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The PUBLIC Symposium:

International change makers & their transformative ideas There is a deep yearning for shared experiences and shared conversation as well as desire for projects, places and platforms where such encounters can unfold. It focuses our attention on the great virtues … Read More

The City 1.0, The City 2.0 & The City 3.0

Preface People complain how complex urban transformation is and how it might be possible to describe this in understandable terms. In giving talks I have discovered a very simple and useful way to characterize the different phases of urban development … Read More

Generosity & Meanness

Great cities show civic generosity and this in turn affects citizens who want to give back as they then take pride in where they live. This becomes apparent at first sight. Indeed first impressions of a city count as they … Read More

The personality of cities

I always like thinking of cities as if they were a person. It makes it easier for me to get a grip on them. Traditionally when we assess a city we look at its employment rate, its industries, its locational … Read More

Urban Acupuncture & Taipei

Taipei’s Urban Regeneration Organization (URO) launched an urban acupuncture programme in 2010 as a means of creating targeted actions that effect things catalytically, generate interest, surprise and establish energy in places. Their aim is to create small interventions with big … Read More

Starting the Conversation

I am really pleased to be starting a regular blog. I realize that I have not communicated very well with the people I have met over the years in many countries and others who have contacted me. This way I … Read More