Urban Humans

Today over half of the world’s expanding population live in cities. What does this mean for being an ‘urban human’? Answering this question requires knowledge of how technological, environmental, biological and political changes affect urban life. It is also necessary to understand how urban humans are imagined and how these framings inform city processes.

The theme advances our understanding of the distinctive nature of the 21st Century ‘urban human’ and examines implications for policy-making, planning and design.

Research Questions
–    Do assistive technologies and architectures extend human capacities and functionality beyond existing human norms?
–    How does urban life
shape the corporeality and physical/mental health of bodies and does this produce a distinctive type of urban human?
–    Does the need to live with others and deal with tensions, generate questions about specifically ‘urban’ human rights?
–    What survival strategies
are needed for the marginalised urban human that improvises on the edge of the formal economy?

News

May 14, 2018 in Urban Automation

New project: Beyond Smart Cities

The Urban Automation and Robotics team led by Prof Simon Marvin at the Urban Institute received the Royal Society research grant under the International Exchanges 2017 Cost Share (China) scheme. The awarded project, titled Beyond Smart Cities: A Comparative Analysis…
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May 10, 2018 in Event

16 May 2017 Governing in and against austerity: reflections from an eight-case international study

Professor Jonathan Davies (De Montfort University) 'Governing in and against austerity: reflections from an eight-case international study' This event is jointly hosted by USP and The Urban Institute. For more information, see the Urban Studies and Planning website
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Events

May 14, 2018

New project: Beyond Smart Cities

May 10, 2018

16 May 2017 Governing in and against austerity: reflections from an eight-case international study

Networks

Volumetric urbanism workshop (June 2017) – Joint with Rowland Atkinson and UWS

3

of the Earth’s surface has been urbanised

4

people currently living in urban areas

2.5

Number of people who voluntarily wear an electronic tracking device such as a smartphone

80

Approximately of global GDP is generated in cities