Weekly Urban News Update
August 10th, 2018
In This Update
A Look into the Past
A Global View
Steps Toward Equity
A Look into the Past

Old Questions, Old Answers
Take a moment from your consideration of the equitable urban future that we tirelessly strive for, and reflect on a past era, and experiment, in urban design. A 1972 film about a modernization project in the small British City of Aylesbury provides an echo from an era that has more and more to teach us everyday. Read more  here.

(re)Building Local Legacies
Many smaller cities in the U.S. are grappling with the results of a generation of neglect as resources and people have increasingly flowed into the few but massive major metro areas. One strategy that is being deployed in New York State is to fund the local ownership of abandoned buildings as a means to encourage homegrown entrepreneurship as well as revitalization, not only of buildings, zones, and neighborhoods, but of the community the depends on and defines them.  Read more  here.
A Global View

Smart Streets
...Are modular. At least in the vein of the Removable Urban Pavement project, which is a street planning model that has been in development for a number of years now. The most current iteration of this idea comes in the form of hexagonal pieces of pavement, with embedded smart technologies, that can be rearranged, programmed, and modified to meet the needs of the city in real time. There are already plans for implementation in Toronto. Read more about what our future streets may look like here.

A New Boom
A fishing village in Oman is undergoing development at an unprecedented pace, and due to its location, maybe one the new metropolitan hubs of the Middle East. The fishing village of Duqm has enjoyed a lot of attention from local and foreign investors in the past few years, and the result is a hyper modern city rising out of the desert. With a port equipped for global industrial scale trade, a new oil refinery, and luxury development interests increasing, the town of Duqm is poised to further highlight Oman's global strategic position, and the direction of the country in the near future. Read more here.
Steps toward Equity 

Master Planning
Dean Saitta, Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Urban Studies Program at the University of Denver, provides a thoughtful meditation on the role that colleges and universities have in urban planning. By focusing on his home institution, and its relationship to the larger city of Denver, and State of Colorado, Professor Saitta provides vocabulary and important considerations about the spaces of academia, and their relationship to place-making in civic life. Read more here.

A New Wave of Concern
As housing prices across the U.S. are again reaching the record highs of the previous decade, the discussions of "bubble" and looming crisis may need some updating. According to some researchers the current spike in housing prices indicate a par-for-the-course development in the global economy, that is, not the indication of a speculative boom leading to a bust. However, though research may show that the current real estate situation is simply matter of growth, there is still a  simultaneous crisis of vacancy for new developments and displacement due to lack of affordable options. Read here.
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