CoUrbanLab is an international think tank of young people who explore the complexity of the city in its cognitive aspects. The aim of the network is to develop three concept of Think/Feel/Create within public space in order to empower citizens in making life in cities sustainable and inclusive, thus contributing in the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainble Development Goal n. 11.
Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
Cultures and climates differ all over the world, but people are the same. They’ll gather in public if you give them a good place to do it.
What is the city but the people?
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Cities in the Mediterranean region in general, are sharing some common characteristics, other than the climate, the Mediterranean is one of the most diverse areas in the world culturally, ethnically and ideologically. The complexity of the socio-political situation in countries like Lebanon is very important to keep in mind when tackling any urban issue, with all its different levels of stakeholders and actors.
Sunday was a seasonably warm and lovely day to be outside. This being my first trip to the site for this study, I set out to observe the general atmosphere and behaviors of users there with the goal of identifying overarching patterns and hopefully engage in informal conversations with one or more stakeholders.
Since electricity distribution is to be considered as a key element to urban development, the acquisition of the Brazilian main electricity company give space to at least two kinds of discussion about Brazilian cities.