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

December 19, 2018 in Co-producing Urbanisms Event, News

Realising Just Cities Cape Town Conference

Article originally published via RJC. ‘Comparative Co-production’ was the theme of the 2018 Mistra Urban Futures conference in Cape Town earlier this month, which was attended by members of the Urban Institute’s Realising Just Cities team. Opening drinks at the…
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December 18, 2018 in Event, News

Urban Institute Events Programme 2019

Take a look at the Urban Institute's exciting programme of events for 2019. More details to follow. Vanesa Castan Broto, Inagural Lecture: Changing cities in a changing climate 20 March 2019, The Diamond - Sheffield This lecture examines how the climate…
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Networks

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

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of the Earth’s surface has been urbanised

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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