ideas for cities

This Big City on tumblr is your source for ideas that can make cities better. It is curated by Joe Peach and Lucas Lindsey.

Joe founded This Big City in 2009. He is a Marketing professional and works in one of London's most sustainable buildings.

Lucas is an urbanist, futurist, and blogger. He's the child of a suburban nation, but born again believer in an urban future. He lives in Tallahassee, USA.

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Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.

Mike Childs quotes Paolo Freire as he asks: What needs to happen to our cities to help us navigate towards a more sustainable, better tomorrow?

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“One molecule more” has become the school’s philosophical slogan, guiding planning and development for a facility that will eventually generate its own energy, and grow enough produce to feed its students and members of the community. The developers envision the campus as a “third teacher”, offering practical education through its gardens, greenhouses and innovative designs.

Katherine Rowland on a sustainable school in Chicago.

What will an extra eighth of a cent buy you? Bumping up sales tax in San Antonio from 8.125% to the 8.25% maximum allowed by the state, which every other major Texas city reached between 1978 and 2003, will bring in an estimated $31 million in annual revenue. The city would use this revenue, along with up to $11 million in annual matching funds from the state for at-risk students, to roll out Pre-K education over eight years. The projected annual contribution is $7.81 per household.

Anne Schwieger on San Antonio’s plans for funding pre-k education.

Cities are man made creations, but they function like an ecosystem. A skyscraper changes more than the skyline. A road brings more than transport alternatives. A community garden contributes more than just a bunch carrots. Developing a better understanding of the interconnected nature of urban environments allows us to design cities that are more efficient, more liveable, and more sustainable.

Joe Peach on the future of urban design education.

「城市是人為產物,但運作卻與生態相似,高樓大廈不僅改變天際線,道路不只提供另一條動線,社區花園不僅自產胡蘿蔔,若瞭解都市環境彼此相連的狀態,就能設計出更有效能、更宜人居、更永續的城市。」

Joe Peach論都市設計教育的未來

The notion of sleepless nights spent toiling over the design of a hypothetical museum or even the genuine article of a micro design-build project does little to enliven an understanding of the underlying and surface complexities that run constant in the shaping of the urban realm.

William Hunter on education and urbanism.

「我們在無數個夜晚裡輾轉反側,不斷思考某座假設博物館的設計,甚至是某個真實的小建案,但我們無法因此更瞭解在都市表象之下,那些不斷形塑城市面貌的複雜力量。」