A few short weeks away from starting a program in Urban Planning (once only a dream, and then eventually a concrete goal of mine since 2007), I’ve decided to create this blog in order to casually explore and merge what I know and what I will learn about urban (and not so urban) spaces and how they are planned, created, and experienced.
I have lots of questions. What makes a city great? How do we make good cities and fix bad ones? What is the difference between place and space? How are social interactions made possible through built environments, and further still, what inequalities are ignored and reproduced through said constructions? How do we have conversations - and honest ones - about what we want in our neighbourhoods, in our sites of work, play, and rest? How can we move from those conversations into action? What (and who?) governs, structures, and monitors the invisible and silent decisions made for us regarding our city and how we must, should, or can live in it?
I need a place to discover and come up with answers. This is that space.
One of my favorite places in the whole world.