Urban Planning: Take a Strategic View

Copenhagen's approach to urban planning mixes a long-term strategic view with short-term experiments, says Tina Saaby, city architect at Copenhagen Municipality. She told Future Cities that more cities should emulate this approach at the Royal Institute of British Architects annual research symposium last month.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 06:00 EST | 6
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Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
1/6/2014 3:33:59 PM
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Re: Incremental successes
That's exactly how NYC has gone forward with pedestrian plazas and the like... pilot projects are a great way to get the community used to something new and make adjustments after humans have had the chance to interact with the revised space.

1/2/2014 10:44:06 AM
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Re: What architecture does
Mary, I guess cities have public access television that get some of the word out but not everyone watches the city goverment in progress. So there has to be a a way to get the word out to the citizens that a meeting is being called for on such and such a date to discuss such and such and public comments are welcome. i've noticed that not a lot of people are interested in local goverment issue. 

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
1/2/2014 9:35:48 AM
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Re: What architecture does
Happy New Year to you too, Daved!

The public should indeed be included in architecture decisions. I do think that's part of putting more thought and planning into what we build in cities. We aren't doing enough of that now, clearly. As cities get larger and more dense, while resources get thinner, it's going to be more important than ever to take time to plan and consider what goes up.

1/2/2014 9:27:24 AM
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Re: What architecture does
First off, HAPPY NEW YEAR!


Todays Architecture is nothing compared to what it once was...why can't a building look great and do many great things like being sustainable, energy efficient etc. I'm tired of driving to and from places and seeing the same style of buildings everywhere I look.


Also I think Urban Planning needs to include the public, the public should be made aware of what is going on and have a say in the planning of city spaces. Not everyone will get involved but those that do will have a pretty good impact on city planning.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
12/31/2013 1:28:47 PM
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What architecture does
Among the great points made by Ms. Saaby here is that architecture must be evaluated for "what it does, not just what it looks like." What a great point, and one that should be taken into account more by some famous "starchitects" -- such as Rafael Vinoly.

12/31/2013 1:00:39 PM
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Incremental successes
I remember this view being discussed in threads a few months ago, but I agree that along with the long-term strategic planning cities do that there must be periodic testing of mini strategies (for lack of a better word) that can be adaptive to current issues/conditions - and that can be lerned from.

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