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A New Theory of Urban Design

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I first heard of Christopher Alexander during my studies at the Institute without Boundaries. We had to read two of his books to understand urban planning and architectural practices: A Timeless Way of Building and A Pattern Language. What drew me to his style of writing was his subtle poetic tone to evolution. It was intuitive and illustrative. Fast forward several years and I am now a part of the development world. And within this industry, I began to wonder if there was a novel that looked at the business with a different perspective. What I found was A New Theory of Urban Design. Continue reading

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OpenCity Weekly Review

Here’s our weekly review rounding up the best stories and ideas in public space from cities around the world. This week we bring you articles about Casablanca’s new tramway, lessons from Singapore’s “people first” planning strategies and a TED Talk by the creator of the Inside Out Project, JR.
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New Book Features OpenCity Projects – Interview

Our founder, Wendy Gold, caught up with Dr. Evren Tok on a book about improving urban systems to be released this month. Dr. Tok has a Ph.D. from Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration. His chapter discusses OpenCity Projects’ approach to creating better urban experiences.

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On Thinking Big

TED talks recently featured an inspiring presentation by Shai Agassi titled “A bold plan for the mass adoption of electric cars.” He argues that to succeed, electric cars need to be better, more convenient and more cost-effective than any gasoline-powered car on the market today.

This in itself is hardly revolutionary. What sets his plan aside is the fact that he’s developed a straightforward, actionable plan to turn this vision into a reality and have over ten million electric cars on the world’s roads by 2016. Australia, Denmark, Israel, Hawaii, and the San Francisco bay area have already signed up with many more sure to follow suit.

Sometimes you need to think big.

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