Will micro-apartments on Hanover Street reshape Manchester’s identity?

Is Manchester ready to take a giant step into the future of urban life with micro-apartments that would target millennials?

The Flats @ Hanover Commons will connect Bronstein Park (formerly Hanover Commons) to Elm Street and “spur re-gentrification by attracting a tenant base focused on walk-ability, amenities and living efficiency.”

If a micro-apartment complex succeeds here it may help solve one of the city’s biggest challenges: attracting and maintaining a young, educated workforce, needed to help companies of the future grow their workforce and potentially shift the focus of the downtown, toward a more walkable, upscale culture.

He said for him it’s less about “gentrification,” a term that can be divisive, and more about “softening the concentration of poverty.”

Can India’s Ancient Stepwells Help Solve the Country’s Water Crisis?

Now largely obsolete, these Escher-like cisterns were once monuments of public life. And in the midst of water shortage, stepwells may refill their civic role.Now largely obsolete, these Escher-like cisterns were once monuments of public life. And in the midst of water shortage, stepwells may refill their civic role.

http://www.citylab.com/design/2014/11/can-indias-ancient-stepwells-help-solve-the-countrys-water-crisis/383045/

Conference: Metropolitain Temporalities

“The World in the City: Metropolitanism and Globalization from the 19th century to the Present”

Annual conference of the International Graduate Research Program Berlin-New York-Toronto

The conference explores the question what role time plays in the characterization of the metropolis and the global processes that sustain metropolitan life. Over the past three decades, both urban studies and globalization studies have predominantly focused on spatial concerns, often neglecting the important temporal dimensions of global urban development. The conference therefore seeks to systematically examine the diverse temporal aspects of global exchange and metropolitan development.

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http://www.geschundkunstgesch.tu-berlin.de/fileadmin/fg95/Veranstaltungen/2014/Metropolitan_Temporalities_Programm_web.pdf