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Discussing Waterfronts – Toronto

Waterfront Toronto: urban playground meets aquatic habitat

What does it really take to build a booming public waterfront? According to Project for Public Spaces a successful waterfront needs 10 qualities to flourish. Does this mean that if these former ports do indeed lack certain assets, they will not develop into booming public spaces? Or are some qualities maybe more important than others for long term sustainable waterfront development?

In a series of three blogs we are discussing the waterfronts in Barcelona, the harbour front in Rotterdam and the Waterfront in Toronto. From Barcelona Harbourfront and coastal area we learned that a strong community vision advocating local character, promoting historic identity and safeguarding accessibility are important for long term success. This vision however can be lost easily or be encouraged through good management. Rotterdam understood that every neighbourhood had its own atmospere and they looked and listened well in order to make things work in future projects.

What can we say about these qualities when looking at Toronto’s waterfront? Read More…

Talking Smart Cities @ City Age Toronto

Building an innovation economy

Caroline Vrauwdeunt – our City Work’s founder will be on the cast of CityAge: Build the Future on October 8 & 9 at the MaRS Centre in Toronto.

Cities are where we must implement the ideas and partnerships that build an innovation economy: new ideas in transportation, energy management, economic development, and resilient infrastructure that will build the future. Read More…

Discussing Waterfronts – Rotterdam

Waterfront Rotterdam: The right mix of social and water resilience

What does it really take to build a booming public waterfront? According to Project for Public Spaces a successful waterfront needs 10 qualities to flourish. Does this mean that if these former ports do indeed lack certain assets, they will not develop into booming public spaces? Or are some qualities maybe more important than others for long term sustainable waterfront development? Read More…

Discussing Waterfronts – Barcelona

Waterfront Barcelona: balancing between tourists & local identity

What does it really take to build a booming public waterfront? According to Project for Public Spaces a successful waterfront needs 10 qualities to flourish. Does this mean that if these former ports do indeed lack certain assets, they will not develop into booming public spaces? Or are some qualities maybe more important than others for long term sustainable waterfront development? Read More…

Stedenfabriek Innovative Leader op World Summit

Van 28 tot 30 september vindt The World Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship plaats in New York. Tijdens deze door de Verenigde Naties gesteunde summit zal Caroline Vrauwdeunt, founder van de Stedenfabriek, spreken over de toekomst van co-creatie en stedelijke ontwikkeling.

Samen met andere innovators geeft zij antwoord op de vraag: What will rejuvenation cities look like in a few years and how will they work? “Een enorme eer en een voorrecht om tussen al deze innovators te mogen staan, waar we ook in Nederland ontzettend veel van kunnen leren”, aldus Caroline. Read More…

No Rules No Refs in New Urban Development Game

The world of urban development is changing faster than you can say “innovate”.

The playing field of urban development – in the Netherlands especially – is experiencing fundamental shifts in power. Not only the playing field is changing also it’s players. This new game knows no rules or referees. All players are starting up or starting over. Read More…

Going International!

Our Startup finds itself in the midst of international attention

Recently we were the focus of international attention with our startup activities. Our interview by Jeroen Beekmans on PopUpCity spiraled an unbelievable amount of international interest on what we aim to achieve. Suddenly we found ourselves mentioned, shared and (re)tweeted and receiving an incredible amount of support. That is how US largest platform an magazine on world changing and innovative idea’s Fastcompany found us Read More…

Ruimte in Berlijn

In een driedaagse studiereis bezocht de Stedenfabriek diverse initiatieven die Berlijn kleuren.

Berlijn groeit, de werkloosheid neemt af, maar het inkomen ligt nog altijd lager dan het landelijk gemiddelde. Read More…