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The Forum complex in the Dutch city Groningen is trying to show that town centres don’t need to sell to survive

Four-year-old Joris Niekus hops excitedly in front of a wall-sized flatscreen as his dad loads up an interactive version of Roald Dahl’s BFG (known as GVR in Dutch).

Seconds later, face beaming, his digitised silhouette is bopping across the screen together with Dahl’s gangly giant.
The new-look shopping mall that doesn't sell stuff
#Netherlands #Planningpolicy #Design #Culture #Society #Europe #Urbanisation #Communities #Cities #Artanddesign
 
The EU is mired in a crisis of legitimacy – but municipal movements are rebuilding democracy from below

Conservative politicians have long declared there is no alternative to capitalism. Many of capitalism’s cruelties, from housing crises and crumbling public amenities to increasingly precarious forms of employment, are most visible in towns and cities. But it’s also in these places that new movements are emerging and rebuilding politics from the bottom up. In cities such as Barcelona, Amsterdam, Berlin and Naples, local activists are defending human rights and public services against a rising tide of anti-immigrant xenophobia and fiscal austerity. We call these urban movements “municipalism”.

By achieving small victories around the world, municipalist movements are proving that there is another way of doing politics – one that begins in the places closest to us. It’s thanks to this movement that someone such as me, a woman from a working-class family who began my political career as a housing activist, can today govern a city s... Show more...
 
Nowhere beats the German capital for hedonism – which is one reason the price of real estate is rocketing. Can the club scene survive? As its home venue is closed down, we hit legendary party Cocktail d’Amore
Down the Cosmic Hole: are Berlin's 56-hour party people facing their last dance?
#Clubbing #Dancemusic #Germany #Music #Culture #Cities #Gentrification #Europe #Worldnews #Sexuality
 
We asked locals in the Belgian city to tell us how things have changed since the shake-up

The city has become a pedestrians and cyclists’ joy, especially for people like me who live in the city centre and have no car. As I type, they are busy turning our street into a low-traffic, communal woonerf or ‘living street’. It has become easier and safer to navigate the town on foot or by bike. Having recently returned from the Middle East the changes are even more striking, especially when it comes to my son. We were not ready for him to cycle before but teaching him to cycle on the roads here has been a fun and relatively stress-free experience. The changes have made an enormous difference to people’s quality of life. Khaled Diab, journalist and writer
'The streets are more alive': Ghent readers on a car-free city centre
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Ghent’s overnight transformation produced shorter journeys, cleaner air and a cycling explosion
How a Belgian port city inspired Birmingham's car-free ambitions
#Environment #UKnews #Birmingham #Transport #Belgium #Europe #Worldnews #Travel #Citytransport #Cities
 
"Such a #city depends on a responsive, legitimate government, and on devices that are open and transparent, freely auditable and secured through widespread scrutiny of their inner workings. It is a city and a technology and a government oriented around its people, designed to treat people “as an end in themselves and not as a means to something else”."

The case for #cities that aren't dystopian #surveillance states
https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2020/jan/17/the-case-for-cities-where-youre-the-sensor-not-the-thing-being-sensed

#urbanisation #urbanism #urban #urbanplaning
 
As an MP, Femke Halsema helped make prostitution legal in the Netherlands. So why does she now want to overhaul an area where sex workers famously ply their trade?
Amsterdam's Green mayor looks to reform red-light district
#Netherlands #Prostitution #Sextrade #Citymayors #Europe #Society #Cities #Drugspolicy #Drugs #Politics
 
Great #Zimbabwe & The First #Cities of Southern #Africa // #History Documentary

 
The Czech city has long had uneasy relationship with monuments to its history but, 30 years after the end of the communist regime, that could be about to change
Thirty years after the Velvet Revolution, will Prague finally erect a memorial?
#Cities #VáclavHavel #Worldnews #CzechRepublic #Czechoslovakia #Europe #Communism
 
Residents of the Cañada Real, Europe’s largest shantytown, are hoping the 16kms festival will challenge the area’s fearsome reputation for drug dealing and poverty

Just 15 minutes from the centre of Madrid lies Europe’s largest shantytown: 16km of thousands of houses, shacks and tents lining the roaring M-50 motorway. The Cañada Real has been the Spanish capital’s forgotten neighbourhood for decades, both thriving and suffering in the city’s blind spot.

