In Moscow and St. Petersburg where Maxim Atayants works, new buildings continue to be constructed using one of two styles – either classical, or 1960s concrete/glass style.  As an architect, Maxim believes it is important to create a continuous, human scale urban fabric that provides a hospitable background and setting for people’s lives. Classical architecture and urban design allows him to achieve this goal.

Presenting the latest achievements and research from Europe, North America, and around the world, this eReport contains 10 presentations (papers and slide sets), on city strategies, and tools for sustainable infrastructure, innovative research and state of the art solutions.

This eReport, consisting of 7 papers and slide sets, presents some of the most innovative and advanced achievements worldwide for creating a healthy city through protection of green areas and waterways.

I am very pleased this issue is receiving attention from Steve Price.  I hope he and others will take this much further. It is an issue I addressed some time ago in my article Loneliness is Life Threatening: We Can Design Cities to Foster Community. So much more needs to be done!

Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si is an urgent call to humanity to become aware of the negative and immoral impact bad city-making has on the planet, and on humans. The Pope, explained Father Alejandro Crosthwaite at his presentation at the 53rd IMCL Conference in Rome, calls for a global initiative, to reach across national borders and give topmost priority to the preservation of our ‘common home’.

Ferdinand Johns, FAIA gave a gorgeously illustrated, impassioned speech at the 53rd Conference in Rome arguing that the way our buildings and cities are designed really matters. We cannot let the market decide, and we cannot let big corporations or starchitects make all the decisions or we end up with a very unlivable city.

The most important aspect of city making – the design of public spaces for social interaction – is the theme of this e-report, which includes slides and papers by 12 experts and researchers from around the world, including Jan Gehl, Barra MacRuari and Michael Mehaffy. The expert content provides a wealth of insight and information for all committed to creating a more hospitable, lively, and equitable public realm.

Philip B. Stafford highlights the imbalanced priorities of spending and care for elders: while significant funds are spent on aging- related health costs, many countries, including the US,  rank inadequately in terms of aging support. This data supports the notion that this is “not a personal problem, but a community challenge!”

This new E-report focuses on the critical need to promote and support intergenerational communities. Backed by data, policy, and design elements that support “Healthy Communities for all Ages”, this e-report includes slides and papers by 14 experts and researchers from across the globe. The expert content provides a wealth of information, data and insight to advise those committed to the advancement of truly intergenerational communities, and design that promotes aging in place.

Michael Mehaffy, Executive Director of the Sustasis Foundation spoke about the urgency to find a better way of building our cities than we are doing at present because in the next 50 years we will produce more urban fabric than in the last 5,000 years.

“What have we learned?” asks Michael. We have learned that to create a truly livable, healthy city is all about facilitating connective relationships at different levels. We need to think about urbanism as a “place network”. The way the built environment is designed facilitates interaction in many subtle ways between the public realm, people in the street, and the private realm, people in the surrounding buildings.

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