What is Community Engagement and Why is It Crucial for Urban Planning?
29.09.2022, Maarit Kahila and Anna Broberg, Maptionnaire
Community is the key to most urban planning projects. But how to engage with citizens to make sure their voices are heard and all involved parties – planners, clients, residents – are happy? This article is sponsored by Maptionnaire— a community engagement solution for comprehensive collection, analysis, and reporting of citizens' feedback and ideas for developing urban environments. Maarit Kahila and Anna Broberg, both holding a PhD in urban planning, founded Maptionnaire in 2011, which has since been used in over 40 countries. Maptionnaire believes that successful, resilient, and inclusive planning is achieved only together with residents – because they are the ones who have unique knowledge about their living environments. In this piece, Maarit and Anna explain why community engagement is essential and how Maptionnaire can help you navigate the key tools of efficient community engagement.
Stories of Young Urbanists: Meet Mariko Sugita
19.09.2022, Nayla Saniour
Mariko Sugita is an independent editor, journalist, and researcher on architecture and urbanism. She owns the website Traveling Circus of Urbanism and manages the cultural space Bridge To in Kyoto where she hosts an “urbanist in residence” program. Mariko co-founded For Cities, a new urban experience design studio based in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Amsterdam.
Stories of Young Urbanists: Meet Dorraine Duncan and Jhordan Channer
22.06.2022, Regina Schröter
Dorraine Duncan and Jhordan Channer are co-founders of Island City Lab, a think-tank confronting urban issues in cities across island nations. Whilst Dorraine studied environmental policy and urban planning and Jhordan architecture at Georgia Tech, Atlanta, they gained internship experience in Singapore and Guangzhou, South China. After graduation, they moved to New York City, where Dorraine worked in municipal planning and Jhordan in urban design. They were both fellows at the Urban Design Forum before they returned to Kingston, Jamaica, where they are now based.
Stories of Young Urbanists: Meet Camila Jordan
08.02.2022, Nayla Saniour
Camila Jordan is an environmental engineer turned urban planner, policy researcher and community advocate. While initially working as an environmental analyst, she volunteered for several years at TETO, a Latin American NGO that builds emergency housing for underserved communities. She then obtained a Master’s in Public Administration in Development Practice at Columbia University, New York City, where she led a pilot program to create more social housing. Camila is currently the executive director at TETO Brazil.
Stories of Young Urbanists: Meet Manali Sheth
21.01.2022, Nayla Saniour
Manali Sheth initially studied Ethnomusicology in California and traveled to Turkey and India before shifting her career through an urban planning crash course. She received a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of Washington in Seattle while doing research at the Urban Freight Lab. Manali then joined Arup as a logistics consultant, and she is currently working at the Shared-Use Mobility Center in Chicago.
Stories of Young Urbanists: Meet Jos Kenter
04.11.2021, Regina Schröter
Jos Kenter is an urban designer, illustrator and researcher based in Rotterdam. He studied his Bachelor's and Master’s in Urbanism at TU Delft, and graduated with a thesis about autonomous vehicles and what their arrival to cities might mean for urban planning. Jos is currently working on the development of future scenarios for Dutch cities and regions as Junior Urban Designer and Researcher at RUIMTEVOLK.
Stories of Young Urbanists: Meet Franca Fellmann
29.09.2021, Regina Schröter
Franca Fellmann grew up in Switzerland supporting progressive ideas from a young age. During her Bachelor’s in Geography and Sociology, she discovered her interest for sustainable urban development and moved to Rotterdam for a Master’s degree in Urban Management and Development. Franca is currently interning at the Cantonal and Urban Development division of the Canton of Basel-City.
Stories of Young Urbanists: Meet Erica Belcher
17.07.2021, Nayla Saniour
Erica Belcher studied arts and culture in Maastricht, Netherlands, before moving to the UK for her master’s degree at the London School of Economics. She then worked as a policy researcher in think tanks, immersing herself in the world of local governance where she became progressively interested in urbanism. Her next step as policy data analyst brings her to work on UK national issues of data science and statistics.
Stories of Young Urbanists: Meet Manasvini Hariharan
17.06.2021, Nayla Saniour
Manasvini Hariharan studied architecture in her hometown Chennai, India, before shifting to urbanism. She traveled to Tours, France, on a scholarship for a Master’s degree in urban planning, then returned to Mumbai to apply her skills on the ground in the city. She later moved to Seoul, South Korea, to work as a planner and strategist in urban regeneration projects, along with researching high-rise living.
Stories of Young Urbanists: Meet Elizaveta Fakirova
03.03.2021, Regina Schröter
After graduating in Architectural Environment Design, Elizaveta Fakirova realized her talents were actually on the side of project management. After gaining experience at Strelka KB in Moscow, Russia’s biggest urban consultancy firm, she moved to Berlin to pursue a Master’s in Urban Management. Elizaveta is currently a fellow at Alexander von Humboldt Foundation researching green roofs and facades as a tool to mitigate local climate changes.