‘THE SOUL OF THE CITY -THE STRENGTH WHICHMAKES IT BREATHE,EXIST AND PROGRESS -RESIDES IN EACH ONEOF ITS CITIZENS’Jaime Lerner,mayor of Curitiba
‘THE REASON I’VE GOT AVISION IS THAT I DON’THAVE ANYTHING ELSE...IF YOU VISITED THETOWN CENTRE TODAYYOU’D COME AWAYTHINKING IT WAS AWFUL’Council leader, north Kent
‘WITHOUT A VISION, THEPEOPLE PERISH’But without the people, whatvalue is the vision?
PLACES OF DISCOVERY AND OPPORTUNITYFROM THE ELDERS AT THE CITY GATE TO URBAN EXPLORERS
‘TOWN CENTRES THAT ARE FITFOR THE 21ST CENTURY NEEDTO BE MULTIFUNCTIONALSOCIAL CENTRES, NOTSIMPLY COMPETITORS FORSTRETCHED CONSUMERS’The 21st Century Agora: anew and better vision fortown centres
HOW CAN WE BECOMEFLANEURS IN OUR OWNTOWNS?‘The spectator is a princewho everywhere rejoices inhis incognito’Charles Baudelaire
PLACEMAKING AND EVERYDAY LIFETHE VALUE OF THE UNFINISHED
‘EVERYDAY LIFEINVENTS ITSELF INCOUNTLESS WAYS BYPOACHING ON THEPROPERTY OF OTHERS’Michel de Certeau,The Practice of EverydayLife
‘BEHIND EVERYPROJECT, REINVENTING,RECYCLING, REUSINGAND RE-IMAGINING OURTOWNS ARE POP-UPPEOPLE’Dan Thompson,Pop-Up People
BUILDING UP BY LETTING GOHOW MUCH CONTROL ARE WE WILLING TO LOSE?
‘I HAVE SEEN THEPOWER OF SMALLACTIONS AND IT ISAWESOME’Pam Warhurst,Incredible Edible Todmorden
CAN WE TURN TOWNCENTRE MANAGERSINTO TOWN CENTREANIMATORS?‘Once we invest in and createsocial capital in the heart ofour communities, theeconomic capital will follow’Mary Portas
‘It is through the performance of creative acts, inart, in thought, in personal relationships, that thecity can be identiﬁed as something more than apurely functional organisation of factories andwarehouses, barracks, courts, prisons andcontrol centres.’Lewis Mumford, The City in History
*endnote: if you think this isn’t about hardeconomics, remember the ﬁrst law of themarket: the customer is always right.
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