Today over half the world’s population lives in cities; this despite the fact that cities occupy only about 3 per cent of the earth’s land surface. Urbanisation has provided valuable economic, social and cultural opportunities, but are our cities at risk of becoming soulless? Might we be in danger of making our cities places where business goes on as usual but life in its real sense is lost ?
This blog aims to start a conversation about how can we work together to create more liveable creative cities. How can we improve the design of our urban spaces to enhance our well-being: to be more sustainable, more creative, and more viable? Our cities and urban spaces must fulfil many needs, from making us feel secure, to enhancing our sense of identity and belonging, to giving us the space to play and socialise.
What in particular is the place of art in the city? Is its function to celebrate, to reflect or to challenge our perspectives? Is it to help us dream and renew our imagination? What meaning does it add to our lives and public spaces? Thinking Through The City welcomes your comments and contributions.
This is a blog for everyone. We hope it will attract comments from people – citizens – of all ages, cultures and professions. What is it that you love about this city, or indeed any city? What’s missing? What would you change if you had the opportunity? Follow our conversation threads or add some of your own, either way, feel free to scroll down the page to add your comments or reflections.
Remember, you don’t have to live in Norwood Payneham & St Peters to have your say!