A tragedy of the commons: China’s Yangtze River

An observation essay from The Economist’s Intelligence Unit focus’s attention on how rapid industrialization, together with equally rapid  urbanization, conflict with the goals of “green hydro-based power” and  ambitious bureaucrats, all result in a mighty “muddle” – is this another case of planning’s inability to deal with the complexity of large scale natural and cultural systems ? I  wonder how … Continue reading A tragedy of the commons: China’s Yangtze River

Mayor of Seoul: Forging Ahead with Cross-Sector Innovations

 This essay by the  mayor of Seoul, Korea, recounts his path to government office and explains why social innovation is central to the way that he governs. From the Stanford Social Innovation Review by Won-Soon Park |     SUPPLEMENT TO SSIR FUNDED BY THE ROCKEFELLER FOUNDATION We are living in a remarkable era of connectivity. People living … Continue reading Mayor of Seoul: Forging Ahead with Cross-Sector Innovations

Richard Sennet: The stupefying smart city

From the Urban Age Electric City Conference Richard Sennet’s talk on the different ways a “Smart City” might be performed gives forth alternative ways technology might in fact make opportunities for citizens and participants to create the city rather have it developed “top-down” by architects and bureaucrats, this despite the on-going concern that  through the pervasive surveillance … Continue reading Richard Sennet: The stupefying smart city

Djenne: An Evolving Cultural Landscape

See on Scoop.it – Urban Choreography Who manages a cultural landscape that has global importance? Does the United Nations have final say or the local community? It turns out a complex web of interests shape these evolving cultural lan… Donovan Gillman‘s insight: Whose culture is it anyway? See on dirt.asla.org

Food Security, Food Gardens and Social Responsibility Investment

This information from Eddie Bisset of  Herbex whose Happy Child Foundation have been involved in helping Khayelitsha home owners with establishing food gardens as part of their on going social responsibility investment. We have been working on a ‘backyard veggie garden’ project in Khayelitsha to increase food security and reduce malnutrition. This project will be … Continue reading Food Security, Food Gardens and Social Responsibility Investment

Stronger Citizens, Stronger Cities: Changing Governance Through a Focus on Place

A welcome emphasis on actor-network associations and the politics of place rather that the usual focus on the built environment’s morphology , the paving, benches and “littering” the site with street furniture by Project for Public Spaces “If vibrancy is people, then the only way to make a city vibrant again is to make room for … Continue reading Stronger Citizens, Stronger Cities: Changing Governance Through a Focus on Place

Eat Your View | Veenkoloniën Netherlands | Felixx

Integrated research on sustainable agriculture that incorporates realistic acknowledgement of the impediments to the success of this process are seldom voiced in more that banal terms such as “market economy” “farmers markets” etc – going beyond green activists  and  urban hippies day dreams proves more than challenging; Her is one response reported by Damian Holmes … Continue reading Eat Your View | Veenkoloniën Netherlands | Felixx