Doomscrolling, Doomsurfing, Post-Pandemic Urbanism and Silver Linings

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A message by Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, CSU President Fourth Edition of CSU NEWS “Doomscrolling and doomsurfing are new terms referring to the tendency to continue to surf or scroll through bad news, even though that news is saddening, disheartening, or depressing. Many people are finding themselves reading continuously bad news about COVID-19 without the […]

Streetscapes in Pandemic Mode: A Shock of Opportunity

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by Bill Millard The COVID-19 pandemic caught cities by surprise, and the eerie silence that fell over the streets of New York last March scared some people into thinking we might see the end of urban life as we knew it. Before COVID appeared, the early 21st century saw a widespread rediscovery of the joys […]

Social Distancing Lawn Brings People Together

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by Lukasz Kotynski and Ada Kotynska Exercising on a social distancing lawn in Elblag, Poland (1). Photo by Lukasz Kotynski. In the midst of COVID-19-related uncertainty, Galeria EL Art Centre in Elbląg (Poland) came up with a simple yet clever idea, turning a spacious lawn in its publicly accessible courtyard into a green chessboard. The […]

Africa and Agenda 2030: The Challenge of Creating Growth and Opportunities during a Period of Rapid Change and Urban Transformation

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by Rolf Wichmann, CSU Guest Contributor   This article is an extract of the full report entitled    “THE QUEST FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: Agenda 2030, The New Urban Agenda and their Applicability and Relevance In the World’s Poorest Regions” available here Of all the emerging regions, Africa, especially sub-Saharan Africa, is the region that has […]

New Perspectives on the Future

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by Rick Bell, FAIA, CSU Board Member, Deputy Director of Columbia | CBIPS The Center for Buildings, Infrastructure and Public Space (CBIPS) at Columbia University’s Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science seeks to identify how best to design, construct, and manage buildings, infrastructure, and civic spaces, emphasizing social impact, sustainability, and resilience, in addition […]

(Re)Actions to the Pandemic from Rio de Janeiro’s Sustainable Favela Network

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by Theresa Williamson, CSU Advisory Board Member and Natalia Meléndez, Guest Contributor Rio de Janeiro’s Sustainable Favela Network (SFN), managed by non-profit Catalytic Communities, is a community-based network that connects, strengthens and multiplies sustainability and resilience-building initiatives across the city’s favelas (about 24% of its population). Over the course of 2020, favela communities organized intensively […]