March 11, 2017

Much of the way in which creativity has been seen is as a mechanical process, it has come to be dominated by management sciences and economics that view creativity only as a product. While creativity is now widely accepted as being good for city growth and


March 9, 2017

The Oxford Economics global cities 2030 study was released last year. It is the largest study of its kind forecasting the future population and economic growth of the worlds largest cities. It examines how urban landscapes will change by 2030. It lists the 750 largest...

March 4, 2017

Current global urbanisation is unique for a number of reasons. 

What took Europe centuries to achieve, Africa and Asia is doing this in less than 50 years. We measure urbanisation as the rate of people moving to cities. Here there is a difference between net migration a...

March 4, 2017

Hacking the city: unruly urbanisation

On the outskirts of Johannesburg, one hour from the centre of the city, 2000 people have erected glistening steel shacks on empty land. They have come from the rural areas. They are strangers. They have never met before, but they ha...

March 4, 2017

Ramon is behind the bar counter, his arms locked hands leaning against the edge of the old worn teak wooden counter. In front of him, his faithful companion Annie moves her slight frame back and forth serving drinks to customers. Annie is from Thailand, was from Thaila...

March 4, 2017

“Will we be able to use our creativity bolstered by cities to reorganise our urban societies in ways more tuned to living in harmony with out natural environment? Will we be able to organise towards a more just and equal metropolis?”

Sir Peter Hall

March 4, 2017

This is the age of networked human intelligence. When applied to research, networked human intelligence can create a new urban order. A higher level of thinking, knowledge, modes of being and even possibly internetworked consciousness amongst citizens. Indeed, with mil...

March 4, 2017

We are standing on the precipice of one of the most profound revolutions taking place in human history. In 2007 we passed a tipping point, for the first time people living in urban areas overtook those living in rural areas. The flourishing of human creativity, the ver...

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