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Cities as Software

May 23rd, 2011 17 Comments

This article was written for the latest edition of the Dutch architecture/ design journal Volume… Let me put a scenario to you. Say you live in an aging, fading industrial town. One that has been on receiving end of repeated shocks from earthquakes and natural disasters to the closure of its largest industries and mass […]

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City of Sound on Renew Newcastle as ‘Emergent Urbanism’

February 17th, 2010 5 Comments

Dan Hill of the blog City of Sound fame (and much more besides) has written a piece for the current Architecture Review Australia about ‘bottom up planning’ or ’emergent urbanism’ as he prefers to call it. In the article and the accompanying blog post he uses Renew Newcastle as a strong example and says some […]

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RN on RN

February 28th, 2009 No Comments

Myself and Kim Bridgland from the Renew Newcastle project were on By Design on Radio National this morning. In a situation that may soon confront many Australian city centers, Newcastle has over a hundred vacant buildings in its two main streets. “Renew Newcastle” is an initiative to rejuvenate the centre of town, not by throwing […]

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