On Resilient Settlement

Tools and strategies for transition

Five Key Takeaways from the World Urban Forum

The hard work proceeds to implement the New Urban Agenda It’s been over a year now since all 193 countries of the United Nations adopted by acclamation the “New Urban … Continue reading

July 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

Horizons of Pattern Languages

The well-known 1970s innovation in the field of architecture has spawned many surprising developments in other fields, notably software — but why has it not had more success in the … Continue reading

January 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

Watch out for those “externality costs!”

I think the name of the game nowadays is not left and right, not populist and elitist, not rural and urban. It’s the Tragedy of the Commons, and we’re all … Continue reading

June 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

How pedestrian-connected cities may actually be smarter cities

New insights into neuroscience offer some intriguing parallels to urban dynamics – suggesting an “urban connectome” may be the key to city vitality.     A few years ago, the … Continue reading

January 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

A tale of two urban futures

Urbanism will play a key role in a choice between an “age of human capital” and an age of depletion and division. Before she died, the great urbanist Jane Jacobs … Continue reading

January 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Urban Acupuncture in Medellin, Colombia

A case study of strategies for catalytic self-organization One of the recurrent themes of this blog is that urban self-organization is a powerful dynamic that ought to be of more interest (and use) to urban designers, planners and other actors. Th…

October 21, 2012 · 4 Comments

Toward a Theory of “Place Networks”

Two very different examples of place networks, not far from each other in London. Top photo, Seven Dials, offering a very complex, rich network, serving human users at a very high level of quality. Lower photo, an impoverished network, serving mac…

May 6, 2012 · 2 Comments