Innovations in Participation​

Cities are and always have been buzzing hubs of innovation.

The increasing number of urban inhabitants and density in cities will simply intensify innovation, which is why I am dedicating this category to all the innovative ideas on how to organize urban life. There are different forms of innovation, for example high tech innovation (smart cities), sustainability innovation (green cities) or policy innovation (participatory cities). I will feature innovations of all kinds.

Probably most interesting are innovative solutions from poor urban environments. When under pressure, people come up with many fascinating ideas to make their neighbourhood work.

Please share any innovative and inspiring urban solutions you know!

Urban Farming as a Future Source of Nutrition?

Rapid urbanisation also means that there is an increased need for food supply. This article looks at vertical farming, aquaponics and small-scale solutions that try to tackle food supply.

Can Participation Be Smart?

This article discusses whether participation can be smart (e-participation) as an element of a smart city and how this could help to improve participatory practices particularly in poorer countries.

Walls of Kindness

A guest article describing a very different and innovative use of walls.

Children and Urban Planning

The creativity and different perspective of children can be used in different ways to enhance urban planning.

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