Top 5 Trends in Sustainable Urban Development to Watch and Learn

27.11.2023, All Things Urban Team

What are the essential skills and knowledge areas urbanists should focus on? While grasping all the evolving trends at once can be daunting, we've honed in on the key themes that will define sustainable urban development in the near future. This article, brought to you by the All Things Urban team in partnership with the EIT Urban Mobility Academy, highlights these pivotal trends and offers insights into how their courses can prepare you to navigate and contribute to these exciting developments.

Designing for Well-being: How Shared Living Spaces Shape Urban Life

01.11.2023, Kelly-anne Watson, Managing Director at The Class Foundation

In a world shaken by unprecedented challenges, our understanding of wellbeing has undergone a profound transformation. We have come to recognize how deeply our mental and physical health intertwines with our urban surroundings. Against this backdrop, interior designers and housing operators are stepping up as pivotal forces in city development, championing holistic wellbeing within shared living spaces. Let's explore the facets of intentional design that can amplify well-being in these urban settings.

Stories of Young Urbanists: Meet Faezeh Mohammadi

07.06.2023, Regina Schröter

Faezeh Mohammadi is an Iranian urbanist and programme maker who started out as a Bachelor's student of Urban Planning & Design at the University of Tehran and moved to The Netherlands to continue her studies with a Master’s in Urban & Regional Planning. In this interview, Faezeh shares her experience of pursuing an early career as an international graduate in a “migrant destination” and gives valuable advice on how to overcome these challenges.

Building a Greener Future: A Conversation with Leipzig's Urban Planning Lead Ahead of Velo-City 2023

28.04.2023, Anastasia Sukhoroslova

As urban development continues to evolve, it is crucial to gain insights from those at the forefront of these changes. In the lead up to the world cycling summit Velo-city 2023 in Leipzig, All Things Urban sits down with Thomas Dienberg, the city's Deputy Mayor of Urban Development and Construction. With two decades of experience in urban planning, Dienberg discusses global city development trends, Leipzig's role in the green transition, and the essential skills for future urban developers. His unique perspective brings to light the challenges and triumphs of city-level action, and the potential of strategic urban planning for a sustainable future.

Future Career Trends: Preparing for the Cities of Tomorrow

17.04.2023, Anastasia Sukhoroslova

As the world continues to urbanize at a rapid pace, the need for professionals with interdisciplinary knowledge and soft skills is on the rise. The field of urban studies is becoming increasingly complex, encompassing a wide range of disciplines, from architecture and engineering to social sciences and economics. New multidisciplinary education programs, such as the Bachelor in Urban Studies by IE University, are designed to equip graduates with the skills and knowledge necessary for success in a rapidly evolving urban environment. So, what specific skills are required, and which crucial trends should aspiring urban professionals monitor to remain highly sought-after in the field?

From Cape Town to Brighton: The Power of Open Spaces to Shape Urban Life

14.03.2023, Annabel Fenton

Inhabiting space - whether it be a rural town or a massive metropolis, is an integral part of the human experience, and within our urban encounters lie many stories about the lives we’ve led. Drawing on my experiences of open space in four of the places I’ve lived - Johannesburg, Amsterdam, Cape Town and Brighton - I’ve had a glimpse into the differences and similarities of urban life in these places. What is open space and why do we need it?

How to Build Livable Cities: From Tactical Urbanism to Urban Mobility Futures – Jorn Wemmenhove (Co-Founder of Humankind)

01.03.2023, Regina Schröter

How can we strategically transform cities to be more human-centered? Jorn Wemmenhove, co-founder of Humankind – agency for urban change (Rotterdam), shares his expertise on mobility transition and tactical urbanism. In this interview, All Things Urban spoke with Jorn about current trends in urban planning, practical advice for aspiring professionals and Humankind’s upcoming Masterclass „Beyond Flying Cars“.

Stories of Young Urbanists: Meet Paulina Fried

03.02.2023, Regina Schröter

Coming from a background in Geography, Paulina specialised in Cities & Sustainability at Aalborg University and gained experience working in mobility research at the University of Amsterdam and sustainable urban development at a Germany-based project developer. After working remotely from Lisbon during the pandemic, Paulina is now based in Berlin as a city dialogue consultant for German Railways, bringing their mission of sustainable mobility to life in collaboration with municipalities across the country.

Urban Cycling Cultures – How Copenhagen, Izmir and Malta Are Pushing Their Limits of Active Mobility

16.01.2023, Regina Schröter

Redesigning urban areas to favor active mobility remains a fool-proof way to reduce emissions and improve everyone’s well-being in urban areas worldwide. In the third article, we check out three different approaches to how to push for more cycling – in Copenhagen, Izmir and Malta. Urban Mobility Explained (UMX), the new YouTube channel powered by EIT Urban Mobility, is bringing to you short and easy-to-follow videos that showcase cutting-edge concepts in urban mobility throughout Europe and the world. All Things Urban partnered up with UMX for this article series, for you to broaden your horizon in urban mobility best practices from Europe and around the world.

The Future of Mobility – What Every Urbanist Should Know about Electric Vehicles, Data Spaces and Autonomous Driving

13.12.2022, Regina Schröter

Technological innovations are dramatically changing how we will be moving through our cities in the future. Urban Mobility Explained (UMX), the new YouTube channel powered by EIT Urban Mobility, provides short and easy-to-follow videos that showcase cutting-edge practices and concepts in urban mobility throughout Europe and the world. All Things Urban partnered up with UMX, so you can tap into their state-of-the-art expertise and future-proof your career in urban mobility. This article covers three technological trends – electric mobility, data spaces and autonomous driving – that every urban practitioner needs to know to stay ahead of the curve.
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