• Byld

    Governance Connect has selected, curated and designed a set of images that can be considered as impressions or expressions of daily life, news, society and nature. The selections are grouped in different categories. Most of the images are part of the preselection used for this phase of development and testing of the store. We work in cooperation with Moood™ and Lente Label™.    

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  • The City Ecosystem

    The world of governance and management of cities has parallels with that of forests. The laws of nature can be applied to cities, public governance on the other hand can be inspired by the science of ecology. This website is mainly inspired by the practical insights and experiences of the city as organism. GC has created this initiative to share some light on the systemic appearance, results, components, roles, relations and processes of the dynamics of the city, internally and externally, this in […]

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  • Dock 18

    A ‘dock’ is generally defined as a platform extending a shore over water, to secure, protect, and provide access to a boat or ship; pier. (Free Dictionary). In a broader sense it is also used for airplanes, computers and smartphones. It is actually a place for loading and unloading, transition, rest, logistics, re-fueling, repair. In a figurative sense a dock can be helpful for those who seek mainland, solid ground, basis, hold or home. A dock is there to re-energize, re-create, re-load and re-focus. On this site it is a selection of articles […]

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  • Codex

    The Codex is mainly inspired by the sciences of ecology and public administration. The codex related to governance in forest ecosystems and cities. It contains essential components, processes, relations and roles. An ecosystem (as well as a city) can be conceived as a set of interactive subsystems one level lower, from the highest level to the basic components, the largest individual living systems – organisms – in the hierarchy (built up from cells, tissues, organs and organ complexes). City components are plants, animals and above […]

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How we’re growing baby corals to rebuild reefs

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TedTalk by Kristen Marhaver. Kristen Marhaver studies corals, tiny creatures the size of a poppyseed that, over hundreds of slow years, create beautiful, life-sustaining ocean structures hundreds of miles long. As she admits, it’s easy to get sad about the state of coral reefs; they’re in the news lately because of how quickly they’re bleaching, dying and turning to slime. But the good news is that we’re learning more and more about these amazing marine invertebrates — including how to help […]

The dawn of de-extinction. Are you ready?

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TedTalk by Stewart Brand. Throughout humankind’s history, we’ve driven species after species extinct: the passenger pigeon, the Eastern cougar, the dodo … But now, says Stewart Brand, we have the technology (and the biology) to bring back species that humanity wiped out. So — should we? Which ones? He asks a big question whose answer is closer than you may think.  

The Landscape Urbanism Reader

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Charles Waldheim, Princeton Architectural Press With populations decentralizing and cities sprawling ever outward, twenty-first-century urban planners are challenged by the need to organize not just people but space itself. Hence a new architectural discourse has emerged: landscape urbanism. In The Landscape Urbanism Reader, Charles Waldheim – who is at the forefront of this new movement – has assembled the definitive collection of essays by many of the field’s top practitioners. Fourteen essays written by leading figures across a range of disciplines and […]

Didier Sornette: How we can predict the next financial crisis

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The 2007-2008 financial crisis, you might think, was an unpredictable one-time crash. But Didier Sornette and his Financial Crisis Observatory have plotted a set of early warning signs for unstable, growing systems, tracking the moment when any bubble is about to pop. (And he’s seeing it happen again, right now.) Didier Sornette (born June 25, 1957 in Paris) is Professor on the Chair of Entrepreneurial Risks at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich). He is also a professor of the Swiss […]

Willie Smits: How to restore a Rainforest

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By piecing together a complex ecological puzzle, biologist Willie Smits believes he has found a way to re-grow clearcut rainforest in Borneo, saving local orangutans — and creating a thrilling blueprint for restoring fragile ecosystems. .  

The Landscape Imagination

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The Collected Essays of James Corner 1990–2010 James Corner, Alison Hirsch, 2014, Princeton Architectural Press. Over the past two decades, James Corner has reinvented the field of landscape architecture. His highly influential writings of the 1990s, included in our bestselling Recovering Landscape, together with a post-millennial series of built projects, such as New York’s celebrated High Line, prove that the best way to address the problems facing our cities is to embrace their industrial past. Collecting Corner’s written scholarship from the […]

Urban Design and the Real Estate Development Process

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By Steve Tiesdell and David Adams, 2011, Wiley “Urban design enables better places to be created for people and is thus seen in Urban Design in the Real Estate Development Process as a place-making activity, rather than the application of architectural aesthetics. Urban design policy can change the ‘decision environment’ of developers, financiers, designers and other actors in the real estate development process to make them take place-making more seriously. This book reports diverse international experience from Europe and North America on […]

