Bad news for Lisboans: Your city is the next Berlin

Sunday, 30 July, 2017

“The city centre is now a busy, upmarket hub, and distinctive local shops are making way for international brands such as Cartier, Prada and Bulgari, interspersed by an H&M, a Zara, a McDonald’s or a Burger King. The magisterial Rua Augusto, that leads to the triumphal arch, sees barely a Lisboan or the iconic tram no. 28 that winds its way up the hill through the steep city hills is full of tourists and locals cannot get on.”

So wrote Charles Landry on 8 February in a blog entry titled Lisbon is the next Berlin… Landry is the author of The Civic City in a Nomadic World which will be published by the Rotterdam-based nai010 in October. Blurb:

“We are in the midst of redesigning the world and all its systems as we witness the biggest mass movement of people, goods, factories, frenzied finance and ideas in history. Vast flows make the new norm nomadic. Yet there is a yearning for belonging, distinctiveness and identity as the ‘anytime, anyplace, anywhere’ phenomenon enabled by digitization is changing how we interact with space, place and time.”

Out of this, Charles Landry, says will emerge a different kind of city: the civic city, which will be based on an urban commons, connection and shared lives.

The Civic City

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