Welcome to urbaNowism!
Designing Great Cities for People.
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Imagine what your city will look like in 5 years.
On your walk, ask yourself:
1) Will there be more vibrant spaces for people?
2) Will the buildings be more inviting towards people?
3) Will the whole urban region grow and become more healthy?
4) Will people move freely and efficiently around the city?
5 years may seem like a short time, or a long time. But designing great cities can take anywhere from a few minutes to many decades.
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Philosophy of urbaNowism:
A city is a gathering of people. A City is defined by the happiness of the people that live in it. There are three main factors that control happiness: Health, Economy, and Vitality.
Healthy people mean healthy cities.
The Economy is a city’s bread and butter: the city would not exist without its economy.
The life of a city, it’s vitality, is what a city is all about.
And the end product is happiness: happy people and happy cities.
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Great Design > City Life > Urban Vitality > Happy People
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Biography of Urban Design:
At first, cities were the centers of trade. People traded materials, ideas. Most of the wold’s population did not live in a city; they lived in rural farming communities. Soon,
The 21st century city:
We have arrived at a time where more than half of the world’s population lives in cities. We are past the reins of motordom, and car dependency is past. There is no question that peak car has occurred, and we will see our cities Car culture is over.
The question is how we design for cities. The solution requires us to see what defines a city, and what makes cites great. We must design our cities for the people. We must make our cities full of life, and so that tour cities are healthy, have strong economies, and happy.
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The Future of Cities:
Cities are biotic places filled with life. Designing great cities is not easy. Great city design benefits everybody, and makes the world a better place.
Kyle Zheng – 2013