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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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Join our NDSM Shipyard Expedition

Win your ticket to our Spring Amsterdam NDSM Shipyard Expedition

Schermafdruk 2015-02-22 12.39.55This RAW harbourfront, is an exciting place, known for its hip and trending festivals and cultural events. This area is also part of a large revitalization. Already the adaptive reuse of industrial heritage has captured the NDSM history forever as part of its future, but it faces many more challenges.

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Erasmus students embrace cocreation

Exchange students at the Urban Management Institute of Erasmus University Rotterdam (IHS) showed enthusiasm and ambition to learn more about “open source city making” and using the value of stakeholders & end-users in their future projects during our GoCreateWithUs-Masterclass.

The Brazilian students are in the Netherlands attending IHS’ 12 month course Urban Management & Development, with a special focus on Sustainable Urbanism. Wednesday November 26 they attended our GoCreateWithUs Masterclass organized as an extracurricular activity in coordination with IHS. In the morning – packed with theoretical basics – they already showed great ambitions to be of value in their respective cities. 2014-11-28 15.25.23
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The Future of Open Source City Making

Open Source Collaborative Urbanism is taking up an ever increasing part in today’s City Making. Do you ever wonder what the future of your city looks like?

But we are not there yet! Our thoughts on open source city making as we time travel through history into the future and call upon everyone to change it together! We wish you safe travels!

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…

Co-Creation Events Amsterdam Shipyard Building

Some 20 entrepreneurial pioneers explore shipyard building’s future.

Tuesday and Wednesday May 20 and 21st two co-creation events took place in collaboration with the shipyard building’s owner Mediawharf Monumenten. Some 20 entrepreneurs explored a new future for this Industrial Heritage Building. 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…