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Democratic Renewal: City Link Symposium 2015

The New Metropolitan is participating in an exciting day of events exploring Democratic Renewal. Various aspects of urban citizenship will be discussed in a morning of talks at Summerhall and in an afternoon of activities. The symposium is being directed by… Continue Reading →

Moving mountains: Sweden’s plan to relocate a whole arctic city, with or without its citizens.

By Dominic Hinde Follow the author on Twitter @DominicMHinde   Kiruna, Swedish Lapland – “If you want a cheap kitchen fan or some radiators get in there”, chuckles Kjell Törmä, editor of the local newspaper in the Swedish city of Kiruna…. Continue Reading →

Belgrade Waterfront: A new frontier for civic resistance?

Activist Dobrica Veselinovic describes contemporary activism in Belgrade. Urban citizens have joined forces to tell city leaders Don’t drown Belgrade! Words by Dobrica Veselinovic [Edited by Stacey Hunter] Follow Don’t drown Belgrade! on Twitter and Facebook   Belgrade’s ‘investor urbanism’ is taking place… Continue Reading →

Notes on an Urban Imagination: Sarajevo

Writing a special commission for The New Metropolitan from the post-socialist, post-conflict city of Sarajevo, Boriša Mraović inhabits a city in the midst of an – often brutal – capitalist transformation. His article is set against the backdrop of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s dramatic… Continue Reading →

Sarajevo In Pictures by Richard J Williams

The New Met’s Richard Williams visited Sarajevo at the end of 2014 courtesy of Igor Štiks. As well as attending the Otvoreni Universitet (Open University) for three days, Richard wandered the streets of the enigmatic Bosnian capital, trying to sense something… Continue Reading →

Creating ‘mixed communities’ means starting at the top – so let’s bulldoze Belgravia

Peter Matthews argues that poverty and affluence are two sides of the same coin. One would not exist without the other – and both can be found concentrated in areas of extremes. In this article he identifies how, when trying to… Continue Reading →

Edinburgh: Limits of Citizens’ Participation

Tahl Kaminer shines a light underneath the rhetoric of consultation and the limits of citizens’ participation. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Edinburgh City Council launched an ambitious series of consultations with locals as a prequel to the development of an… Continue Reading →

How to Make a Skyscraper Invisible

The Parisian media has been awash with the Tour Triangle recently, a controversial plan to build a skyscraper in the 15th arrondissment. Read our contributor Richard Williams’ article How to Make a Skyscraper Invisible over at global affairs website Foreign Policy. Click here to read… Continue Reading →

Peter Hall and Non-Plan

By Richard J Williams First published August 2014 at Richard J William’s Blog Peter Hall, who died last week aged 82 was a planner, but also one of the most lucid writers about cities in any language. I routinely give… Continue Reading →

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