The City Shaped


Spiro Kostof (1936-1991) was a leading Professor of Architectural History at the University of California at Berkeley, and wrote a companion volume to this book, The City Assembled, also published by Thames and Hudson. “Published to overwhelming critical acclaim, this classic study of cities explains how and why cities — among the most enduring and remarkable of all human artefacts — took the shape they did. Professor Kostof focuses on a number of themes — organic patterns, the grid, the city as diagram, […]

The King’s Speech of Willem Alexander


In his yearly speech, in 2016 on the 20th of September, King Willem Alexander of The Netherlands (Pantone Royal Purple) in his role as steward (Chess King), addresses the public values (Pantone Serenity) as safety, cohesion, equality and security, public risks (Pantone High Risk Red) as disruption, terrorism, cybercrime, fear and loss of human dignity, all this in the perspective of public governance (Pantone Imperial Blue) as basis for the 2017 budget of The Netherlands. This on the by him expressed background of facts and feelings the country is doing […]

The Lonely City


Source: Olivia Laing. What does it mean to be lonely? How do we live, if we’re not intimately engaged with another human being? How do we connect with other people? Does technology draw us closer together or trap us behind screens?  When Olivia Laing moved to New York City in her mid-thirties, she found herself inhabiting loneliness on a daily basis. Fascinated by this most shameful of experiences, she began to explore the lonely city by way of art. Moving fluidly between works […]

New logo Quaterna Publica


Governance Connect (GC) publishes in cooperation with PRIMO the magazine Quaterna Publica, entirely focused on ‘Management and Governance of Public Values and Risks’. For this magazine GC has developed a new logo. The font has been updated from the spiky Charlemagne towards the more elegant and classic Futura. The palette of colors has been outlined and standardised from previous different sets for different countries towards one set of white – black – quartz pink (Pantone).

The Rainforest


There once was a rainforest along the big river, pristine and full of life. Almost 20.000 varieties of plants, hundreds of mammals, reptiles and amphibians and with more freshwater fish and primates than anywhere else on the planet. A paradise so to say. Among the abundant wildlife there live indians. Just a few. Average one on every 4 square kilometer. To get the picture: a country as The Netherlands would have 10.000 inhabitants (now 17 million), The United Kingdom 60.000 (now 65 million). […]

From a Higher Point of View

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‘Reflection’ is in fact zooming out in trying to connect the dots. Or as Alexander von Humboldt stated in 1858 (Cosmos part I) in connecting the dots between the different sciences: “Physical geography…, elevated to a higher point of view, … embraces the sphere of organic life…”. That was a great discovery. He was in fact the first ecologist with a holistic view on the natural environment. Darwin adored him. In the same way the public domain can be considered, […]


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Source: Tate Recognition, winner of IK Prize 2016 for digital innovation, is an artificial intelligence program that compares up-to-the-minute photojournalism with British art from the Tate collection. Over three months from 2 September to 27 November, Recognition will create an ever-expanding virtual gallery: a time capsule of the world represented in diverse types of images, past and present. A display at Tate Britain accompanies the online project offering visitors the chance to interrupt the machine’s selection process. The results of this experiment […]

Next City


Next City is a nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire social, economic and environmental change in cities through journalism and events around the world. Our vision is for a world in which cities are not in crisis and are instead, leading the way toward a more sustainable, equitable future. Published in The City Ecosystem

Misconduct and Systemic Risk

Mark Carney

“The incidence of financial sector misconduct has risen to a level that has the potential to create systemic risks by undermining trust in both financial institutions and markets.”

Mark Carney, The Bank of England Governor

*Published in PRIMO

Seeing the field

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This part of the movie ‘The Legend Of Bagger Vance‘ (2000) is about focus on the target. Or maybe about knowing and feeling the circumstances and your own abilities and perspective in reaching for your objective. It is about the governance of values and therefor about risk management. Risk can be defined as a deviation from target, which is an interpretation of the ISO 31000 definition: ‘risk is the effect of uncertainty on objectives’. Leaders and managers … ‘seeing the field’ in taking action […]

Democratic Representation

From Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

King Arthur:
I am your king.

Well I didn’t vote for you.

King Arthur:
You don’t vote for kings.

Well how’d you become king then?

King Arthur:
The Lady of the Lake, her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water, signifying by divine providence that I, Arthur, was to carry Excalibur. THAT is why I am your king.

Listen, strange women lyin’ in ponds distributin’ swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.

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By Jack Kruf A week ago, the United Kingdom voted for Brexit. ‘We are out’. The buzzword last week was  ‘uncertainty’, coming from the mouths of thousands of politicians, citizens and business leaders. The last seven days it was by far the most mentioned issue, word, context with huge consequences for the market. ISO defines risk as ‘the effect of uncertainty on objective’. Well, here we are. Risks affecting society – public risks – are about social and economic performance, professional and political reputation […]

Geographically accurate London Tube map


The new map was produced after a Freedom of Information request by James Burbage: “Please supply a geographically accurate map of all the stations, platforms, lines and tracks that form the London Underground, London Overground, Docklands Light Railway and National Rail services where applicable, which is updated as of August/September 2014.” . Source: Telegraph. Quite a difference in feeling with the present utilitarian map:    

The New Economics of Climate Change


Economists are holding up a quantitative mirror to the fundamentally existential problem of climate change. In a time of accelerating climate change, an increasingly volatile reality will eventually come up against the limits of modern portfolio theory. The definition of fiduciary duty is therefore starting to expand, to include not only traditional and largely passive investment policy but also active stewardship of global average temperature. This is an extraordinary paradigm shift in institutional investing. Source: The New Yorker

The magic


… But there’s one form of transportation that seems to transcend the usual angst and to which most travelers fell drawn – the train… …In a plane you’re lucky if you get a few nice views, but on a train that’s all you have. I’ve spent hours doing nothing but looking across the landscape as the train has raced past farms and flower fields. Add to that the fact that train stations are necessarily well located, usually in the center […]