Parks and urban green spaces enrich people’s lives in many ways and are known to provide a range of physical and mental health benefits to communities within which they are located. In the past year, with the increasing number of restrictions and guidelines for social distancing due to the global pandemic, parks across the world have seen dramatic increase in use. They have become spaces of resilience, personal restoration, and social activity when the usual amenities were not available. Parks today provide access to a range of activities such as exercising,
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The City Nature Challenge is an international global citizen science event that brings together cities around the globe in a friendly competition to observe and identify the biodiversity in their communities. The event focus on urban areas to promote the idea that one does not need to leave the city to connect with nature. This year, we will be exploring local parks, backyards, and neighborhoods to observe wild plants and animals that share our environment.
Inspired by the events that were unraveling in summer 2020, and acknowledging the fact that as architects and urban designers, we are stewards of public space, Urban Design committee in partnership with AIA|DC & Equity Committee by WIELD launched a design competition titled -
POLITICS, PROTESTS + PLACE - The Role of Inclusion Urbanism in Civic Activism.
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During the twentieth century the world population increased at a higher rate than at any other period in time, from around 1.5 billion people in 1900 to nearly 7 billion today. Facing these figures, it is impossible not to think about what we have done to accommodate this population, or rather, what all these people have done to obtain housing. Figures indicate that although we have been able to build large quantities of houses, and have begun to cover the quantitative deficit, today the great challenge is to improve the quality of the existing housing stock. At a time in which this effervescent population growth persists–particularly in the geographical regions of the Global South and in emerging economies–the question is how do we change the paradigm and start thinking about housing in relation to the quality of the urban fabric to build better cities.