Design is directed toward human beings. To design is to solve human problems by identifying them and executing the best solution.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
The Urban Trends books aim 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. 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, interesting statistics to share at dinner parties and the opportunity to go behind the scenes and see what really is shaping cities today.
BOOK 1 - DOING IT DIFFERENTLY (Available now)
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 of 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; communities around the world are actively creating the environments they want. Other groups, such as Australia’s own Renew Newcastle, have been the catalyst for creative revitalisation projects globally. Look at photos of the book launch here.
BOOK 2 - FUTURE CITY SOLUTIONS (available now)
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. Future City Solutions shares some of the most innovative responses to the challenges that are facing cities today. It explores global responses to universal urban problems and illustrates how ideas, both small and large, by community and by government, can all contribute to a better future for our cities and their citizens.
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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.