Space10 is IKEA’s global research and design lab, which has recently compiled its years of research in a new book, ‘The Ideal City: exploring urban futures’. It spans from the resourceful city to the shared one, and the safe city to the desirable. We hear from Simon Caspersen, the co-founder of Space10.
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The new town movement was crucial in creating purposefully planned, developed and built cities to not only urbanise new areas but also to act as a solution to overcrowding. Rosemary Wakeman is a professor of history at Fordham University in New York and the author of ‘Practicing Utopia: an intellectual history of the new town movement’.
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While there is no such thing as a perfect city, each city has moments and features of perfection: from buildings to streets, green areas to the social side of it. Joe Berridge is a partner at Urban Strategies Inc. and author of ‘Perfect City: an urban fixer’s global search for magic in the modern metropolis’.
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