Video: The Future of Cities

From Oscar Boyson on Medium:

Organic Filmmaking and City Re-Imagining

“What does “the future of cities” mean? To much of the developing world, it might be as simple as aspiring to having your own toilet, rather than sharing one with over 100 people. To a family in Detroit, it could mean having non-toxic drinking water. For planners and mayors, it’s about a lot of things — sustainability, economy, inclusivity, and resilience. Most of us can hope we can spend a little less time on our commutes to work and a little more time with our families. For a rich white dude up in a 50th floor penthouse, “the future of cities” might mean zipping around in a flying car while a robot jerks you off and a drone delivers your pizza. For many companies, the future of cities is simply about business and money, presented to us as buzzwords like “smart city” and “the city of tomorrow.”

Re-Imagining Urban Space in Vancouver [Video]

Ali Butcher knows the built forms of our cities expose something about our values and priorities. In his TEDxJacksonville talk,  Redefining Space: Creativity and Sustainability in the City, Butcher first examines the shared historical narratives of Jacksonville and Vancouver, BC, and then charts where the cities’ values and growth patterns have diverged. Butcher challenges us …

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Jane Jacobs—Neighborhoods in Action

A great video produced by the Active Living Network (a project of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation). The clip explores the role of the built environment in physical activity and public health and features an interview with the urban goddess herself. It’s 9 minutes and 46 seconds VERY well spent.

I love Jane Jacobs’ support for skateboarding as an important of youth physical activity. There are lots of good aphorisms at the end as well.