Connectivity matters most in global urban economic growth
Cities are mankind’s most enduring and stable mode of social organization, outlasting all empires and nations over which they have presided...it is not population or territorial size that drives world-city status, but economic weight, proximity to zones of growth, political stability, and attractiveness for foreign capital. In other words, connectivity matters more than size. Cities thus deserve more nuanced treatment on our maps than simply as homogeneous black dots.
Global strategist Parag Khanna gives his outlook on the economic future of the world's megacities.More on Archinect:Connectivity, not territory: why we need to make a new map for the USHow neoliberalism is changing us (for the worse)These are the most economically distressed cities in the United... View full entry
Jan Gehl's perspective on making "a good urban habitat for homo sapiens"
Every time we build something, we manipulate the conditions of people’s lives, but most planners don’t know enough about this manipulation...I have worked very hard to find out what the life is that goes on inside our buildings and how our buildings influence that life...Because if you just do form, then you are doing sculpture, but if you look after the interaction between life and form, you are doing architecture.
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Hippies, craftsmen, and sociologists: "Learning by Doing at the Farm" examines radical education in 1960s southern California
It’s easy to forget that Irvine, the minutely planned southern California city awash in tract housing and shopping complexes, was regarded as a pretty radical place at the time of its 1971 incorporation. Almost entirely ranchland up until the mid-1900s, the area that would become Irvine... View full entry