As the fastness of modern life in megalopolises creates the definite standards for vital space, one of the most important criteria of urban quality is its functionality and the ability to anticipate and prepare for changes and potential threats. Never before have so many people been exposed to such a hyper scale of impending ecologic and resources dilemmas. The capacity for catastrophic geo-political systems failure are the subjects of growing international awareness. Read More
Monthly Archives: januari 2015
Today, a city’s value is more often defined quantitatively rather than qualitatively. Economic performance and other quantitative measures are applicable to sustainable city values, but the definition and valuation of quality of life must be approached differently. A high quality of life is just as important to a city’s global competitiveness as economic performance, and that the two are inter-connected. What is the value of the city to its various stakeholders and how can we accommodate this in city planning? Cities need to be celebrated — through the centuries they have been vitally important in the development of mankind as centers of commerce, culture and learning. It is within the urban fabric where the greatest human advancements and changes in technology have occurred. It is vital that our cities continue to strive to be places of wonderment and centers of excellence against future challenges. Read More
Urban spaces are inextricably linked to the ecology of our planet and there is a compelling case for building new cities and retrofitting or expanding existing ones in ways that work in harmony with nature, by linking ecological and human systems. The city can become an ecosystem that embeds nature and people as equal partners to help rebalance growing urbanization. The objective is to achieve a city that works in equilibrium and balance with nature, rather than against it, to address the current excesses of urban living.
A human development approach to resilience focuses on people and their interactions, where power and social position are important factors. Resilience is to be built at the level of both individuals and society—in terms of their individual capabilities and social competence. Read More