The development of industrial and information technologies and space management concepts have always provided new tools and inspired new planning concepts to city planners and regional planners. This has, for example, been related to the development of modern transportation systems, new construction methods, new waste and water infrastructure and management systems, environmental management, etc. In parallel, we have debated over the past decades new concepts like: the rise o
Developing sustainable, competitive and resilient cities requires that new culture should transcend institutions at the national, regional and city level with more visionary, integrated planning approaches and frameworks that respect all resources and search for alternatives (economic, institutional, energy, etc). It requires inclusive governance forms, targeted planning and development education, and aware planning and development practice. Developing cities with these quali
7-8 August 2015 We visited this week the city of Manchester to explore the quality of its unique public spaces. Manchester city centre is composed of a series of inviting and well defined public urban spaces that were very liveable during this weekend. People - children, young and old, individuals and groups - seemed to enjoy using these spaces, including grass, steps and benches.