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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 May 2016

Alamar expedition Born out of necessity, Cuba has one of the most extensive systems of urban agriculture in the world, providing the population with a high percentage of their green vegetables. The country also has a well-functioning healthcare system based on prevention which makes it both cheap and effective. Furthermore, the beautiful 17th century downtown area of Havana is an exquisite case of colonial heritage preservation. All of this may be endangered as the country is opening up to (...)


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Setting the New Urban Agenda
for New Towns #4

International New Town Day, June 30th 2016

> Less is more: Zero waste policies
With climate change catching on, every city is concerned with its level of sustainability. Where older cities are trying to adapt their original structure, New Towns have the opportunity to incorporate sustainable measures into their (relatively) new urban structure. Both the New Towns of Curitiba and Almere have understood this very well. Though via two different approaches, both New Towns show how waste recycling and green growth can be encouraged. (...)


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Article by Wouter Vanstiphout and Michelle Provoost
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 (...)


Article by Michelle Provoost
Tema Manhean
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 (...)


article by Rachel Keeton
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 (...)


Article by Linda Vlassenrood
Chinese urbanization through the lens of Da Lang
Shenzhen is a city that has been raising eyebrows for years, because of its fast development and exceptional position. However, the everyday reality in Shenzhen can be unruly. As a city, Shenzhen mainly thinks in top-down strategies and simply adds new hardware – the sum of infrastructure, buildings and industries (...)


article by Haotian Lin
Making Housing Affordable in Fast-Growing Chinese Cities: A Shenzhen Perspective
Like many other Chinese cities, Shenzhen is experiencing intense spatial transformation. Downgraded neighborhoods are replaced with luxury housing, shopping malls and offices. Such development might improve the competitiveness of the city, but ignores the affordability of the city for lower-income groups. The (...)

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