Urban Democracy = Public Spaces

. Public spaces give the citizen a place to be social and to relax. More importantly, they provide a space for freedom of speech and protest – a vital component of any healthy democracy.






Kaarin Taipale is a world expert in urban sustainability. She is visiting professor in the Urban Laboratory at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. She is a former senior visiting fellow at the Center for Knowledge and Innovation Research with the Helsinki School of Economics, Finland. She is the coordinator of the UN-initiated Marrakech Task Force on Sustainable Buildings and Construction and is the former Chair of Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI).


Urban Sustainainability – Part One

Kaarin Taipale believes that global sustainability will be won or lost in cities. Now that over half the world’s population lives in cities, local governance plays an increasingly…
Recorded: 12 May 2007

Urban Sustainainability – Part Two

Kaarin Taipale continues to speak to the subject of local democracy in the urban context. She talks about the pressing need to develop cleaner public transport systems. She gives…
Recorded: 12 May 2007

New Urbanism

As of this year, the world’s population is officially urban. Taipale looks at the future of urban development and discusses how new cities could be designed. She expresses hope…
Recorded: 12 May 2007

Secure Cities

Taipale briefly examines the issue of security in cities. It’s in the interests of the municipal government to create safe urban environments. Safe cities attract private investment,…
Recorded: 12 May 2007