Friday, June 6th, 2008

The new, new city


The New York Times Magazine has an interesting article about how the 20th century model for cities is pretty much played out, and how the urban centres of the future will have more in common with Shenzen or Dubai than wit mainstays like New York, London or Tokyo. Apparently apart from being playgrounds for the rich, these new cities are also where experimentation in new forms of urban living is at its strongest. Living in Vancouver, a city that pioneered mixed use, densification and sustainability practices, I can’t say any of this is particularly new to me, though it is an interesting read.

Warren Frey is a journalist, freelance writer, podcaster, video producer, and all-around media consultant currently based in Vancouver, Canada. His written work has appeared in such publications as Metro Vancouver, the Westender, Mac | Life and the Japan Times.

One Response to “ The new, new city ”

cam c. says:

I’ve read a few articles seen a bunch of documentary shows on Dubai and there’s apparently quite a number of ex-Vancouver city planning, development, and real estate people in that city… kinda makes sense.

Vancouver seems like a pretty effective planning case study, although I have to wonder how the inflexible condo developments will work as the city changes and grows…

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