This multicultural community is home to about 7,300 people living in six sectors – but it is Sector 6 that has given it its somewhat fearsome reputation. Here, drug addicts shuffle along listlessly as the dealers flag them – and passing journalists – down to offer cannabis, cocaine and heroin.

Sector 6 is the hardest bit. It’s the worst you can imagine in the developed world
Real Madrid: film festival puts city... Show more...
 
The controversial plan to redevelop Checkpoint Charlie
https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/nov/13/the-controversial-plan-to-redevelop-checkpoint-charlie
#Cities #BerlinWall #Germany #Europe #Worldnews
 
Everyone in Melilla has some connection to the city’s most visible and controversial feature: a huge barbed-wire fence, which separates this Spanish port city from the rest of north Africa. Asylum seekers like Aboubacar wait for months in hidden forest camps to scale the fence, populist politicians like Jesús want to strengthen it, and both the Moroccan and Melillan economy depend on the 30,000 Moroccans like Youssra who cross through it every day to work. Will Melilla embrace its fate as a city embedded in Africa – or will it succumb to populist Trump-style demands to build a wall?
  • Divided Cities is a five-part documentary series exploring five cities split by major global divisions
‘Make Spain great again’: does Melilla really need a Trump-style wall? – video
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#RamolaD Reports

Report 151: #EthanNash, #TOTTNews: #Smart #Cities & #Surveillance #Tech in Australia
 

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Inheritors of #Cities (Building #History)

On today's episode we explore an 1100 acre neighborhood that was turned into the St. Louis World's Fair before mostly being demolished.
 
Some coastal cities are reclaiming land as a barrier against rising water – then selling it off. But critics argue that climate change defence should not be a business model

“The island is going to be placed where the British empire’s fleet once was,” says Anne Skovbro, looking out from her office in a 19th-century customs house over Copenhagen’s harbour.

She points out the mooring posts where tall ships once docked, the old masting crane that marked the harbour’s outer edge, and the patch of sea where Horatio Nelson is supposed to have held a telescope to his blind eye as his ships set the city’s medieval centre ablaze.
Could cities profit from protecting themselves against rising seas?
#Cities #Denmark #... Show more...
 
A fire in a block of flats in one of the city’s most expensive neighbourhoods has highlighted Berlin’s increasing gentrification – and the plight of vulnerable tenants
Blind spots: a story about displacement in Berlin – a cartoon
#Gentrification #Germany #Cities #Europe #Housing #Communities #Society #Olderpeople
 
'A serious urban mistake': why Paris went sour on the new Gare du Nord
https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/oct/10/a-serious-urban-mistake-why-paris-went-sour-on-the-new-gare-du-nord
#Cities #Paris #France #Worldnews #Europe #Railtransport
 
Walking, friendship and tiramisu: Genoa’s centenarians share secrets of longevity
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/20/walking-friendship-tiramisu-genoa-centenarians-secrets-longevity
#Italy #Europe #Worldnews #Olderpeople #Cities #Society #Health&wellbeing #Lifeandstyle
 

The signature film for each of 50 major cities worldwide


Even if you're a casual movie fan, it's impossible to visit a major city and not conjure the memory of a favorite movie that was shot there. You walk into the main concourse of Grand Central Station in New York City, and it triggers a flood of cherished moments — "North by Northwest," "The Fisher King," "Carlito's Way" etc. You look up at the Empire State Building and see "King Kong!" You glance over to the Chrysler Building and there's Q, the Winged Serpent! Metropolises like the Big Apple are loaded with film history. But which movies own these towns?

Some are really well-known movies that you can quickly associate with the particular city but then I found District 9 for Johannesburg and was amazed to see how well the movie had done (for in independent production) and I'd never heard of it.

Let's trot around the globe to 50 cities and attempt to determine which fictional films best exemplify their real-life setting - see... Show more...
 
