Welcome to Future Cities 2.0? Not really. I'm planning to maintain Nicole Ferraro's sterling work in laying the foundation for a community engaged in all aspects of future urban existence -- from technologies of living to revolutions in infrastructure; from cosmopolitan ecologies to transit patterns; from soaring new buildings to recovering slums.
Not to mention chicken farming and sewage (all coming up this week).
Many of you know me from Internet Evolution or SaaS in the Enterprise, or perhaps from the odd story published here (and I do mean odd). If I'm a stranger to you, here are some handy city facts about me:
- I was born in London.
- I'm a longtime New Yorker.
- My favorite cities are New York, London, Barcelona, and Paris.
- OK, I have soft spots for Bangkok and Sydney, too.
- My favorite writers about cities include Iain Sinclair, Jonathan Raban, Jane Jacobs, Joe Mitchell, Lewis Mumford, and Henry Mayhew.
- I have never lived outside a city (if you count urban sprawl).
- My view of the world is that everyone today is more or less a city dweller.
- That's because urban technologies have global reach.
- I support the New York Yankees.
- I spend most of my time in New York's East Village or Brooklyn.
- I think humanity's future is urban.
I'm looking forward to bringing you stories direct from my home base in New York, a city which for most of its existence has been one of the world's premier crucibles for urban experimentation through its architectures, infrastructures, and startling diversity.
I'm looking to our excellent stable of contributors to paint a picture of international urbanism. We also need to take an increasingly imaginative look at cities yet to come -- cities of far-sighted planning and cities of dreams.
Does the future of cities lie in internationalist fantasies constructed practically ex nihilo, like Dubai or Masdar? Or does it lie in recovered and restored downtowns, like those of Chicago and Detroit, rich in the texture of history?
This journey is just beginning, and it's my privilege to invite you to join me.
— Kim Davis , Editor-in-Chief, UBM Future Cities