Category policy

Innovation and the city report

via Co.Exist The upcoming elections in New York City brought us the retrospective of mayor Bloomberg’s policy changes to the big apple. Now, New York based think-tank Centre for an Urban Future, together with NYU Wagner have released a report with policy recommendations for Bloomberg’s successor. The report highlights 15 innovative ideas for the future […]

How mayor Bloomberg changed the face of New York

With New York’s mayor Bloomberg’s office coming to an end, the New York Times has an amazing animated page displaying the changes that NYC underwent during his governance. It shows how one third of the city has been re-zoned, where new bike lanes were introduced, where new constructions have been built. It’s all illustrated with […]

“Fun and fame, not guilt and shame”

When training dogs, everyone agrees that encouraging good behaviour is at least as important as punishing bad behaviour. Yet, when it comes to changing people’s behaviour, policymakers and the public alike tend to focus on punishment. How about looking at the positive side for a change? “Fun & fame, not guilt & shame”, in the words […]

The Ambition of the territory exhibit in Antwerp

“The Ambition of the territory” at deSingel Antwerpen  (05th of October 2012 – 06th of January 2013) by the temporary association AWJGGRAUaDVVTAT (Architecture Workroom Brussels, designer Joost Grootens, GRAU, architects De Vylder, Vinck, Taillieu and artist Ante Timmermans) Who? AWJGGRAUaDVVTAT is an urban think-(and-do)-tank that was selected by the Flemish Architecture Institute and the Flemish Government […]

DVD recommendation: The Pruitt-Igoe Myth: an Urban History

“It began as a housing marvel. Two decades later, it ended in rubble. But what happened to those caught in between? The Pruitt-Igoe Myth tells the story of the transformation of the American city in the decades after World War II, through the lens of the infamous Pruitt-Igoe housing development and the St. Louis residents […]

How bikes can solve our biggest problems

Fast Company’s Design website posted an infographic on how bicycles can solve several problems societies are facing today. Mobility and healthcare are mentioned, and ecological reasons aren’t hard to think up. It basically compares the US to Europe, and tries to show some of the advantages of a policy towards more use of bikes. It […]

Building for Brussels

Building for Brussels – or – how to face new social challenges?

In 2010, Brussels Capital Region organised an exhibition Building for Brussels – Architecture and Urban Planning in Europe. We found some videos that were made for the exhibition. In these videos, architects, urban planners and politicians argue how a powerful architectural and urban planning policy can provide answers to the new social challenges of Brussels.The […]