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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?

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City Works Innovative Leader at World Summit

The 28th till 30th of September The World Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship will take place in New York. At this summit supported by the United Nations Caroline Vrauwdeunt, founder of City Works, will be speaking on the future of co-creation and urban development.

Together with other innovators she will be answering the question: What will rejuvenation cities look like in a few years and how will they work?  “A great honor and privilege to be on the cast with all these innovators, which we in the Netherlands can learn so much from”, Caroline says. 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…

Berlin Space

A three-day-field-trip to Berlin gave us an insight in the ever growing initiatives that color Germany’s hottest city.

Berlin is growing, unemployment is decreasing, but income is still way below average. Read More…