How does the concept of Prosperity relater to Livability? Is it maybe the difference between the objective “view form Nowhere” versus the experience of the ‘Everyday?’

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Still, how do we measure national happiness, well-being, and social capital as they relate to the way we plan our neighbourhoods, towns and cities?


One avenue is the Legatum Prosperity Index. “Wealth alone does not make for a happy and successful society. Happy citizens are produced as much by democracy, freedom, and entrepreneurial opportunity as they are by a growing economy.” Of note, this index tracks social capital as well, starting to value people’s connections and the higher levels of trust that result from frequent interactions.


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Green Infrastructure

The Landscape Institute has an informative page and information on Green Infrastructure and its value in urban design, which not only informs related design professions, potential developers and the public at large but includes a useful suite of visual documentation for download.

Green Infrastructure (GI) is an approach to land use that emphasises multifunctional and connected green spaces and ecosystem services.
This two-minute video introduces GI and the local benefits it can bring.


local green infrastructureLocal Green Infrastructure:
helping communities make the most of their landscape (2011)

Building on our 2009 statement on Green infrastructure, this guidance is aimed at inspiring local decision-makers and communities to make the most of their land, while helping wildlife to flourish, reducing flood risk, providing green open space for all, and delivering a wide range of economic, health and community benefits.

Download booklet (pdf)
Request print copies

Case studies

The booklet features eight case studies from across the UK where GI has been woven into the fabric of local communities, bringing a wide range of benefits:Eastern Curve, Dalston, London | Leeds City Region GI Strategy
Manor Fields Park, Sheffield| | Phoenix Park Gateway Gallery, Cheshire
Dalzell Estate, North Lanarkshire | Betjeman Millenium Park, OxfordshireGreening for Growth in Victoria, London | Bury Mount, Northamptonshire

To see more GI projects, go to the full list of all GI schemes in the case studies library


Click on the illustration for an animated example showing key GI elements 

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Cities Without Borders

I’d like to see how many people would be ready too try a personal  tele-portation service – especially if Microsoft have anything to do with it – much the same as peoples lack of faith in pilotless planes and driverless cars, only we enter another level of abstraction here – Star Trek’s “Beam me up Scotty” could lead to a permanent case of being “Lost in Translation” –  as in Dante’s Purgatory -literally.
On the issue of borders still being relevant – how do you feel about the concept of an Urban Edge policy, such as that of the City of Cape Town, which is designed to reduce sprawl , protect farmlands and pristine environments from encroachment, but is under stress from developers and squatters alike?

This post By Trevor Sudano – contributor to Future Cape Town, a This Big City partner site

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By  on 05 December 2012 in EuropePlanningUrban ScaleUSA and Canada with 0 Comments.

It is said that when Romulus and Remus began the process of founding the ancient city of Rome, they first delineated the pomerium, the sacred boundary of the city. Using a heavy plow, they would press down lines in the tall grass to designate this boundary. Where there was to be a road entering the city, they carried—‘portare’, in Latin—the plow to create a space along the boundary. Thus, the word ‘portal’, meaning a door, gate, or entrance, was born into our lexicon. The portal and the boundary have since maintained this symbiotic relationship.

Though this boundary was merely a symbolic one, the brick and mortar walls that surrounded Rome were soon to follow. We may now look back on this practice and see nothing more than an abstract ritual, but we, too, find ourselves in changing times struggling to impose order on the world around us.

Whether around cities or nations, borders today, though sometimes represented physically, are also inherently abstract, and this limitation results in their being expensive to maintain, inefficient and burdened down by bureaucratic red-tape. Consequently, they often fail, and almost always introduce impediments to efficiency and productivity that otherwise would not exist. With increasing globalization and distances being rendered null and void by technology, borders—at least their physical forms—will in the future, become a thing of the past.

With more people now living in urban environments for the first time in human history, we have a tremendous opportunity to harness the productive capacity of a city. Money saved from no longer maintaining physical boundaries could be better spent on developing the urban fabric of future cities. High density, multi-functional spaces, and interconnectivity are paramount. Investing in renewable energies as well as innovative food sources would further the autonomy of the city.

Lastly, cities must keep a beat ahead of the overarching trend discussed, which is the continued abstraction of the world around us. For example, once scientists figure out how to instantly teleport more than a quantum state, i.e. people, across distances, cities all over the world better be ready for the next phase of portal evolution and what it means for the continued dissolution of boundaries.