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We Need to Start Respecting Informal Workers

In the midst of rapid urbanization, the question of whether and how to formalize the informal economy is a growing concern. According to Caroline Skinner, the first step is to recognize the economic activities...

Data as a Mitigator in Slum Development

Slum rehabilitation is often a long-drawn and complex process due to the conflicting objectives of policy-makers, investors and slum-dwellers. But new tools of urban data science have the potential to...

Why Cities Must Plan With Inclusion In Mind

Around 180.000 people move into cities every day in search of better jobs and living conditions, but far too many end up in informal settlements, struggling to meet their most basic needs. To deal with urban...

An Organic Approach to City Design

In the quest for developing sustainable and liveable cities of the future, the urban planners, designers and architects should take a step back. According to Joi Ito, the Director of MIT Media Lab, the key to innovation is to empower and enable nature, rather than trying to control it.

Democratization of Design

We can no longer predict the outcomes of our actions when dealing with complex systems, like cities. According to Tim Brown, CEO at IDEO, this calls for a democratization of design and we must all participate.
Cities as big and complex as Tokyo presents new challenges for city planning - photo credit World Economic Forum

A Balanced Approach to City Planning

With urbanization the increasing complexity of cities has made traditional top-down city planning insufficient, calling for more democratized approaches. Finding the right balance between top-down and bottom-up will be the next big challenge.

Design for Cities and Lifestyle

When building cities long-term considerations for their livability are rarely a major concern. But that is maybe about to change as Toshiko Mori works to introduce an innovation and quality- driven approach to city planning.

Design Policy is Now!

With the Design for Smart Growth event Jens Martin Skibsted wished to establish Design Policy as an important field for policy makers. Looking back at the outcome he would characterize it as a success, but there is still a lot to be done.

We are all Ethical Hackers!

Design has the ability to make the abstract tangible and create desirable activities. When that ability is used to promote sustainability and improve the state of the world great things happen and we all get a chance to become ethical hackers.

Why we need Design in Policy Making

To address the complex problems of our global society we need creative and innovative solutions and design could play an important role in crafting these. But the first step is for policy makers to see the potential and invite design into the processes.