Culture - the things we find important, beliefs and habits - gives the city its distinctiveness - its flavour, tone and patina. The art of city-making touches all these dimensions.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
The Urban Trends book aims to share key ideas, movements and influences on city making and urban living.
Trends reflect what people care about, what they value and where we as a community are moving towards. Some trends, like the rise of bike riding are part of common consciousness, however others like the reasons behind the global migration of talent, will be fresh information to most. You will get great ideas for local projects to make your own city better, great statistics to share at dinner parties and the opportunity to go behind the scenes and see what really is shaping the way cities are evolving today.
BOOK 1 - DOING IT DIFFERENTLY (completed)
It's all about creativity and innovative entrepreneurship, pop ups, collaboration and the sometimes seemingly crazy. Doing it Differently looks at a range of creative and innovative solutions to the challenges of urban living. Creativity in all its forms is essential to the healthy evolution of urban environments, particularly when undergoing such rapid change. Often the young and differently minded can find ways to respond to local problems that policy and bureaucracy could take years to even acknowledge. Collaborative consumption the sharing or resources and peer to peer exchange, was named by Time Magazine in 2010 as one of the top 10 ideas that will change the world. The movement has triggered an urban adaptation with communities around the world actively creating the environments they want. Other groups such as Australia’s own Renew Newcastle have themselves been the catalyst for creative revitalisation projects globally. Look at photos of the book launch here.
BOOK 2 - FUTURE CITY SOLUTIONS (in progress)
Who's winning the battle of the city? the most liveable? the most loveable? We'll share urban trends through the ages and how they've shaped your favourite cities. We'll be launching a new Pozible crowdfunding campaign in the next few months with the aim of having the book printed, bound and ready for sale by September 2013.
BOOK 3 - GETTING AROUND
There is nothing more influential than transport systems on how a city looks and feels, this all about trends in biking, parking, driving, and walking. Available 2014.
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This year Place Partners turns 5 years old! To celebrate, we are organising a mini place making festival for September 2013. Kylie's second book in the Urban Trends Series 'Future City Solutions' will be launched to coincide with this event.
The books have arrived and are ready for purchase. Follow the links above to purchase your copy.