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Communications & Messaging

Who Should Lead Bristol?

November 4, 2015 by Glenn Vowles

Different situations call for different leadership styles, consider: an emergency; a highly motivated and aligned team with a high and common level of expertise (the Mayor’s Cabinet?). Style adopted needs to be appropriate to the situation and to effectively achieve objectives and balance interests. Leaders that can adapt to suit different contexts have a distinct advantage in terms of achieving success.[read more]

10 Lessons in More Engaging Citizen Engagement

October 26, 2015 by Jillian Glover

Public Participation

As more people choose to live in cities, local governments find themselves facing increasingly complex issues in city-making. Demands for affordable housing and public transit, or tensions around gentrification and density are just some of the more high-profile critical conversations our cities need.[read more]

Cities Around the World Celebrate International Walk to School Day

This past Wednesday (October 7) marked the celebration of the fifteenth annual International Walk to School Day. Schools in more than 40 countries across the globe participated in the event—including the U.S., Turkey, Brazil and China—encouraging students to walk with friends or parents to school instead of taking private vehicles.[read more]

WE TEST: Big Data – Small Actions

October 6, 2015 by Walk21 Vienna

The WE TEST approach involves the use of data and experimentation to achieve citizen involvement, build the case for pedestrian and public space schemes and fast track implementation.[read more]

Each Street Redevelopment Is a Chance for the City

September 30, 2015 by Walk21 Vienna

Often cities trust in engineers’ or architects’ knowledge to design the public realm. But is it possible to do a good job without walking and experiencing the street?[read more]

Small Projects, Deep Roots: Building Community through Crowdfunding

September 18, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Founded in 2009, ioby (“in our backyards”) is a crowd-resourcing platform that helps neighborhood advocates turn ideas for their community into a reality. Their groundbreaking web-based tool combines crowd-funding and resource organizing to support resident-led projects that help turn our shared public spaces into places that are safer, greener, and simply more fun.[read more]

Placemeter Measures the Flow of People Through Urban Spaces

September 17, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Placemeter aims to provide an “accurate, flexible, and continuous measurement of how people and vehicles move about your city.”[read more]


How Sustainable Cities Collective Members Are Building a Better Future

July 29, 2015 by David Thorpe

Towards the green city [This is Singapore]

This is my last post for the time being on Sustainable Cities Collective and I want to take the opportunity to explain how I have come to understand the great value that it has. What will life be like for urban citizens in the future? The answer may depend upon whether you or your descendants will be living in a city which has implemented many of the ideas already covered on this website.[read more]

Social Media Sparks Large Spontaneous Urban Demonstrations Against Racism

July 29, 2015 by Nora Lindström

Demo shows power of social media

A beautiful summer afternoon formed the backdrop to a 15,000-strong demonstration against racism and intolerance in Helsinki today. The demonstration was prompted by a racist and xenophobic Facebook post by a member of parliament from the nationalist-populist(-racist) Perussuomalaiset (“True Finns”) party.[read more]

Could A City Really Be Redesigned To Build Happiness? An Interview With Charles Montgomery

July 27, 2015 by Walk21 Vienna

Planning for fun

Could a city really be redesigned to build happiness? One major aspect of liveability relates to how happy we can feel in the public spaces we inhabit. We talk to one of the leading authors in the field of urban happiness, Charles Montgomery, who will be a plenary speaker in the upcoming Walk21 conference in Vienna.[read more]

Barcelona, Medellín and the Right to Housing

July 22, 2015 by This Big City

A conversation starter

Barcelona and Medellín both suffer from the same problem of guaranteeing the right to housing. And this is exactly what is presented in the exhibition called Piso Piloto, or Pilot Project, hosted at the same time in both cities. It is an attempt to foster the exchange of experiences and knowledge regarding housing and its relationship with public space.[read more]


City Leaders: $164m Up For Grabs in the 3rd 100 Resilient Cities Challenge

July 22, 2015 by David Thorpe

Cities are woefully unprepared for the future

Cities around the world are now able to apply for a slice of $164 million from The Rockefeller Foundation in its 100 Resilient Cities Challenge. The opening of the third and final round of this challenge was announced yesterday at the “Cities for Tomorrow” conference.[read more]