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Sheffield's Plans for a 'New' Shopping Centre Seem Strangely Out of Date

July 7, 2015 by Julian Dobson

Back to the '60s in Sheffield

The latest consultation on the future of Sheffield's city centre has led to a proposal for a brand new shopping quarter optimistically described by some of its proponents as the 'first of the new'. In the visuals, the city's non-white population is conspicuously absent. In fact, the proposals look more like a dinosaur than embodying the best of modern urbanism.[read more]

As Old Suburbia Becomes Urbanized as Cities Expand, How Do We Reconcile the Conflicts?

July 7, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly
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Vancouver BC City Skyline and Stanley Park

As cities expand, old suburbs become new urban areas and this can creates conflicts. Most of Vancouver's parts are suburban in their sensibilities. Toronto's inner suburbs are seen as holding back old Toronto and elitist old Toronto just doesn’t understand the priorities of the inner suburbs. How to handle this tension?[read more]

Voices of the City: Medina Dugger, Photographer of Lagos

July 4, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Medina Dugger, from Lagos

This week we meet Medina Dugger. Medina Dugger is a photographer and independent curator based in Lagos, Nigeria. Dugger has co-curated four editions of the LagosPhoto Festival, the first and only international festival of photography in Nigeria. She is also an avid promoter of women’s art, design and photography.[read more]

The Beautiful Marriage of Affordable Housing and Transport-Oriented-Development in Brazil

Minha Casa Minha Vida

How Minha Casa Minha Vida (MCMV – “My House My Life” in English)—Brazil’s affordable housing program—is transforming current patterns of urbanization in the country. MCMV has been responsible for a third of all housing projects in Brazil in 2013 and is helping to bridge the way we think about housing and TOD.[read more]

Making Lagos Work: Architecture, Economics and Politics

June 30, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Lagos is growing fast

A major city, Lagos' role in Africa, its growth, architecture, economics and politics are all discussed in the third part of this interview by Olamide Udoma with Robert van Kats and Remco Rolvink of DASUDA, a Dutch NGO.[read more]

How Our New Buying Habits are Changing Design Approaches to Public Markets

June 26, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Markthal Rotterdam

Today’s markets are more and more becoming community hubs where visitors can gather, shop, eat, socialize, and learn. Many of these new hybrid spaces are “changing the way we define a market". So operational strategies continue to evolve in order to meet the changing needs of today’s customers.[read more]

Hundreds of Young Cities are “Londonizing” – Suburban Districts Re-municipalizing and Seeking Community Renewal

Scarborough, Ontario – renewing itself

Hundreds of young cities like Toronto are going through a “Londonizing” phase, as suburban districts sort of re-municipalize and assume some of their old duties (and identities). Scarborough is a major suburban jurisdiction lying to the east of old Toronto that provides a good example.[read more]

Water, Education and Development: Making an African City Work

June 25, 2015 by Future Cape Town

The future of Lagos?

“Africa just keeps getting skipped during these larger discussions.” Water cities, protest over water privatization, working with decision makers, and the role of education in innovative change are covered in this conversation between Olamide Udoma andh Robert van Kats and Remco Rolvink of Dutch NGO DASUDA.[read more]

Vancouver Millennials Need to Get Over The Dream of Owning a Single Family Home

June 18, 2015 by Jillian Glover

Middle class protestors – a bit rich?!

The City of Vancouver has announced plans that will encourage the development of more family housing around parks, schools and community centres (i.e. three bedroom apartments, townhomes, etc). The dream of owning a single family home in Vancouver is dead. I urge millennials to get over it. If you want a big home, move to the suburbs.[read more]

How Great Communities Grow at the Intersection of Health and Design

June 18, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Cities should be designed to promote health

“Is your zip code more important than your genetic code [for determining health]?” asks Dr. Anthony Iton, Vice President for Healthy Communities of the California Endowment. In addition to the lack of wholesome food and opportunities for exercise, people in low-income areas “live in a fog of stress”, he says.[read more]

The Pressing Need To Provide More Affordable Housing

June 17, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Upgrade the slums

What must we do about the pressing issue of more affordable and social housing – one of the biggest issues of our times, from Cape Town to Lagos and London? Not only is there a desperate shortage worldwide, but a residential population in the central city is essential to creating the vibrant urban culture that one wants to see on a daily basis.[read more]

The Future of Woodstock: How Socially Inclusive Change by Design Works

June 16, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Listen to the people

Claire du Trevou reports from the ‘Change by design’ workshop hosted by Architects Sans Frontiers UK and Development Action Group (DAG), which put the regeneration of Woodstock under the microscope. Through extensive mapping of land use, coupled with spatial narratives, a development framework for the town could evolve.[read more]