Urban Thinkers

                                                              

Urban Thinkers

Urban Thinkers below are proposing analysis and breakthrough ideas, view points, analysis, strategic thinking and innovative ideas to advance the cause of sustainable urbanization. Opinions and ideas are evidence-based, focusing on topics addressed by the World Urban Campaign, expanding on underlying themes and suggesting outcomes. Read, think, share!
 
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Given the dual challenges of inequality and climate change, we propose “energy democracy” as a framework for ownership of energy infrastructure.  Energy democracy promises to share the benefits of renewable energy, advancing equity and sustainab...
Designing and planning cities are profoundly political activities. There are no purely value-free or ‘technical’ solutions to urban problems: all decisions in urban development are political decisions insofar they must involve choice, negotiation, f...
Revaben and her husband Narsingbhai sell vegetables from the sidewalk along one of eight new model roads in Ahmedabad, India. Between about 9:00 in the morning and 9:00 in the evening, they sit on upside-down plastic crates amid huge mounds of fresh...
Have cities wound up being organized, intentionally or not, for families who have one parent staying at home to take care of children and able to live on one salary? At ground level, most cities are far too messy and anarchic to make this a...

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