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By Charles Landry

City-making is an paintings, now not a formulation. the talents required to re-enchant town are a long way wider than the traditional ones like structure, engineering and land-use making plans. there's no simplistic, ten-point plan, yet robust ideas may help ship sturdy city-making on its approach. The imaginative and prescient for twenty first century towns has to be to be the main creative towns for the area instead of on the planet. This one switch of note - from 'in' to 'for' - offers city-making a moral origin and price base. It is helping towns develop into locations of unity the place the family among the person, the gang, outsiders to town and the planet are in larger alignment. Following the common good fortune of The artistic urban, this new publication, aided by means of foreign case experiences, explains tips on how to think again city strength in order that towns can enhance their id and adapt to the altering worldwide phrases of alternate and mass migration. It explores the deeper fault-lines, paradoxes and strategic dilemmas that make developing the 'good urban' so tough

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Who wants to live under a motorway? But for you it provides a vista – you can see the urban panorama. Is that IKEA in the far distance? Closer by there is a colonnaded shopping mall within a sea of car-parking and brand names. You can read the signs from a distance. The mighty M sign is one, the famous golden arches – that’s four or five within the last 3km. Then there’s Wendy’s, Burger King, Nando’s, KFC, Subway. BP, Texaco. Wal-Mart or Tesco or Carrefour or Mercadona. As signs they are as recognizable as a smile or a wave.

What do you feel? What do you touch? The city is an assault on the senses. Cities are sensory, emotional experiences, for good and for bad. But we are not accustomed to articulating things in this way: the smelling, hearing, seeing, touching and even tasting of the city are left to travel literature and brochures. It taxes our vocabulary as we are used to describing the city in an ‘objective’ lexicon deprived of sensory descriptives. We thus experience the city at a low level of awareness. We do not recognize, let alone describe, its smellscape, soundscape, visual spectacle, tactile texture or taste sufficiently.

It does not decry the virtues of science or the sustenance religion or other belief systems give. It is simply that its focus is on how people live together. The world is best understood, I posit, by reasoning and conversation without reference to higher authorities. It claims life can be best lived by applying ethics; which are an attempt to arrive at practical standards that provide principles to guide our common views and behaviour and to help resolve conflicts. It provides a frame within which difference can be lived and shared with mutual respect.

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