ideas for convivial cities...


Lewis Mumford (1895 – 1990)

"Adding highway lanes to deal with traffic is like loosening your belt to cure obesity." Find more here


Nelson Mandela (1918 - 2013)

"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects & enhances the freedom of others." Architects for Peace thanks Nelson Mandela for his leadership and devotion to humanitarian causes. About his life and achievements see here


Ana María León, "Prisoners of Ritoque" (2012)

"The body of work the [architectural] school produced under the dictatorship stands as the strongest argument for their project. It demonstrates that the disciplinary boundaries of architecture can create a certain freedom, a space to act. But that freedom is also constrained; at the Open City, it required a voluntary imprisonment." Find article here.


Robert Nelson, "The grass isn’t greener in the outer burbs" (7.3.13)

"To be less well-off means to endure greater hardship: less fun time and more grind; and fewer amenities and opportunities for yourself and children. In a society with egalitarian traditions, this disparity of wealth is ugly." Find article: The Conversation.


Jordi Borja, "Los nuevos derechos ciudadanos" (2000)

"El lujo del espacio público y de los equipamientos colectivos no es despilfarro, es justicia. Los programas públicos de vivienda, infraestructuras y servicios deben incorporar la dimensión estética como prueba de calidad urbana y de reconocimiento de necesidad social. Cuanto más contenido social tiene un proyecto urbano, más importante la forma, el diseño, la calidad de los materiales, etc." Find article here.


The Beatles, In my life (1965)

"There are places I'll remember all my life, though some have changed, some forever, not for better, some have gone and some remain. All these places have their moments, with lovers and friends I still can recall, some are dead and some are living, in my life I've loved them all."


Alexander Cuthbert, "Understanding Cities" (2011)

"To retain our design skills and meaningfully inform their use, we are therefore forced to look much deeper into de human condition if we wish to develop an urban design knowledge that is courageous, humane and relevant." About this book.