will be regenerative? In embracing the term, are we in danger of demeaning its power if we don’t fully understand it?  Is it just green...[read more]

Stop talking about the knowledge economy. Start building a wisdom economy.

February 20, 2010 by Julian Dobson

We know we're in the middle of seismic shifts in the way the world operates. We don't know where they'll end up, or where any of us will be when the dust settles, if it ever does. Will we have a job? A pension? A home? Someone to care for us in old age? We do know, though, that we'll need to be more resilient, more adaptable, and more...[read more]

Regeneration: your starter for ten

February 10, 2010 by Julian Dobson

Regeneration - time to think differently View more presentations from Julian Dobson. Today I'm chairing a discussion on the future of regeneration in the UK. Three organisations - New Start magazine, Shared Intelligence and Urbed - have got together to get this conversation going, and we're looking forward to being joined by a...[read more]

Learning? That's so 2007!

February 7, 2010 by Julian Dobson

We can, you can: lessons in regeneration View more documents from Julian Dobson. I've lost count of the number of times I've heard people who are passionate about improving their communities complain about how quickly officials take their eye off the ball. Here's another example: the regional centre of excellence for regeneration...[read more]