You’re the inspiration
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10 September 2015
Photo: Harold Navarro
Where do cities take their inspiration from? In this episode of ‘The Urbanist’ we explore how our cities rely on each another to draw lessons and move forward, from New York and London tackling similar problems to how a bike-sharing scheme proved to be contagious. Plus: every continent claims to have its own Venice – but is that actually a good thing?
10 September 2015
Photo: Arian Zwegers
Once the centre of the vast Austro-Hungarian Empire, Vienna has left an indelible mark on the main cities of its former lands. And even though these are now independent states in their own right, that imperial heritage lives on.
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Planning plays an essential role in ensuring a city stays on track and tackles its problems in a timely manner. In the case of New York however, this task has been made easier by relying on an old friend: London. Carl Weisbrod, director of New York department of City Planning and the chairman of the City Planning Commission, talks about the similarities between both cities.
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Perhaps one of the cities that sees its name being used the most is Venice. We’ve all heard about ‘the Venice of Asia’ or that really nice little town that is just like Venice. But apart from the name and having a couple of canals, do these cities actually take any inspiration from the original city?
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