Horrible bosses: masked activists publicly shame businesses in Bologna
https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/sep/16/horrible-bosses-masked-activists-publicly-shame-businesses-in-bologna
#Cities #Protest #Italy #Europe #Worldnews
 
Sardine tins for the poor?: Barcelona's shipping container homes
https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/sep/06/sardine-tins-for-the-poor-barcelonas-shipping-container-homes
#Cities #Barcelona #Worldnews #Housing #Spain #Communities #Europe #Society
 
The soul of Perpignan: how a Gypsy community halted the bulldozers
https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/sep/05/the-soul-of-perpignan-how-a-gypsy-community-halted-the-bulldozers
#Cities #Roma #GypsiesandTravellers #France #Europe #Worldnews
 
The fall of Prague: ‘Drunk tourists are acting like they’ve conquered our city’
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/25/prague-drunk-tourists-conquer-our-city
#CzechRepublic #Europe #Cities #Alcohol #Worldnews #Culture #Society
 
As Berlin tries to switch to greener transport, people are choosing the bike, not the electric car – and it’s becoming a status symbol

In a fashionable corner of the capital of Germany, Europe’s “car nation”, parents picking up or dropping off their offspring have lined the edge of a popular playground with luxury vehicles. There are summery convertibles, wood-panelled multi-seaters and slim racers – but none of them has four wheels.

Jan Edler, an architect, has picked up his son Laszlo from daycare with a Bullitt, a Danish-built cargo bike with a platform spacious enough to fit the one-year-old and the daily grocery shopping.

39,200 electric cargo bikes were sold in Germany in 2018, compared with 36,062 electric cars

Volkswagen launched its own cargo bike but was met with scathing reviews by the bike community
Four wheels bad, but three sehr gut. Germans climb aboard cargo bikes
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- #WhatIf We #Built #Cloud #Cities on #Venus?



The #Earth might not be here #forever. A huge #solar #flare, an #asteroid #impact, or a #local #gamma-ray #burst - anything could wipe us out for #good. If we're looking for someplace to #escape to, there is one #planet in our #SolarSystem that is somewhat #similar to Earth, though we don't know much about it. It might even be #hosting some #microbial #life. No, it's not #Mars - it's #Venus.
https://invidio.us/watch?v=a-zZkuGAVQY
 
From butchers to doctors to teachers, people in paired towns across Europe discuss daily life – and facing the big split

Tanwir Jilani, 51, Jilani’s Halal Family Butcher, Longsight, Manchester

I think it would have been better to stay in the EU for business reasons. We’re all out to make a living

Although the idea of twinning towns predates the second world war, it was in its aftermath that the concept took hold as a way of promoting reconciliation and friendship between nations. Coventry, which suffered heavy bombing, was a pioneer. In 1942, women from the city sent a message of hope to the women of Stalingrad (now Volgograd), which had also been devastated. Two years later, the two cities agreed an official “bond of friendship”. Links with Kiel (1947) and Dresden (1956) followed.

The original idea to twin communities after the second world war was to reduce the risk of future world conflict

With Brexit, there will be difficulties. This makes the connection between Coventry and Dresden all the more val... Show more...
 
- #WhatIf There Was No #Salt in the #World?



- #Cities have been #named after it, #economies have been #built on it, #wars have been fought over it, your #life depends on it. Salt may be the most #important, and the most #divisive, #mineral in #history. What is it worth to us #today? There are more than 14,000 #uses for salt, but to most of us, it only means one thing: high #blood #pressure.
https://invidio.us/watch?v=_iiZj62GFvs
 
Outcry as preschool sets up in former Nazi concentration camp
https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/aug/14/outcry-as-preschool-sets-up-in-former-nazi-concentration-camp
#Cities #Holocaust #Serbia #Europe #Secondworldwar #Worldnews
 
What do you do with a derelict Center Parcs? Map out a waste-free world | Holly Dicker
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/14/center-parcs-waste-free-bluecity-rotterdam-circular-economy
#Ethicalandgreenliving #Cities #Worldnews #Netherlands #Environment #Recycling #Europe #Waste
 
Boar wars: how wild hogs are trashing European cities – podcast
https://www.theguardian.com/news/audio/2019/aug/09/boar-wars-how-wild-hogs-are-trashing-european-cities-podcast
#Wildlife #Cities #Barcelona #Europe
 
The illustrated city: in late 2013 Ukraine’s capital exploded in revolt against the government – with protestors using the very fabric of the city as their armoury
'They have bullets. We have the city': how protesters weaponised Kiev
#Cities #Illustration #Artanddesign #Culture #Ukraine #Europe #Russia
 
Outdoor smoking ban escalates war over Barcelona's restaurant terraces
https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/aug/09/outdoor-smoking-ban-escalates-war-over-barcelonas-restaurant-terraces
#Cities #Spain #Europe #Barcelona #Smoking #Airpollution #Environment #Society
 
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