City Design

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Jonathan Barnett, 2016 – Routledge.  City Design: Modernist, Traditional, Green and Systems Perspectives describes the history and current practice of the four most widely accepted approaches to city design: Modernist city of towers and highways that, beginning in the 1920s, has come to dominate urban development worldwide but is criticized as mechanical and soul-less. Traditional organization of cities as streets and public places, scorned by the modernists, but being revived today for its human scale. Green city design, whose history can be traced […]

Good Government and Coordination

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By Jack Kruf. The painting in the Town Hall of the City (and from Republic) of Siena is called The Allegory of Good and Bad Government. It is a series of three fresco panels painted in the Sala Dei Nove by Ambrogio Lorenzetti in 1338/1339. The series consists of six different scenes: Allegory of Good Government, Allegory of Bad Government, Effects of Bad Government in the City, Effects of Bad Government in the Country, Effects of Good Government in the City and Effects of Good Government in the Country.  The only way to get […]

The City in History

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Lewis Mumford wrote the this National Book Award winning book with the subtitle “Its Origins, Its Transformations, and Its Prospects”. It was published by Harcourt in 1961. The author argues for a world not in which technology reigns, but rather in which it achieves a balance with nature. His ideal vision is what can be described as an “organic city,” where culture is not usurped by technological innovation but rather thrives with it. . Mumford contrasts these cities with those constructed around […]

The Complex Ecosystems of Cities, Where Plants Meet Politics

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Source: Wired. A biologist might, let’s say, a particular species of rabbit, spending years in the field observing a population of them. A botanist might do the same with a specific grass or tree. But ecologists? They study life, too, but in whole systems at once. An ecologist might study the rabbit, the grass, and add in the local wolf population too. That’s because she’s less interested in the behaviors and traits of one species and more interested in how they […]

Citizens say ‘No’ to Farc Agreement

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In Colombia a peace deal with Farc rebels to end 52 years of war, was rejected by citizens referendum. It seems government had put all the pieces  in place to begin implementation of a deal. President Juan Manuel Santos and Farc leader Timochenko had signed the agreement. This result of the referendum was unexpected and unforeseen. Now beside government also politics need to get involved to get things done, if it ever will be. The conflict is on one about many underlying of […]

Amanda Burden

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More than 8 million people are crowded together to live in New York City. What makes it possible? In part, it’s the city’s great public spaces — from tiny pocket parks to long waterfront promenades — where people can stroll and play. Amanda Burden helped plan some of the city’s newest public spaces, drawing on her experience as, surprisingly, an animal behaviorist. She shares the unexpected challenges of planning parks people love — and why it’s important. TEDTalks is a […]

Amsterdam Smart City

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Amsterdam Smart City (ASC) is a unique partnership between companies, governments, knowledge institutions and the people of Amsterdam. It is a frontrunner in the development of Amsterdam as a Smart City. A Smart City is a city where social and technological infrastructures and solutions facilitate and accelerate sustainable economic growth. This improves the quality of life in the city for everyone. ASC believes in a habitable city where it is pleasant to both live and work. In six years ASC has […]

Cities Safer by Design

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This pdf booklet is a global reference guide to help cities save lives from traffic fatalities through improved street design and smart urban development. Over 1.2 million people die in traffic crashes globally, mostly pedestrians, and that number is growing every year. This hands-on guide taps examples from cities worldwide and includes 34 different design elements to improve safety and quality of life. President Andrew Steer of the World Resources Institute: The majority of these deaths happen in and around urban areas, disproportionately affecting vulnerable […]

Cities and Climate Change

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The World Bank | 2009 . This older publication is noteworthy. What did we know a lot then about what we could expect of the impacts on cities to come by climate change. Interesting to read in your preparation for coming week. .  The 5th urban research symposium on cities and climate change responding to an urgent agenda, held in Marseille in June 2009, sought to highlight how climate change and urbanization are converging to create one of the greatest challenges of our time. .  Cities consume […]

Deutsche Bank versus Angela Merkel

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Chancellor Angela Merkel has ruled out any state assistance for Deutsche Bank AG. The German leader also declined to step into the bank’s legal imbroglio with the U.S. Justice Department related to $14 billion in sanctions. The finances of Germany’s biggest lender are raising concern among German politicians. The damage can be seen in its share price. Last October, € 27. Back in 2007,  € 100. Today, € 10.55. The largest Bank in Europe is at high risk, but German government steps back. […]

The City at Eye Level

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Forward by Dr. Joan Clos, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director, UN-Habitat. The character of a city is defined by its streets and public spaces. From squares and boulevards to neighbourhood gardens and children’s playgrounds, public space frames the city image. In the history of cities, successful urban development has not been possible without an organized physical layout and a system of public spaces and street connectivity within cities. Streets play a critical role in cities, connecting spaces, […]