So you’re interested in what you can read to become a better designer, architect, urban planner, urbanist, or neighbour living and working in a super-divers city? Here are a few recommendations from our Designing Cities For All (DCFA) team, and we will add recommendations periodically. For all you city designers that want to empower yourself (and others), let these reads guide your practice of transforming cities for the better.
When do people feel at home in a city, when do they call it ‘our city?’ What are the suitable strategies for fostering inclusion? There are many ways to look at this subject – from gentrification to shrinking cities, from safe cities for all to healthy sustainable, and resilient cities. In Our City, a publication by Stipo, you can read all about strategies, projects, and proposed solutions towards this aim.
Super-diversity draws a new perspective in the debate on integration. For the first time, the people in Amsterdam of Dutch origin are a minority. This brings on the question: who should adapt to who? Professor Maurice Crul offers a progressive alternative for the failed idea of multiculturalism and the worn-out call from politicians for migrants to adapt to Dutch values. In his view, the key to a successfully diverse society lies in the emancipation of second-generation women. Keen to know more? Maurice was one of our speakers during our DCFA livecast The IdenCity: Human Cities.