Urenio Watch Watch: Cities

How placemaking builds places and communities

mit-dusp-places-in-the-making-1Public places play a key role in building community and placemaking can empower local communities to create a sense of “belonging” through place. A new report from Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT examines the interactions between placemaking, community participation, and the expanding ways communities are collaborating to make great public places.

How to make a city great

How_to_make_a_city_greatTo understand the core processes and benchmarks that can transform cities into superior places to live and work, McKinsey developed and analyzed a comprehensive database of urban economic, social, and environmental performance indicators. The result is “How to make a city great”, a new report arguing that leaders who make important strides in improving their cities do three things really well:

CityLab: Urban Solutions to Global Challenges

CityLab-MisoThe Atlantic, The Aspen Institute, and Bloomberg Philanthropies are hosting the event “CityLab: Urban Solutions to Global Challenges,” taking place October 6-8, 2013, in New York City. The event brings together 300 global city leaders’”more than 30 mayors, plus urban theorists, city planners, scholars, architects, and artists’”for a series of conversations about urban ideas that are shaping the world’s metro centers.

Green Cities Performance

Infographic-Green City LeadersThe infographic “Which Cities are Embracing the Green Revolution” is a comparative break-down of current environmental measures being executed in six of the world’ s major urban centres: New York, Vancouver, Copenhagen, London, Amsterdam, and Stockholm. It presents metrics of cities’ performance in areas such as CO2 emissions,