15 Jul '11, 7pm

Building better cities so people can have better lives:

"The city is where we humans create culture." So said Joan Clos i Matheu , executive director of UN-HABITAT, at an all-day Ford Foundation conference on "The Just City " yesterday. The room was packed with people who love cities and passionately believe in them. But the very theme of the day was an acknowledgement that the cities we live in today -- as vibrant and dynamic and creative as they may be -- fail us in many ways. Yes, they are the places where we create culture. But sometimes, that culture is exclusive, oppressive, and destructive, both to the environment and to the human spirit. Cities can be terribly unjust. At several panels over the course of the day, some very smart people grappled with how to change that reality. Here are some of the ideas that emerged, and some of the voices that stood out most clearly for me. In the developing world especially, cities ar...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/cities/2011-07-15-building-better-ci...

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