Stories of change

The process of trying to change how things are done or dealt with can be quite frustrating. It seems like people are immune to realising the necessity, the upsides, and the urgency of change, be it infrastructural adaptations, decision-making processes, or behavioural changes. It’s the stories of those that have overcome opposition, implemented radical changes, switched mindsets, or followed through with bold ideas that can spark our own imagination and inspire us to keep going. Within this section of the platform, we want to provide you with uplifting stories of cities and people that made change happen, sometimes against all odds, and inspire you to make change happen yourself.

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Featured Series: The Life-Sized City

The Life-Sized City x Mara Scollo, Milan

How do you translate bottom-up change to an administrative level? How can road space be shared, and how can parents and kids feel safe on their bikes? This is exactly what Massa Marmocchi does....

The Life-Sized City x Santiago Uribe Rocha, Medellin

Medellín - a city where large-scale visionary urban transformation is the norm. But how do you get started with transformations like these? Do you get the ball rolling by acknowledging a city's manyfold challenges?...

The Life-Sized City x Luc Ferrandez, Montréal

How did Projet Montréal emerge from the neighborhoods to being a dominant, city-wide political force? How can we acknowledge the value of public space? And how does this go hand in hand with gentrification? Life-Sized...

The Life-Sized City x Jennifer Keesmaat, Toronto

Did you ever wonder about how much of city planning is actually planning, and how much is fixing? How do you plan for the fastest-growing city in North America and re-design streets for pedestrians,...

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