Begun in 2010 by then-Denver Mayor, now-Colorado Governor, John Hickenlooper, as a way to re-direct attention away from China and Europe as trading partners/cultural competitors, the Biennial attracts leaders from Canada, the U.S. and Latin America.
Mayors and other urban leaders must reframe the question of how 'friendly' their city is to older residents to is my city implementing age-ready plans, policies and investments today to respond to the certainty of demographic change and related demands tomorrow?
For Art Basel, "Favela Café" has been a huge miscalculation. If it seemed funny or brilliant for an instant when it was first proposed, that moment is long past. What we are left with is a ramshackle jumble of bad taste.
[Defense attorney] West said: "Trayvon Martin armed himself with a concrete sidewalk and used it to smash George Zimmerman's head." He added, "That is a deadly weapon." As designers of sidewalks, egress and public streets, how do we begin to consider the perversity of this phrase?
Land-use policy is one of the most powerful -- and underutilized -- tools communities have for steering the evolution of their economies. With the global corporate economy rife with hidden costs and consequences, more communities would do well to take advantage of it.
Take a harder look, and see the reasons forests and farms have been elemental to growth management legislation, emulating the naturally evolved agricultural region that has always surrounded the City of Rome.
Living Cities found that municipal fiscal strain, inadequate infrastructure, poor educational outcomes, a skills/job mismatch and a struggling housing market, will be defining urban issues for years to come. I thought it would be helpful to highlight the four key ways that cities need to adapt.
Unfortunately, when it comes to these far-away urban places, not all of us have real-time access to the inspirational modern projects served by transit, or the historic monuments, streets and squares that illustrate the potential of creative city life.
The Great Gatsby showed me how the cars and outfits have changed, but commuting into and out of the city has not been updated much since the 1920s. Yes, bridges and roads have been improved, but it is still faster to get to certain places via car than train.
Of course it shouldn't be this way. There shouldn't be so much decay. This is America: the land of milk and money. But it is this way, and without national leadership, the housing crisis in the industrial heartland is unlikely to stop.
Data plays a crucial role in any serious effort to reduce urban poverty. It's tough to design initiatives and measure success without a clear understanding of who people are, where they live, and what problems they face.
We can't know for sure when or where the next crisis will hit -- only that it will. But despite these certainties, most cities are woefully unprepared to manage these shocks. Now is the time to help cities build resilience.
Amazing things happen when you bet on people -- including entire transformations. But with this ability comes great responsibility, in all of our work, to grapple with the big moral questions of our day.