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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 April 2016
Minecraft for the sake of urban design In cooperation with UN-Habitat, the Making Cities Together team in Nairobi organized a Minecraft workshop in Dandora, a suburb of Nairobi. During this workshop, the computer game Minecraft was used as a tool to engage the local community in the design of public space projects, in this case the Model street of the suburb. All layers of the population were offered the chance to become part of the design team.
The resident’s designs revealed the need for (...)
INTI and magazine My Liveable City (India) organize a knowledge tour to the Netherlands from April 11 to April 16, 2016. Currently, 31% of India’s population lives in cities and that number is supposed to rise to 50% by 2030. In order to steer the urbanization process, the national government unveiled a list in 2015 of 100 cities that are supposed to become smart and allocated money for an urban rejuvenation program for another 500 towns and cities in the next 5 years. Last but not least, (...)
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 (...)
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 (...)
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 (...)