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Cities of Opportunities
Connecting Culture and Innovation

Edited By

Jason Pomeroy

ISBN 9780367900656
Published January 24, 2020 by Routledge
246 Pages 184 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

Culture refers to not only the arts but also other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively. It similarly refers to the customs, institutions, and achievements of a social group, a people, or a nation. Innovation refers to the action or process of change, alteration, or revolution; a new method of idea creation or product that may bring about change. It is easy to assume that innovation may be juxtaposed to the preservation of culture and time-tested rituals. Yet as human settlements grew; and as streets and squares evolved through the diverse exchanges of people trading, celebrating, rallying and socially interacting, it should come as little surprise that cities and its places would become, and continue to be, centres of culture and innovation that can be inextricably linked. Culture and Innovation in cities can potentially take on different complexions if viewed through the lens of academics and practitioners drawn from different geographies, disciplines, or fields of expertise when addressing particular urban challenges. It is through this complexity of views that this book seeks to provide a broad perspective on culture and innovation in the context of global cities today; and a rich cornucopia of insights from thought leaders within their respective fields to shape the cities of tomorrow.

Table of Contents

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1.0 Society

1.1 Where is the trust? For the good of the people

Prof. Stephen Naylor and Prof. Sandra Harding

1.2 Shaping inclusive open cities in divisive times — the interplay of communities and the municipality in Vienna

Maria Vassilakou

2.0 Culture

2.1 Building empowering media ecosystems for cities

Emmanuel Benbihy

2.2 Enhancing the identity of cities through creative media installations

Prof. Tim Heath and Evangelia Pavlaki

3.0 Space

3.1 Living better through sport

Lim Teck Yin

3.2 The science of street life and the rebirth of the boulevard

Tim Stonor

4.0 Environment

4.1 Traditional islamic values for passive environmental design

Prof. Hisham Mortada

4.2 Landscape cities

Andrew Grant

5.0 Technology

5.1 Designing emergent futures for productive cities

Tomas Diez

5.2 Understanding the future of education in the context of smart communities

Charif Hamidi

6.0 Economy

6.1 Digital economies and city development: a perspective from Africa and the Middle East

Samvit Kanoria and Prakash Parbhoo

6.2 The rise of the digital economy and its impact on the smart city

Prof. Jason Pomeroy


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Jason Pomeroy is an award-winning architect, academic, author and TV presenter, regarded as one of the world's thought leaders in sustainable design. He gained bachelor and master degrees from the Canterbury School of Architecture and the University of Cambridge; and his PhD from the University of Westminster. He is the founder of Singapore-based interdisciplinary design and research firm Pomeroy Studio, and sustainable education provider, Pomeroy Academy. Pomeroy has authored Pod Off Grid: Explorations in Low Energy Waterborne Communities (2016), The Skycourt and Skygarden: Greening the Urban Habitat (2014) and Idea House: Future Tropical Living Today (2011). He continues to raise cultural awareness of cities through his critically acclaimed TV series ‘Smart Cities 2.0’, ‘City Time Traveller’ and ‘City Redesign’.