1. Interview with Michael Keith, Director of the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), Oxford University


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    Michael Keith, expert on cities and migration, and Stefan Horn, artistic director of Nine Urban Dialogues (9UB), engage in a conversation on the demands of the cities of the present and the imperatives of the cities yet to come. They delve into forces like the market that shapes our cities as well as into alternative ways of structuring urban life. They touch upon sustainability and migration in the context of innovation and democratic rights, contesting notions such as the ‘global north’ and ‘global south’.

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        • school route


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          • FUTUROS URBANOS ABSTRACT (inglés)


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            Abstract del Libro Futuros Urbanos de Agustin Estefanell (Basado en el video Virtualization of life realizado para el concurso de JustArchitecture-Suiza)

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            • Designing Cities with the Informal in Mind


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              This video is part of a project by James Rixon at the University of Nottingham. The aim of the project was to: 1) Develop a loose urban simulation tool that roughly followed the type of informal propagation to be seen in Mumbai. The aim of the simulation model is to sufficiently simulate self organisational rules so as to have a self generating topotography that would if left without constraints develop into an infinite slum like topography. The visual aspects of the model are less important than the properties, characteristics and rules observed in reality and integrated into the model. 2) Following the development of th einformal encroachment simulator, to examine the influence of various spatial disturbances on the ground in Mumbai such as sloped topography, upstands, walls, trees, overhead roads, railway lines, existing buildings, typical routes and potential flood risk areas, and develop the possibility of reactions to these elements as environmental conditions within the simulative model. 3) Design an area of Mumbai using the knowledge gained from the simulative experiments to balance between formal (designed) and informal (allowed to encroach, sometimes deterred and sometimes encouraged through environmental design elements) development within the city in order to encourage a positive symbiotic relationship between typically competing/exclusive urban topologies. Designer/Researcher: James Rixon Tutor: Ulysses Sengupta, Eric Cheung

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              • Planning for Unknown Futures and Constant Urban Change


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                INTRODUCTION This video was showcased at Rethinking Cities: Framing the Future the 6th Urban Research and Knowledge Symposium (URKS6), held in Barcelona, Spain from October 8-10, 2012. The goal of the URKS6 was to inform policy choices that can help policymakers manage potential economic efficiency, environmental sustainability, and social equity tradeoffs associated with urbanization. The Symposium was organized by The World Bank, in partnership with the City of Barcelona. Our approach showcases new conceptual approaches and complex systems based digital tools developed by Softgrid Limited and post-graduate students at the University of Nottingham. The aim of the research is to provide possibilities for multi-scalar spatial planning, addressing the need to incorporate constant change, self-organisation and emergent behaviours within the morphology of mixed formal and informal urban topographies, especially in the context of the developing world. Full text on: http://blog.soft-grid.net/ Student Credits: Eric Cheung, Jonathan Pick, James Rixon, Matthew Sandhu, Benjamin Minton, Aurelia Lee, Adrian Tsang, Lenard Wong, Noriko Matsuda

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                • "jaqapparatus 1" by Chris Cunningham - NOWNESS


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                  The music video director-turned-artist Chris Cunningham retraces his varied and critically acclaimed career in this personal, self-directed short featuring his latest performance-art installation—a sci-fi robot ballet. Read the full feature on NOWNESS: http://bit.ly/1hVQRPC

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                  • Creative districts and urban development


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                    Creative districts and urban development using council properties to support creative entrepreneurship. Workshop - marzo 2012 urban center - Milano The workshop Creative districts and urban development: using municipal properties to support creative entrepreneurship investigates opportunities and barriers to achieving economic, social and environment sustainable regeneration in areas of Milan under transformation. The creative sector can be an important catalyst for regeneration in areas of economic and social deprivation. Many such areas have empty and underused spaces that provide an opportunity for supporting new and young cultural and creative enterprises. To capitalise on this opportunity, we need to find a new relationship between the city, the creative sectors and local communities. Future urban development strategies need to connect the interests of local communities with the economic, social and human capital that creative groups can provide. Furthermore, the new communities (the creative sectors) and existing communities (those already living and working in the area) must find a common language if they are to avoid conflict, attenuate unintended and negative consequences (such as gentrification) and to develop a thriving local economy. The role of the Neighborhoods is central to this process. Milan is undergoing a great transformation. From an economic view point the process of de-industrialization has led to the emergence of new and innovative creative sectors such as TV, design and fashion. Ten percent of all workers in the Italian creative industries are located in Milan – making the city both nationally and internationally important. However, it is important for Milan to continue to attract new and innovative companies. Milan has increasingly become part of a greater polycentric model which includes several suburban municipalities. One of the strengths of the city, however, is its strong local dimension. Neighborhoods have local resources that can be used for attracting new businesses and residents. Milan Municipality, and in particular Assessorato Area metropolitana Decentramento e Municipalità Servizi Civici, has put forward a proposal for reshaping the administrative and functional boarders of Consigli di Zona. One of the first actions is to empower the Consigli di Zona to manage their local municipal properties. This provides an excellent opportunity for fostering economic, social and environment sustainable regeneration at the neighbourhood scale. Achieving these goals requires a multi-dimensional and multi-disciplinary analysis. This workshop will use an innovative participatory method called the URBAN FUTURES METHOD to explore the conditions necessary for the successful reusing of council properties to support creative entrepreneurship and what elements of reusing council properties are vulnerable to changes in the future. The research team behind the Method has produced a set of analyses alongside this interesting methodology that together form a powerful tool for urban decision makers. www.umanourbano.it www.danielabenelli.it/un-bel-workshop-sul-futuro-della-nostra-citta/

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                    • Maarten Hajer on Fix it! The Energetic Society as a New Perspective on Governance for a Clean Economy / PICNIC Festival 2011


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                      The ambitious goal of a clean economy and a high-quality society can be achieved. It is "the existing powers of creativity and innovation within society that offer opportunities for green growth,” says Maarten Hajer in The Energetic Society, the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency Trends Report. Yet in order to exploit the potential of this energetic society, Hajer says, governments need to adjust and act in a timely way, otherwise they will be exposed to the powers of the energetic society that may effectively obstruct government initiatives. We need a new partnership and a new division of responsibilities. Innovation means planning for action and initiative, accepting the fact that mistakes will be made, and making certain that improvements are identified and implemented rapidly. Such innovation calls for a different type of government based on the notion of “radical incrementalism.” Putting the sustainable achievements of institutions and businesses in digital, shareable form is important for providing valuable examples and feedback. The challenge is to do more with less – something for which there is no instant solution. New ideas will constantly be required and may be stimulated by a government that commits itself to clear objectives and engages in new forms of social engagement.

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