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New New Towns is an international, multi-disciplinary research program organized by the International New Town Institute (INTI). The New New Towns program is dedicated to improve the urban and social quality of six exceptional New Towns in transition. These cities are experiencing fast urbanization and they face major urban planning issues.
Newsletter August 2016
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On June 30th, INTI brought together speakers from 12 New Towns on 4 continents in the Netherlands. During the conference, city representatives, academics, architects, sociologists and planners discussed the priorities within the New Urban Agenda for New Towns worldwide.
Innovations and challenges were discussed in cities as diverse as Tema and Ningo Prampram (Ghana), Guangming (China), Nakuru and Tatu City (Kenya), Spijkenisse (Netherlands), (...)
From Factory of the World to World City"
The spectacular story of Shenzhen is well known: a collection of rural villages became a new town in 1979 when the central Chinese government gave it the status of Special Economic Zone. Shenzhen turned into a metropolis and became a prototype for both economic and urban reform within China.
This publication discusses the major constraints in the current urban planning process in Shenzhen. Alternative trajectories are drawn by exploring new stakeholders, new social and economic values, (...)
The New Urban Agenda –the Perspective of New Towns
The global urbanization, which is presently taking place, is predicted to lead to 70% of the global population living in cities by 2050. This makes clear that cities will define the social, economic, cultural and ecological quality of human life in the 21th Century. It stresses the importance to redefine what our (...)
Bottom-up is not enough
In the sixth year of the global economic crisis some interesting shifts have become visible in the architecture world. The stream of great iconic buildings (designed by the likes of Zaha Hadid, Jean Nouvel, OMA, Foster, etc.) commissioned by commercial developers has lost momentum. Prestigious projects that were (...)
A City of Comings and Goings
Scrolling through the long list of victims of Friday 13 November 2015 in Paris, we see a heart-rending portrait of a young cosmopolitan generation from very diverse backgrounds: from the banlieues to the world of international architecture. They are not only lucky students who have seen the world on fellowships or (...)
In 1952, a year after Kwame Nkrumah became the first Prime Minister of what was then the British colony of the Gold Coast (now Ghana), the decision was made to build a brandnew harbour as part of the ambitious Volta River Project. For the relocation of Tema, a small fishing village that stood in the way of the new (...)
When Smart Cities are Stupid
A few years ago, when ‘smart cities’ starting dominating the landscape of urban trends, it seemed like a pretty exciting model. Technology integrated into every aspect of daily life! A more convenient, comfortable urban experience for everyone! Right? Not really. As this article will argue, smart cities as we know (...)