The Play Test

Creating extraordinary quality public space is seen as key to creating ecourban neighbourhoods that are attractive and inviting enough to entice city residents out of their habits and patterns of uses of city space to try something news. The public spaces of neighbourhoods are where the tests of diversity are most obviously passed and failed, … More The Play Test

Christiania: Space for Cycling Politics? Local Resistance in the ‘World’s Best Cycling City’ – Guest Post by Amanda K. Winter

Copenhagen has been in the spotlight for its green urban policies with numerous awards and titles for being among the world’s most sustainable and livable cities. An often cited reason for this is the culture of and infrastructure for cycling as a mode of transportation. In striving to become the ‘world’s best cycling city,’ the … More Christiania: Space for Cycling Politics? Local Resistance in the ‘World’s Best Cycling City’ – Guest Post by Amanda K. Winter

In Malmö, social sustainability by policy design … and by neighbourhood surprise

In Sweden, the City of Malmö takes the question of social justice to heart – in the same sense as intended by the World Health Organization in its 2008 report, Closing the Gap in a Generation: “Social injustice is literally a question of life and death.” The Commission for a Socially Sustainable Malmö was struck … More In Malmö, social sustainability by policy design … and by neighbourhood surprise

Dockside Green: How a community can grow in unplanned circumstances

Last week, a couple of our research team members: Stuart Dow, Mike Wakely and myself went to Victoria for a site visit of Dockside Green, a neighbourhood scale development project which aims at an ecological form of urban living. Although I was excited to be in Victoria, I had come into the site visit with low expectations simply because the project … More Dockside Green: How a community can grow in unplanned circumstances