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What Are People Saying? We Own The City Reviews

The publication We Own The City launched late May 2014. Here you can read reviews of the book. This page will be updated as reviews continue to come in.

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The publication We Own The City launched late May 2014. Here you can read reviews of the book. This page will be updated as reviews continue to come in.
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On the theme of We Own The City: Enabling Community Practice in Architecture and Urban Planning, CITIES hosted a Global Urban Blogger Competition to catalyze the discourse through stories from more cities. One urban explorer won €200, our new book and a spot on Skype at the book launch. Read more here.
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How are top-down actors enabling bottom-up, people-driven initiatives in YOUR city? We posed this question to urban bloggers around the world. Read their stories from Lagos, Brussels, Port au Prince, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Madrid, Toronto, Vienna and Rennes here.
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Calling all urban bloggers! Join the global discussion – let’s break down boundaries of conventional urban development practices and push for inclusive people-driven progress! We want more voices on the theme of We Own The City. The winner will receive 200 Euros, a fresh copy of our new book, and a spotlight mention at our book launch, May 27th in Amsterdam.
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Nourish the body and mind – tantalizing your taste buds and learning about Amsterdam’s food history in an exploration of the beautiful city center today. Late April, we kick-off the 2014 Old Amsterdam Food Tour! Tours start the 23rd and 30th in both Dutch and English. Find out more!
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We Own the City the publication is kicking off with a grand book launch in Amsterdam May 27th at Pakhuis de Zwijger, before launches in Hong Kong, New York City, Moscow and Taipei. Details and program for Amsterdam's launch here!
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From past to present, the Old Amsterdam Food Tour links traditional knowledge and tastes with the present. Linking the Tour’s past with present, we were granted by Stadsdeel Amsterdam Centrum to launch an all-new tour this year!
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    A global project aiming to re-institutionalize urban development in a more collaborative, innovative and effective fashion. We Own The City the publication launched 27 May 2014, featuring research in New York, Moscow, Amsterdam, Hong Kong and Taipei, and interviews with architects such as OMA, MVRDV, NEXT Architects and UN Studio.
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    An international crowd on stage, via Skype and in the audience joined together at CITIES book launch 27 May 2014 at Pakhuis de Zwijger to discuss We Own The City: Enabling Community Practice in Architecture and Urban Planning
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    Organized to kick-off a new season of the Old Amsterdam Food Tour, the first-ever Old Amsterdam Food Market was a tasty, fun success. Find photos and more recapturing the day here.
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    Using food as a tool to experiment in democratic innovation, we prototyped a citizen-inclusive Food Council on Dec 11th. at Pakhuis de Zwijger
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