Urban Ominbus contributor, Gerald Frug, recently adapted text from a 2005 speech given at an Urban Age conference. I was fortunately living in England when the exhibit based on the studies of Urban Age entitled “Global Cities” took its temporary home at the Tate Modern. It brings to light the growing concern of population growth for the worlds most dense cities coming from both developing and developed nations, and the complexities facing each, with the underlying question of where do we place all of these people?  

Within the same vein of the exhibit, although strictly looking at New York and London, the article begins to articulate the difference in local governance types between the city of New York and London, which are at the heart of what doesn’t work for both. However, my response (see the bottom of the Urban Ominbus article) to the condition resonates more political differences, which I believe lies at the heart of the “Empowerment of Cities.”  If you have a second, take some time and learn a bit more about the governance of New York and London and some of the critical differences in understanding what works and what doesn’t. 

The photos are of pics I took at the Global Cities Exhibit in 2007. It inhabited the northern portion in Turbine Hall in a two-tier display of models, maps and videos. The most memorable was a video of Sao Paulo depicting the decline of their cities’ infrastructure, where helicopters are more prevalent thaN cars! The city appears dead, as highways are deserted; used more as paths than motorways. This exhibit was an eye-opening experience; a true insight of what Americans take for granted.


San Francisco initiates the first nationwide green building code, setting a new baseline for green building practices statewide. Local and state building departments will inspect and verify code compliance as is standard with the permit process.

It’s great to see California implementing code standards that will impact all construction regardless of any third-party certification, such as LEED.  To read more visit…http://gov.ca.gov/press-release/14186/ 

Happy Green Building!

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